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Top Moments of 2018: Grindstone Coworking

Top Moments of 2018: Grindstone Coworking

10. The Hyphen is Gone!

It might not seem like a big deal, but those of us in this industry will tell you in a heartbeat the difference between co-working and coworking. In October, the AP Stylebook announced it was dropping the hyphen and recognizing what had been known in our circles since 2005: coworking means you work with individuals in the same space but not for the same company.

9. A Flood Isn’t Gonna Stop Us From Our Hustle

If you were anywhere in the RGV back in June, you know we got inundated with lots of rain in a really short time frame. The inside of our offices were spared, but the parking lot and surrounding roads were flooded. So what do you do when it won’t stop raining, and you can’t go anywhere? You play with drones, you frolic a little in the water, but then you get to work. No sense in wasting a perfectly good day because of a little rain. Dreams don’t stop over here just because the sun isn’t out. Video Link Here

8. Continued BBVA Collaborations

We’re grateful that BBVA Compass Bank once again collaborated with us and Code RGV in 2018 to continue hosting Small Business and Personal Finance Workshops to benefit the local community. Through their partnership, we are able to help other small business owners navigate the world of credit scores, loans, and budgeting. We look forward to partnering with them in 2019 for this program once more.

7. Community Membership Launch

For those who already have a brick and mortar office for their business, work elsewhere, or want to meet totally different people than they would at your regular-type of mixer, we created a membership specifically for them! Grindstone Coworking introduced their Community Event Membership that’s best suited for those who want to socialize and network away from the confines of their office, while also surrounding themselves with like-minded individuals who work AND play hard. 

6. Mission Chamber Partnership

“We’re excited to partner up with Grindstone Coworking in our efforts to expand our reach across the Rio Grande Valley. Grindstone Coworking has become a great resource for small business owners, and we hope this partnership will strengthen our community ties and allow us to work alongside a new group of ambitious entrepreneurs,” said Robert Rosell, CEO of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce. – April 2018

5. Grill Masters

One of the perks of being a Grindstone Member is access to some really good food, including delicious BBQ. We have awesome members who are professionals in the office and on the grill. And we all get to reap the benefits of their craft. From random mid-week BBQs, fish fries during Lent, and the Famous Jinks Realty Hot Dogs.

4. Hey Ma! We’re Famous!

Through a partnership with the Mission EDC, Grindstone Coworking, along with other coworking spaces in the RGV, were highlighted in a coworking campaign. Not only did the space get a “starring role” in the short, but one of our members got to be part of the cast. A highlight video about Grindstone Coworking was debuted on our Facebook page last month with our Founder, Daniel Rivera, giving you a front row snippet of what Grindstone has to offer.

3. Waffle Wednesdays Went Mainstream

What started in 2017 as a Members Only event, 2018 saw the dawning of the fun-filled, carb-loading networking event known for its great topics, amazing speakers,  and socialization. We had the pleasure to host some phenomenal speakers like BRNDhub, Yajaira Flores representing HEB Park, Alex Garrido from UTRGV, Yirla Gonzalez Nolan with FARO Professional Services, our very own Bobby Villarreal from Triggers Media, and Dalinda Alcantar with the McAllen Boys and Girls Club. Each brought their unique expertise in the fields of business and marketing and shared some of their knowledge with our members and the community.

2. We Turned 3!

Technically, our birthday is November 2nd, but Halloween birthday parties are just more fun. We celebrated with a costume party and BBQ with our members, families, and friends. There was cake. There was a costume contest. And there was so much food. If this is what being 3 is, we’ll take it. 

 

 

1. McAllen Expansion

And the biggest thing to come out of 2018: we grew and expanded! In addition to our Edinburg space and Suites, we now have our 3rd location- Grindstone McAllen, located at the intersection of 10th street and Trenton Rd. at Trenton View Plaza. Being in McAllen allows our members the fluidity to work out of all our spaces and be available their clients and customers in areas more convenient for them.

Grindstone Coworking opening in McAllen Texas. Flexible Workspace for today’s modern worker.

 

As wonderful as 2018 was to Grindstone Coworking, we’re excited to see all the great things 2019 has in store for us!

Grindstone Coworking Announces New McAllen Location

Grindstone Coworking Announces New McAllen Location

Grindstone Coworking Announces New McAllen Location

Grindstone Coworking is excited to announce the opening of its new McAllen office space this September. Located at the intersection of 10th street and Trenton Rd. at Trenton View Plaza, the new communal office space is now accepting membership applications and pre-leasing for private office suites.

As the Rio Grande Valley’s first coworking space, Grindstone Coworking and its dual locations are expected to bring new opportunities to remote workers, freelancers and small business owners in the Rio Grande Valley. To kick things off, the space is offering an Early Bird Special, now available exclusively to the first 20 members to sign up.

“The success we’ve seen with our first location in Edinburg is testament to the growth and acceptance of the coworking culture in the RGV. Gone are the days where you need huge desks, cords, and phone lines to work. Laptops, tablets, and cell phones are now powerful enough to run businesses from, and our location offers a go-to spot to get it all done productively, with a more social environment than the coffee shop or home office,” said Daniel Rivera, founder of Grindstone Coworking.

Grindstone Coworking is expanding to the McAllen area to offer additional flexibility for existing members, as well as new members located in the McAllen and Mission areas. The new office provides members a vibrant communal space to work from, while there are also several newly remodeled private office suites for lease.

“We’re excited for our new location for a number of reasons. Our proximity to some of McAllen’s most booming businesses offers more benefits and convenience for our members, and with two locations now, our members get to experience the flexibility and additional business opportunities that come with workspaces across two different cities.”

Monthly Grindstone coworking memberships, which start at $149, include access to networking mixers, small business education classes, marketing seminars and other events. With Grindstone McAllen’s office suites, you’ll receive all the benefits of coworking with the privacy you need for optimal productivity.

Grindstone Coworking was established in 2015. The coworking space’s first location, situated in Edinburg’s downtown area, is open to freelancers, remote workers and a variety of other professionals such as attorneys, accountants, tech professionals and real estate agents, among many others.

Monthly coworking memberships and private office leases provide access to a variety of amenities including a shared kitchen and café area, limitless Moonbeans coffee, a conference room, classroom and other features beneficial to small businesses and independent workers.

If you’re interested in joining a community of fellow remote workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs with a common goal of success, don’t hesitate. Contact Renee at 956.900.2190, send us a message on Facebook, or visit www.thegrindstone.co/mcallen to schedule a tour and learn more information about office leasing and coworking membership plans.

 

5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

Create DIY Content for Your Small Business with Five Easy-To-Use Apps

In the small business world, content creation is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, good content can powerfully impact your sales, your brand image, and your overall reputation. On the other hand, good content comes at a price, whether it be monetary, time consumption, or mental effort. Great content doesn’t always come easy, but as a business owner, you already know that great things rarely come easy. These easy-to-use apps, however, can help you on your path to kick-ass content creation in no time.

Trello

The MAOA (Mother of All Organizational Apps), Trello, is one of the single best tools you can use to get your thoughts, projects and assignments organized. Many people are visual learners by nature, and Trello’s easy-to-use, image-centered set-up makes organizing ideas easier than ever before. Create cards for different ideas and arrange them by column, color or project. Drag and drop to suit your needs, and tag team members on each card to communicate ideas freely and in real time. Notifications are sent straight to your phone, so if you’re on a deadline, you can be sure you’re not losing precious time. If you’ve got a big project coming up, and you don’t know where to start, Trello is a safe bet.

Canva

Not everyone is gifted in graphic design. Don’t beat yourself up about it. For the design-challenged among us, there’s Canva. This must-have app is a Godsend for small business owners who don’t have the funds to outsource graphic design projects, big or small. Don’t waste time searching job boards and paying big bucks for simple projects like newsletter design or social media design work. Instead, download Canva, create your own graphics using their easy lay-out and current selection of images and fonts, then carry on with your day as the adaptable boss that you are.

Pexels

Image selection often goes hand-in-hand with creating your own graphics. For this, there’s Pexels.com. A round-up of all the internet’s best free stock photos, there are thousands of high-quality images to choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect picture to represent your brand and target audience. Whether for Facebook ads, social media memes or websites, Pexels.com is a stellar source for imagery.

Grammar.ly

While a good copywriter can be a great asset for your business, there are plenty of writing tasks you can tackle all on your own, with the right app, of course. Grammar.ly is a fantastic resource if easy-to-read, mistake-free content is what you’re going for – and you should be. Cut down on embarrassing typos and take your overall writing style to the next level with this easy-to-use program.

Wordswag

So you’ve got the right words, but how do you present them in the right way? Wordswag is the answer. With the popularity of social media at an all-time high, meme creation is basically a necessity. Spice up your brand’s images with Wordswag, then sit back as they spread like wildfire across your favorite channels. It’s really that simple.

Have any questions or other apps you want to share? Message us on Facebook or drop us a line at [email protected]

Freelancing Your Way to Freedom in the RGV

Freelancing Your Way to Freedom in the RGV

Freelancing in the RGV

Owning a business can be intimidating. If the prospect of diving head first into owning a business fills you with a sense of dread, you may not be entirely ready for such a huge undertaking. And that’s OK. It may take months, even years, to find the confidence to start your business. In this case, the phrase, “don’t quit your day job” is well intentioned. Instead of quitting your 9-to-5 job on a whim, there are other ways to truly explore the concept of entrepreneurship before commitment.

Freelancing may be your best option for bringing in significant income without the pressure that comes with full-on entrepreneurship. Luckily, there is an ever-growing array of websites to help you on your path to freelance success, though not all are created equal. Upwork.com has proven inexplicably valuable in helping me establish my growing business. Here’s a breakdown of the internet’s most valuable website for freelancers.

Upwork Ecosystem

The largest of its kind on the web, Upwork.com is where a lot of freelancers go to jumpstart their careers. Born from a merger between freelance heavy-hitters Elance.com and Odesk.com, Upwork.com attracts millions of clients and freelancers, utilizing a comprehensive interview process to provide a perfect match.

With an almost-overwhelming amount of job prospects, the Upwork job board is easy to navigate. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a writer, photographer or accountant, Upwork may be just the avenue you need to gain the confidence to venture out on your own. There is absolutely no cost to set up and get started. Simply create your user profile, upload your resume, then begin bidding on projects based on your desired income and experience. A growing number of large companies are joining by the day, many recognizing the convenience that comes from employing remote workers on a contract basis.

The Upwork interview process showcases the very best of the internet’s potential. Skype calls with people from all over the world are not uncommon. I’ve encountered dozens of international clients throughout my time on Upwork.

While there is a fee to utilize Upwork’s services, they pale in comparison to the perks. Upwork guarantees payment on contract gigs, meaning if the client decides not to pay up, the website will have your back. As someone who has lost over $2,000 to unpaid invoices, the security that comes with Upwork is invaluable, and can save major headaches and heartaches along the way.

Like most things in life, true effort is your best bet for success. Whether it’s starting your own business, jumpstarting your freelance career, or even maintaining personal relationships, you’ll most likely get what you put in. Before you rule out launching your own business, experiment with Upwork.com to see if working on your own accord is right for you.

Sara Cantu is a freelance writer from Edinburg, Texas. Her work has appeared in Lifestyle for Men Magazine, Lady Couture Magazine, RGV Magazine and numerous lifestyle websites. Contact her at [email protected]

How Working From Home Can Destroy Productivity

How Working From Home Can Destroy Productivity

How Working from Home can Destroy Productivity

If you’ve been on the 9 to 5 grind for several years now, the thought of working from home is an exciting one. There’s the late mornings, the absence of annoying coworkers, and, for the most part, the freedom to do whatever you want. But beneath the shiny surface working from home can lead to some major issues for freelancers and entrepreneurs. From the daily distractions, to the ever-present threat of procrastination, working from home isn’t your one-way ticket to career freedom. You’ll need to tread carefully for your productivity and your sanity. Here are some ways working from home can backfire:

Distractions

The television interview seen ‘round the world has drawn attention to a very real issue: children in the work place. Sure, hilarity ensued and it was awesome, but people bursting in and out of the room while you’re trying to get work done can be both frustrating and enormously distracting. Unless you’re working at home alone all day and night, chances are good that you’ll have some unexpected visitors killing your vibe. For optimal productivity, you’ll need a quiet, comfortable place to work, away from the demands of spouses, kids and pets.

Procrastination

Do you love Netflix? So do we! It can be hard to tear yourself away when you’re knee-deep into your new favorite show, “Just one more” you say as you throw your mounting pile of work to the wayside. While Netflix and TV are a great (addictive?) way to pass the time on evenings and weekends, indulging during the workday can spell disaster for your groove. Do yourself a giant favor and keep distractions to a minimum while you work. Resist the urge to web surf, log out of your Netflix and throw your phone across the room to avoid the productivity black hole that is social media. Doing so can make a huge difference in how much you get done – trust us.   

Isolation

The thing about working alone? It gets, well…lonely. Not everyone can handle hours upon hours of solitude, and that’s OK. Even the most headstrong person will encounter a moment of silence that makes them miss people, and when that time comes, you might even yearn for the traditional office setting. There’s no mistaking that coworkers often become friends. Dealing with this void may be one of the hardest things to adjust to when you embark on working from home.

Did we scare you? Good.

Coworking is the answer to all these issues, plus so much more.

Grindstone Suites Now Open!

Grindstone Suites Now Open!

Grindstone Suites – Open for Business!

We’re excited to announce the opening of Grindstone Suites, Edinburg’s newest coworking space. With five private offices primed for productivity, the new space offers the perfect spot to take your business’s operations to new heights.

The coworking concept has revitalized the employment landscape in Edinburg. Grindstone Coworking is expanding its offices to accommodate a growing number of entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking space to call their own. The new office building, located adjacent to Grindstone Coworking’s first building, offers newly remodeled private offices suites to house companies of varying sizes.

Situated in one of Edinburg’s most bustling areas, across from the University of Texas – RGV and in close proximity to City Hall, Grindstone Suites’ offices offer a convenient location ideal for business.  The building, which combines classic components and an urban influence reminiscent of larger cities, offers a glimpse into the future of coworking in the RGV.

At Grindstone Suites’ new private offices, you’ll receive all the benefits of coworking with the privacy you need for optimal productivity. Five private offices, currently hosting JINKS Realty and Ben Briones Photography, provide a unique space to help your company’s vision come to life.

The first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley, Grindstone Suites offers freelancers and entrepreneurs new opportunities to network. Available amenities include Moonbeans coffee, high-speed Wi-Fi and a clean, comfortable environment that promotes efficiency. With kitchen space, an updated interior and new appliances, the suites contain everything you need to effectively run your business. The space is even home to one of Edinburg’s oldest trees, visible from University Drive.

If you’re interested in making Grindstone Coworking your new office space, don’t wait. Three offices have already been leased. Contact us at 956.900.2190 or visit www.grindstonesuites.com for more information about leasing and how to integrate the coworking concept into your growing business.

Grindstone Coworking Member Spotlight: Melissa Gauna

Grindstone Coworking Member Spotlight: Melissa Gauna

Member Spotlight: Melissa Gauna

Today we caught up with Melissa Gauna, nutritional therapist and featured member this week in our Member Spotlight Series. Melissa just moved to the Rio Grande Valley in the past year from Atlanta, Georgia, and we sat down with her in a rapid fire Q&A to find out a little bit about Melissa, what she does, and how she works.

Q: Where are you from?

I was born in Chicago but grew up in rural Oklahoma. In my 20’s, I moved to Georgia and spent 10 years there. I recently moved to the RGV less than a year ago.

Q: Tell us about your business? What do you help your clients do?

I’m a Nutritional Therapist,Nutrition educator and counselor. I help people find healing through foods.

Q: What’s your creative outlet?

Cooking and baking; I get creative combining different flavors and textures.

Q: Where is your go-to place to have fun?

For fun, I enjoy trying new things like aerial yoga. I also enjoy baking with my kids and watching girly movies.

Q: Where is your go-to place to relax?

Being out in nature is extremely relaxing; it allows me to stay grounded.

Q: What’s your favorite book?

Big Magic! by Elizabeth Gilbert. It inspired me to “fall in love with creating” and to never stop creating. 

Q: What’s your favorite part about working at Grindstone Coworking?

My favorite part has to be the collaboration that takes place being surrounded by people from different backgrounds and different areas of expertise.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received that has helped you with your business?

In your business, don’t try to be clever or gimmicky. Be RELEVANT.  It’s not about you; it’s about them!

Q: What kind of music do you like listening to while you work?

I get distracted easily, so I prefer non-popular music, songs I don’t know the words to. Otherwise,I may dance in my chair or break out in a song!

Q: What streaming service do you use? Pandora, Spotify, Apple, Other?

Apple Music & Amazon Music

Q: Apple or Android?

Apple all the way!

Q: What’s one tip for mobile workers you would like to share?

Establish good habits and focus on three things daily that will make you more profitable.

Q: What’s your favorite social media platform? Why?

Facebook  because it’s the one I’ve used the longest, but I’m learning more about Snapchat.

Thanks to Melissa for being our first member featured on our Member Spotlight Series. To find out more about Melissa and what she does, follow her on her social media and check out her recent blog on the “Top 10 Snacks for People On the Go in the RGV.”

 

Melissa Gauna, NTP

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Our Furniture is here!

Our Furniture is here!

We are excited to announce that after a long journey…our furniture is here! We are looking forward to this milestone in the process of launching Grindstone Coworking.