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Virtual Work Best Practices

By Shyanne Long 

The current state of our country has led many people to begin working from home in order to practice social distancing. For some of us, it may be the first time ever working from home. For many of us who are used to working in a coworking space, we might be re-transitioning into working from home like we used to do in the pastThis transition to a new normal routine can be tough, but The WorkShop is here to help! 

Here are our five top virtual working tips to help you during this time of uncertainty. Even with everything going on, we are still here for you and we would love to chat and help support your needs, so please reach out!

  1. Create a workspace. Find a spot in your home to work that is not your bed! I know that it’s tempting to wake up, grab your laptop and just start working, but this can have an effect on your energy levels. Our brain associates the bed with sleeping, and if you work in your bed, you can feel tired and groggy all day! 
  2. Establish work hours. It is important to establish boundaries for working hours since you are not physically going into an office. Figure out your company’s work hours and stick with a schedule. When it is time for lunch, close the laptop and walk away! Enjoy your lunch without any work distractions. Once you are clocked out, try not to open your laptop ancheck your email. This will create some distance between yourself and your work and develop healthy boundaries.
  3. Take care of yourself. Step out of the pajamas and into some “real clothes.” Working in your pajamas may seem niceuntil it’s time to jump onto a Zoom meeting and see your clients and colleagues facetoface. Make sure to continue practicing good hygiene by showering and getting dressed, which will help you feel like you’re still in a somewhat normal routine. During your lunch break, try going for a walk or doing an at-home workout to get your blood flowing. Many fitness and yoga studios are offering classes for free or “pay what you can” via Zoom or YouTube. 
  4. Stay connected. We may be social distancing, but communication is not canceled. Staying connected is more important than ever! Pick up the phone and call your family, friends, and coworkers—even if it’s just to chat about how you are feeling. We are all going through this together! 
  5. Keep evolving and improving. Have you been wanting to learn a new skill? Now is your time to shine! Take this extra time at home to learn something new or further develop your skillsLook into online learning platforms to support your development. Try out a new recipe and share it with your family! But, if you don’t have the energy for this, don’t worry! Refer to #3 and take care of yourself in the best way for you!

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during this time. How is working from home going for you? Share your stories and tips in the comments! 


The WorkShop Sacramento event space

Did you know The WorkShop Sacramento has event space available for rent?

Whether you need space for a team building/off-site, networking event, holiday party, or otherwise, we can help!

If you have any questions or if you’re ready to book, contact us, call 916-465-8065, or email workshop@kaipartners.com!


A Day in the Life at The WorkShop – Jesse Roy of Accuracy Appraisal Service, Inc.

Here at The WorkShop, we know we would be nothing without our dedicated and engaged members. Our members work in all kinds of professions—architecture, medicine, law, marketing, the list goes on—but one thing they have in common is the spirit and community they bring to our coworking space. Our Day in the Life blog series aims to learn a little more about each of the people who make our workspace so unique.

Today we bring you a profile on WorkShop member Jesse Roy of Accuracy Appraisal Service, Inc. Read on to learn more about Jesse and his daily life in the real estate business!

The WorkShop: What is your profession?

Jesse Roy: Real Estate Appraiser.

The WorkShop: Why do you do what you do/what inspires you?

JR: What I do helps create checks and balances in the real estate market.

The WorkShop: Describe a typical day for yourself at The WorkShop.

JR: I usually come in to type appraisal reports and run my business from my office space.

The WorkShop: How has being located at The WorkShop made your job easier or positively impacted your business?

JR: Working from home was not allowing me to push myself further.

Working outside of the home and surrounded by other professionals has helped me become more of an effective business owner and set better goals for my business.

The WorkShop: What specific feature(s) do you like most about The WorkShop?

JR: Unlimited coffee and the koi pond.

Just for fun:

Q: What was the last show you binge-watched?
A: Stranger Things

Q: What are your favorite productivity or life tips/hacks?
A: Meal prepping—it helps me work those long hours.

Q: What are your favorite digital tools/apps?
A: My tablet for mobile appraising and real- time measurements of homes.

Q: What is something about you that people might be surprised to learn?
A: I have recently learned that my family has a castle in Kent, England.

About Jesse: I am the CEO of Accuracy Appraisal Service, Inc.  I spend a lot of my free time exploring the outdoors, riding my motorcycle, and traveling.

Interested in trying The WorkShop coworking space for yourself? Stop by our East Sacramento workspace at 3301 C St., Bldg. 1000 anytime! Have any questions about a WorkShop membership? Email workshop@kaipartners.com

A Day in the Life at The WorkShop – Joan Purser of Purser Bookkeeping & Administrative Services

Here at The WorkShop, we know we would be nothing without our dedicated and engaged members. Our members work in all kinds of professions—architecture, medicine, law, marketing, the list goes on—but one thing they have in common is the spirit and community they bring to our coworking space. Our Day in the Life blog series aims to learn a little more about each of the people who make our workspace so unique.
Today we bring you a profile on WorkShop member Joan Purser, of Purser Bookkeeping & Administrative Services. Read on to learn more about what makes Joan tick!

The WorkShop: What is your profession?

Joan Purser: The company name “Purser Bookkeeping & Administrative Services” makes it easy to learn what we do—we are a bookkeeping firm working with small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

WS: Why do you do what you do/what inspires you?

JP: Acts of service is my love language, so I really enjoy helping my clients. Whether it’s getting their QuickBooks file set up, revamping their accounting systems, or hiring and training accounting staff, we’re able to help clients get through almost anything on the accounting side of the business.

“Doing the books” is the side of the business that often causes a lot of anxiety for people. Everyone knows you need to get a handle on it, but many times it gets pushed to the back burner, which just causes more anxiety and can be financially damaging for the organization. I like being able to get my clients up to date and looking at their numbers on a regular basis.

WS: Describe a typical day for yourself at The WorkShop.

JP: I’m not sure I have a true typical day. I have two part-time employees and a contractor who work with me. We work with clients in a variety of ways (daily, weekly, monthly, annually), and some clients we work with virtually and some onsite. The first week and a half of the month, my staff and I are busy closing the prior month. While in the office, if I’m not on my computer working on QuickBooks files, then I’m usually online using GoToMeeting with clients—that’s my new favorite software.

WS: How has being located at The WorkShop made your job easier or positively impacted your business?

JP: The environment and The WorkShop community are fantastic. The Community Manager is amazing with all my requests.

There’s a lot of good energy around here. Everyone’s friendly and easy to work around.

I can keep my door open and feel more a part of it all or close the door if I really need to focus and concentrate. I don’t have clients visit my office too often, but when they do get here, they love it, too. I like the location because it’s close enough to downtown for convenience (which is where several of my clients are) and equally close to where I live. Another positive impact is I’ve brought on two new clients who also work at The WorkShop, so that is definitely a plus!

Just for Fun:

Q: What was the last show you binge-watched?
A: Superstore and Lore.

Q:  What are your favorite productivity or life tips/hacks?
A: Meal prepping as much as possible. My daughter has really inspired me to do this more. I’m always so happy when I plan ahead and have easy meals to grab and head out the door.

Q: What are your favorite digital tools/apps?
A: GoToMeeting.com— the annual subscription is well worth it for how much I now use it in my business. Also, Scanbot, which is a great free scanning app.

Q: What is your favorite professional book and why?
A: Any of the E-Myth books by Michael Gerber—must reads for any entrepreneur. They really help you understand the important concept of making time to work ON your business instead of always working IN your business.

Q: What is something about you that people might be surprised to learn?
A: I secretly want to be Amish (haha). I’m half kidding and maybe it’s an age thing, but I love the idea of going back to a slower pace in life where things are made by hand, meals are cooked at home, and everyone shares in a more personal, face-to-face way. I like writing and receiving letters and reading hardcover books…again, I think it might be an age thing.

About Joan: Originally from the Bay Area, I moved from San Rafael to Sacramento in 2000. I live in the Elmhurst / Tahoe Park area. I have two adult children and I’m involved in helping them through life and starting their own businesses. My hobbies are screenwriting, knitting, quilting and LEARNING. I started my business in 2012 and the majority of my clients have all come from referrals. I don’t have a website and I don’t do social media. I think our success has come from clients who are very pleased with our service and trust us enough to refer us to their friends and associates. Referrals are always appreciated, and I enjoy collaborating on projects.

Interested in trying The WorkShop coworking space for yourself? Stop by our East Sacramento workspace at 3301 C St., Bldg. 1000 anytime! Have any questions about a WorkShop membership? Email workshop@kaipartners.com

Sacramento’s Free Day of Coworking!

In case you haven’t heard, The WorkShop Sacramento is celebrating its first anniversary in March 2019! To commemorate—and to help more people access our coworking space—we are offering one free day of coworking anytime through April 15th!

So, how can you take advantage of this deal? It’s simple as pie!
  1. Show up at 3301 C St., Bldg. 1000
  2. Sign in at the front desk (or pre-register via Eventbrite)
  3. Get to work!
Here’s the fine print:
  • Valid one time only per person during March 2019 (extended thru April 15th!)
  • Valid on weekdays only, from 8am-5pm
  • Valid on open table space ($20 value)
  • Includes: WiFi, coffee/tea, parking
  • Does not include: Printing/copying, 24/7 access, conference room access

As we start our second year of providing a collaboration, coworking, and event space in Sacramento, we are excited to welcome you all to our growing community.

Need more information? Call or email us today! (916) 465-8065 or workshop@kaipartners.com.


The WorkShop Sacramento Coworking Space’s First Anniversary!

The WorkShop – Sacramento is gearing up to celebrate its first year serving entrepreneurs, small businesses, community organizations, and many more Sacramento movers and shakers!

We wanted to take a look back at our first year and recognize some of the major milestones we achieved, who helped us get here, and what we are looking forward to in 2019.

First things first…

We were lucky to host some great events last year, including:

In 2019, we’re excited to play host to more great events, including:

Interested in booking your next event at The WorkShop? Contact us today!

We achieved full office occupancy in 2018!

Our members come from all industries and fields. Not only does The WorkShop – Sacramento have a diverse membership, but this varied group of minds help one another problem-solve and succeed in business every day. Some industries represented at The WorkShop – Sacramento include the following:

  • Medical Device Makers
  • Attorneys
  • Civil Engineers
  • Architects
  • Game Developers
  • Social Media Marketing teams
  • Web Developers
  • Telemedicine Physician
  • Bookkeeper
  • Realtors and Appraisers

We are continually striving for a collaborative culture here with members within the Workshop as well as our tech partners outside of the WorkShop. One such collaborative success was an opportunity to help one of our tech partners team-up with one of our members to assist in the development and testing of a product the member will be bringing to market later this year.

Giving Back

We were lucky to be part of some charitable endeavors to help our local Sacramento community, including:

As we gear up for year two, we want to thank all our members for your continued support of The WorkShop – Sacramento. Your daily presence, ideas, collaboration, and insight help make The WorkShop community as awesome as it is.

Interested in becoming a member of The WorkShop – Sacramento? We have coworking plans starting at just $20/day. Call or email us today for more information! (916) 465-8065 or workshop@kaipartners.com.


All About The WorkShop Sacramento Coworking Space [INFOGRAPHIC]

Interested in some of the nuts and bolts–pricing, amenities, etc.–of our East Sacramento co-working space? You’re in luck! We created this handy infographic talking all things The WorkShop – Sacramento!

Interested in signing up for co-working space? Call 916-465-8065, email workshop@kaipartners.com, or stop by 3301 C St., Bldg. 1000 in East Sac! We look forward to working whit you soon!


The WorkShop Sacramento: FAQs

We’ve gotten some questions about The WorkShop – Sacramento co-working space, so we thought we’d address them all in this FAQ! If you have any other questions that are not answered here, please let us know and we’ll update the FAQ!

Q: Can I drop in anytime to work or do I need to call ahead?

A: Drop by anytime! We are open for walk-ins Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm. If you want to stay and work in our co-working space, you can do so for $20/day. Or, you can pay for unlimited co-working, which runs $125/month and offers access anytime.

Q: What if I need to work after 6pm? Can I get access to The WorkShop outside of business hours?

A: Yes! If you join The WorkShop—such as rent an office, rent a dedicated desk, or monthly co-working pass—we will set you up with a mobile app that provides 24/7 access.

Q: What is a ‘dedicated desk’?

A: Our dedicated desk space is on the downstairs co-working floor. For $225/month you can reserve a desk just for your use. Dedicated desk space includes two desk drawers and one file drawer, shelves, and an office chair.

Dedicated desks look like this:

Q: What kind of amenities do you have?

A: Our basic amenities include coffee, tea, water, WiFi, and printer access. Our memberships levels include additional amenities.

Q: Is a WorkShop membership level separate from renting office or desk space?

A: Yes, our membership levels include additional amenities and services apart from our office, desk, or co-working space. We have three membership levels that include items such as notary public, reception, coaching and mentoring, discounts on training or events, additional hours for conference room access, and more. Check out our full list of services (provide your email address to receive up to $100 off co-working!) here.

Q: Do you have conference rooms?

A: Yes! We have a small conference and a large conference room that hold up to 8 and up to 20 people, respectively. We can also host events up to 50 people on the floor of the WorkShop. The small conference room costs $50/hour, the large conference room costs $100/hour, and the open space costs $125/hour for the first hour of use and reduced rates for multiple hours. To inquire about booking the space, call or email us!


Small Conference room


Large Conference room

Q: How much is private office space?

A: Since our office sizes and layouts vary, the prices vary as well. The offices range anywhere from $500 to $1100 a month. If you’re interested in seeing which offices we currently have available, please stop by, call, or email us.

Okay, so are you ready to check out The WorkShop in person? Schedule a tour of our East Sacramento work space by calling 916-465-8065, emailing workshop@kaipartners.com, or filling out this form and The WorkShop will be in touch with you soon!


Sacramento Organizations seek to Help Promote Social Media and Provide Safe Water

 

By Michele Sadowski, CSM

We at The WorkShop are passionate about supporting our community. One way we do that is by playing host to meetups for organizations and companies in the Sacramento area.

We were fortunate to have recently hosted two Sacramento meetups, one called How to reach 113,000 Business People in Sacramento— held by Julie Gallaher, President of Get on the Map—and another called the 2018 California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge, held by Code for Sacramento.

Julie’s meetup focused on sharing her knowledge and expertise with LinkedIn. Julie was named by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the top ten local Twitter influencers and is Google’s #1 ranked Sacramento Social Media Consultant. At the Meetup, Julie specifically discussed how anyone can reach 113,000 Sacramento people on LinkedIn. She shared her top five tactics for increasing your connections and amplifying your individual visibility. She also shared how best to present and position yourself on LinkedIn—if you didn’t already know, LinkedIn is the modern-day resume, so presentation and position are incredibly important to be a successful LinkedIn user. To learn more about her tactics, you can contact Julie via Get on the Map.

Code for Sacramento is a non-profit civic organization that connects civic technologists with project leaders who have ideas for community solutions and is dedicated to delivering civic innovation by taking on public sector projects to help them find solutions. At their meetup, Code for Sac discussed the 2018 California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge. This challenge explores data’s potential to develop meaningful solutions that help ensure every Californian has access to sufficient, safe, affordable water for basic human needs. Hosted by Kevin Fries and Ryan Malhoski, folks gathered to hear Angelica Quirarte from the California Government Operations Agency present the challenge. After the presentation, several people remained to network, talk about how to partner for the challenge, and discuss ideas generated from the presentation.

At The WorkShop, we know it is important for us to open our doors to groups that want to collaborate and partner—and to provide a place where people can share perspectives.

If you’d like to schedule your own meetup or event in our space, please contact workshop@kaipartners.com or call 916-465-8065! We hope to see you soon!

About Michele: Michele is a recent Certified ScrumMaster® with 20+ years of communications and project lead experience in small and large technology firms. After a 15-year stint in Wisconsin, Michele recently returned to California. When not at work, she spends her time learning about her new home, Sacramento, CA, and enjoying time with family and friends.