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City of Fremantle & fSpace join forces

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The City of Fremantle and local co-working space provider fSpace are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new business incubator program to help small businesses within the creative industries sector.

The City of Fremantle and fSpace Creative Industries Program offers qualified businesses three months of subsidised workspace at fSpace, a vibrant co-working space located in the heart of Fremantle.

To be eligible, a business must satisfy a number of criteria, the most important being that they operate within the creative industries sector. Architecture, IT & software/computer services, design (graphic, fashion or product); and film, TV & video are just a few examples of creative industries.

The program will help small business owners looking to take the next step by subsidising their workspace costs and providing them with an opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with other successful business owners and professionals.

“The City views the continuing emergence of creative industries in Fremantle as a key driver in Fremantle’s ongoing rejuvenation,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

“The partnership with fSpace is a great fit for us and we look forward to being able to help kick-start some innovative local businesses that hopefully go on to become industry leaders,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Sabine Albers, owner of fSpace, said she was excited to be partnering with the City to help creative businesses.

“Each month, people come into fSpace wanting to start their own business but struggle with the financial commitment to make a go of it,” Sabine said.

“This program will provide the opportunity for people to work alongside some fantastic entrepreneurs at fSpace and will help get innovative business ideas off the ground or take an existing venture to the next level”

The program is available to new business start-ups as well as existing businesses looking to develop and grow in Fremantle.

How Atmosphere Affects Productivity

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People often try to become more productive workers by attempting difficult personal changes without first considering adjusting their own surroundings.

If you can make it in to visit us here at fSpace, we’ll show you how to create your very own effective workspace to encourage productivity and creativity.

Seemingly insignificant things like lighting, noise, scents and even a room’s arrangement can dramatically affect your work output in either a productive or counter-productive direction. Maintaining an optimal work space designed to enhance these factors  can be commonly overlooked leading to poor performance, discomfort, procrastination and stress.

Here are some tips to turn your space into an optimal work environment.

Lighting

Natural lighting is an effective way of raising productivity through affecting our body’s circadian rhythm and the release of cortisol and other hormones in the endocrine system to regulate how alert or tired we feel. Studies suggest, people exposed to artificial light rather than natural were much less alert and focused than their counterparts while at work or not.

Noise

Probably the most infamous distraction or annoyance people find while working relates to unwanted noise pollution infiltrating your space. At fSpace we’ve found a good constant background noise at a relatively low volume to be the optimal option, it fills the space covering any other distracting noises or other workers’ chatter but doesn’t take away too much of your concentration. Ultimately your noise limits will also depends on the type of work your attempting. Don’t need to concentrate? Try some music with lyrics in it. Need to focus? Perhaps a pleasant upbeat instrumental track will work best for you. Positive sounding music can also help reduce to stress and keep up a productive vibe in the work space.

Temperature

According to a studies of temperatures in work environments, people are happier in warmer environments. This is because of a close association with physical warmth to psychological comfort making people literally feel ‘warmer’ toward their work,  co-workers, and work environment. One study found workers were more likely to make mistakes when temperatures were too chilly. Workers made 44 per cent more mistakes than if the room was at a comfortable temperature. Western Australia has some of the most amazing climates in the world year round, although summers can often get too hot and sticky if you’re trying to focus. Luckily, here at fSpace we maintain a comfortable working temperature with help from our local daily sea-breaze, The Freo Doctor and our newly installed ceiling fans and air-conditioning.

Furniture

We crave wide open spaces free of too many distractions and clutter to get our work done effectively. Interestingly a study conducted on office spaces found between an untidy workspace and a neat and ordered one, an untidy space is more likely to inspire creative thinking, although proved it wouldn’t help you if you need to use some discipline to be more efficient with your work. Participants in the study from the tidier room were also more likely to choose the healthy eating option when offered either a chocolate or an apple. So next time you’re too lazy to clean up your work station just remember, it may have a direct positive influence over the way you look after your body’s health also.

Scents

Scents and smells aren’t nearly as important as other factors in this list unless something really wreaks. That said, there is nothing worse than trying to concentrate on an empty stomach while you can smell something delicious nearby. People opting to work in co-working spaces such as fSpace over working from a café gain the atmospherically benefits of the crowded space without the rumbling stomach. But don’t panic there are still plenty of cafès and other places to grab a bite or coffee right downstairs from our offices.

Some extra tips

Maintaining a strong free flowing air current is an effective way to open up a space and to prevent your space from accumulating any stuffy, stagnating energy and air. Good air quality and having some plants around the office are just some things that go a long way in creating a productive, pleasant space for office workers. According to one major study, productivity of workers increased up to 50 per cent simply by placing houseplants on their desks. Another study said incorporating plants into a workspace can effectively increase both productivity and creativity amongst workers. Plants not only provide an additional oxygen boost to keep everyone more alert but also impact us on a visual level. Bringing living plants into a work space promotes tranquillity and calmness while grounding those nearby and reconnecting them with nature to reduce stress and be more present in their work.

fSpace would love to hear what ways our readers  increase productivity in their workspace.

Do you agree with the methods above or do you have your own approach to creating an efficient work atmosphere?

Top Apps for Productivity

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fSpace is a hub for workers in the creative industries, eager to avoid the procrastination traps one might face working from home.Our desks tend to attract people seeking a better atmosphere to achieve higher levels productivity and greater time management throughout their businesses. To any entrepreneur or small business owner, efficiency, productivity and time management are factors you just can’t afford to ignore.

So here at fSpace, we’ve compiled a list of time saving, productivity boosting and idea sorting apps to help you take over the world.

Best of all, they’re free!

Dropbox

With over 400 million people around the world  on Dropbox and over 100,000 businesses on Dropbox Business, there is no better or more secure online storage option that is available for free. Developed by Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston in 2007, Dropbox became established as a fantastic online storage system to place and arrange files that can be accessed anywhere at anytime online via cloud technology. The app also lets you share files to multiple people and work on files simultaneously so its great for those tasks everyone in the office needs access to.

30/30

Developed in 2012, 30/30 is a fantastic time management app which creates small customised to-do lists which require the input of a time limit timer in 5-30 min intervals. This app stems from the theory that the human brain is best focused for 30 minutes increments with short breaks in between and is designed to encourage this work style. Known as the Pomodoro technique, this style of work has been used by students and workers to efficiently complete tasks since it’s development in the 1980’s. Students particularly favour both this technique and app as it is also helpful for retaining information during study. Of course for all you micro-managers, no one is stop you planning out your whole day on the timer.

Evernote

Evernote is a highly recommended note system organiser which can store everything from pictures, sticky notes, audio notes, web pages, PDFs and more. Founded by Stephan Pachikov, the Evernote web service launched on June 24, 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. Like Dropbox, it’s storage system is via the cloud so can be accessed anywhere, from all your devices, but the best thing about this app is its handy tag system which lets you search your notes so you never lose information. It can even scan your pictures or notes to read and transcribe your handwriting.

Ifttt

If This Then That (IfTTT), is an app, for easier use of all your other apps. Created in December 14, 2010 by Linden Tibbets, Ifttt is like a digital personal assistant that can be programmed to respond to certain requests. For example, if an article appears matching your Google search, you are able to preset Ifttt to then save it to Evernote. This app allows you to create simple connections between your platforms, which can be voice controlled, location based and will help you finally gain control over all those out of time consuming apps and organise your work or business with ease.

Trello

Last but not least is the staff here at fSpace’s favourite app. Trello is  used to show a wide variety of different projects and tasks and allows multiple user interactivity for project collaborations and working abroad. You and a selected team of work colleagues can all access the same trello-board where projects are displayed effectively and aesthetically through an interactive board system with attachable cards. Developed in 2014, Trello brings together all the advantages of a social media with your peers at work in a network with the efficiency of a work\activities calendar you all share.

What apps do you use to help with your businesses?

Social Media for Small Business

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fSpace’s Sabine was invited to guest lecture to business students last week at Notre Dame’s Fremantle campus about her experiences operating a local small business and how social media has effected her career.

Approximately 25 young students huddled around computers and desks were eager to examine Sabine’s portfolio of inspiring published images and to hear first hand what it was like running two small businesses in today’s digital media landscape.

Talking about her time spent studying photographic design in the Netherlands and traveling the world as a professional photographer before arriving in Sydney, Sabine recalled coming to Australia 11 years ago with no plan, contacts, connections or social media.

She was able to successfully develop her client base in Sydney over three years primarily through face to face meetings and other traditional methods before again moving to Western Australia in 2009 to start all over again, for a second time.

Sabine pointed out the stark difference in business environments between eastern states’ cities such as Melbourne or Sydney to Perth and it’s remote markets which inevitably forced her to rely more heavily on social media as a way to source new clients in WA.

It was actually that sense of isolation which created fSpace,” 

Sabine explained how heavily she initially relied upon social media in the creation of fSpace which was set up in Fremantle’s town centre.

However, she was also quick to point out focusing too much on social media could be challenging.

“Social media is fun to do, but it can be risky., if it’s not done right, it can hurt your business.  I have never had anyone come into fSpace and sign up, saying they heard of us from Facebook.

She said techniques such as word of mouth and referral were still the primary way people found out about fSpace.

To conclude the talk, Sabine raised an important question for students to consider regarding whether it was either more beneficial to invest time and money into learning new social media technologies and producing new content, or to use these resources and invest them into traditional marketing techniques which are proven to be effective.

Ultimately, chatting with Sabine gave students a fantastic opportunity to see how the social media skills they are currently studying translate to the real business world for a local small business owner.

Word & Image by Heath Werrett – fSpace Media

All things LinkedIn

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Most of us small business owners and freelancers have a LinkedIn Profile and we kind of know what it is all about but not really?! Well during our LinkedIn Business Class here at fSpace we went through the basic set up and now we are hooked and inspired and this is just the beginning!

These are our 3 tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out;

1. It’s all in your Headline Use your headline as your selling point. It’s the first thing people see about you. What differentiates you? What makes you special? What do you want to be known for? Put it all in your headline. Don’t be shy this is your opportunity to shine!

2. People are Search Engines In your profile section change your default setting from ‘Personal Website’ to ‘Company Website’ and enter your business website. Here you can also add your business blog if you have one. A name link will give you a better ‘click through’ rate you want people and search engines to find your business online.

3. Lost in Translation Your profile has a unique online address, which exists of numbers and characters the typical cyberspace-jargon, no one will recognise. In your LinkedIn profile you can edit your public profile URL and translate it to something people will recognise. Put your business name in here or anything you feel looks good and is catchy to remember. Many people use their LinkedIn URL on their business cards, email signatures and other online exposure.

See LinkedIn as your online shopfront, your glossy add in your favourite magazine. There’s so much more to LinkedIn and it’s hard to do it all by yourself. That’s why a 2 hour business class is worth it. We help each other, inspire and create different angles on each others business. That’s what Co-working is all about.

Stay tuned for our next session in August. And in the mean time feel free to ask questions – we always happy to chat!

Seeing Creative Things Grow

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Way back when – when fSpace was embarking on its co-working journey – we had the awesome design collective ‘The Arts Cartel’ create a grand mural on our main wall! The space we occupy shapes who we are and recent psychology and neuroscience findings say a creative work space will improve your productivity and happiness. This awesome mural continues to inspire us fSpacers every day!

Big thank you to Brendan from http://vammedia.com/ for this video masterpiece.

Facebook Takeaway

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By Patricia Newbury & Sabine Albers

Being part of the fSpace team is great and we love the opportunity to attend the awesome events and workshops hosted here. We kicked off our first Business class this week with www.madhatmedia.com.au perfect for all Business Page Facebook Virgins out there.

Here you go, these are our top three takeaways;

 Tip 1. Tone your brand

When you setup your Business Facebook page you want to ensure your name and logo are consistent with your excising online presence, maintaining your brand awareness is key. Keep in mind the general “tone” of your brand in your descriptions, as you want your page to be appealing to your potential customers!

Once you’ve published your page your going to need to start thinking about content.

Tip 2. Finding Followers

People love to be entertained there’s enough boring daily routine out there. So give your future followers what they want! Entertain them, give them something to look at and be inspired by. People want to be engaged and here’s another helpful reminder: Facebook is NOT for selling! It is there to help communicate, connect and engage people with your brand or service. Once you got them interested then you connect them to your sales channels.

Some Facebook facts;

  • 60% entertainment
  • 30% Education
  • 10% product

Once you have a few posts published you will need to find followers. The best way to get started is rounding up your friends and family for help! Share your new biz page on your personal timeline and make sure your awesome friends like and share your page on their timelines. Invite, bribe or just simply return the favor in mutual likes, in the end it’s all about sharing the love between like-minded people!

Tip 3.Like your insights

Graphs, stats and numbers are boring, but if you really want to grow your page you need to know as much about your followers as possible. So learn to love the Facebook “insights” section. All of the information here is good to know but your most valuable info lies in your ‘Reach’ & ‘Posts’ tab. Here you see how many people your posts are reaching and which posts in particular are creating the most engagement. Remember those are real people like yourself that are seeing your message.

Engagement is key to getting your page out there in front of an awesome crowd. The more your followers like, comment and share your content the more chance their friends also have of seeing it.

You could get lost in the sea of information that is out there and I hope these three tips will get you off to a pretty good start!

Be sure to join me at our next workshop on Thursday 23rd July by Mad Hat Media here at fSpace. We will be covering all you need to know about LinkedIn. Or just come for a free trail and get inspired by just being here at fSpace.

Sign up now for our next Business Class and get excited and inspired to growing your business: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469089460056567/

fSpace Business Class

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What better way to start the new financial year by getting on top of your social media activities to promote your business. Social Media has exploded over the past few years and it’s essential for small business to interact with your online core customer base. To get you all up to speed fSpace is teaming up with www.madhatmedia.com.au and now offers 2 new and exciting classes.

Bring your laptop and join us for a 2 hour fun and interactive hands on workshop and walk away with a brand new exciting social media map to use and abuse!

Facebook Business Page Class: Wednesday 15 July 5pm-7.30pm

The Facebook Business Page Class is practical, you will gain an insight and understanding into how Social Media and Internet Marketing applies to your business. No prior Social Media marketing experience is assumed, but familiarity with a personal Facebook account and/or Facebook business page will be helpful.

The course duration is two hours and includes:

  • Setting up and optimise your Facebook Business Page
  • The difference between posting as your page and as yourself
  • Using the Activity, Insights and Settings tabs
  • How to interpret statistics
  • Best ways to publish content and what content works well
  • Where to find your target audience on Facebook
  • Etiquette and do’s and don’ts

Facebook: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/social-media-marketing-class…

LindkedIn Profile Class: Thursday 23 July 5pm – 7.30pm

We all know about LinkedIn but what does it do? How do you connect and find projects and clients. Get a better understanding of how social media and internet marketing applies to your business is one thing but how to put your business out there in cyberspace is a whole new ball game.

No prior social media business experience is required, but familiarity with LinkedIn will be helpful.

A two hour hands on workshop is covering:

  • Setting up and optimise your personal LinkedIn profile
  • Create a professional profile using industry keywords
  • Optimising your profile for LinkedIn Search and other search engines
  • Publishing content and what content works best
  • How to build your network
  • Etiquette and do’s and don’ts

LinkedIN: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587236958204442/

Be quick because we work in small groups to ensure everyone gets the feedback they need for their business. We have a limit of 10 people per class. fSpace users receive a great discount: $55 per workshop (ask Sabine for the code) Non fSpace user fee is $99 per workshop.

And for all you awesome people we will have light refreshments available to keep you hydrated and energized.

See you soon!

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Buy 1 Get 1 Free

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Buy 1 month and get 1 month free!

For a limited time, fSpace is offering this great promotion. We have lots of plans to choose from and this offer applies to all of them – from 1 day a week to a full time team desk for 3 or 4 people.

You get 2 full months to try out fSpace, to revel in our energy, workspace and community – and have a real go at your ideas, all at half price. So get in touch! Stop by and say hi! Come check us out before this offer vanishes!

See you soon!

Why it’s better to work from fSpace than a cafe!

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While Fremantle is renowned for its excellent coffees, the quirky coffee shops weren’t designed as an optimum space to get business done. Luckily fSpace is!

 

Some of the things that make co-working office fSpace a more productive work space than a coffee shop is that we:

  • have power outlets at every desk, as well as having two printers
  • have super fast and unlimited internet
  • don’t have the overpowering noise of a busy cafefSpace; co-working; Fremantle; Perth
  • have a fridge where you can store your lunch, and a kettle and coffee plungers so you can make yourself an excellent brew – just the way you like it!
  • have meeting rooms where you can meet with clients or take phone calls if you want some extra privacy
  • keep your stuff safe – so you don’t have to worry about going to the bathroom!
  • have an awesome crowd of peeps that you can run your ideas by or talk to for inspiration
  • provide a fun, creative and chilled space to work
  • fSpace; coworking; fremantle; perth; shared officehave air con (as we’re sure you know – Perth can get really hot!) and big windows for natural light
  • are close to all the greatness of Fremantle!
  • want you to be here, so you can’t actually overstay your welcome! Spending a whole day at a cafe however…

The wonderful people who work in fSpace come for the great space in the awesome location that Freo is (and it’s only 30 minutes away from Perth CBD), as well as for the super fast and unlimited Internet access, the increased productivity and creativity, and to hang out with the other awesome fSpacers. Stop by one day to check out what fSpace is all about, or sign up for a free trial!