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CoLab Orlando Video — Why Working in Coffee Shops is a Pain

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Forget the stale service and try coworking in Orlando instead Ever tried working in a coffee shop? Working in a hip coffee shop sounds like a great idea. Comfy chairs, access to awesome lattes and free WiFi should make for a convenient and uber-cool place to get some work done. After all, with smart phones, tablets and powerful laptops, you have everything you need, right? WRONG! Coffee shops are more than just a cool place to hang out — they’re a business. And like any business, they make money by selling things to customers. If you take three hours to complete a project in your local shop and only buy a small cappuccino, you’re taking up valuable space that might keep other paying customers from enjoying their visit. As a result, there has been a trend of coffee shops trying to politely and gently give people like you the message: …

Virginia editor finds coworking refuge at CoLab Orlando

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Christine Schirr of OtterCorrect says CoLab Orlando was the perfect temporary solution Christine Schirr, founder and lead editor at OtterCorrect, a Virginia-based writing and editing business, found herself in sunny Orlando for a few weeks in need of a place to perch her laptop. Schirr’s company provides writing and editing services for a variety of clients, giving her the flexibility to work anywhere. After she landed in Orlando, she was working in the solitude of a friend’s home. But that environment lacked the social interaction and constant caffeine drip that a creative person needs for peak performance. That’s when she decided to set up temporary shop at CoLab Orlando, a coworking community in the heart of Orlando. She talked to us recently about her experience here: How did you hear about CoLab? I heard about it because I knew that there were similar resources available in other cities, so I …

CoLab Orlando lets you cowork around the world

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Coworking exchange program lets members work around the globe You’re an Orlando-based graphic designer who usually works out of one of the funky, fun coworking spaces at CoLab Orlando but your friends want to take a girls trip in California’s wine country. They work in the world of cubicles and paid vacation time. You are a self-employed, one-woman dynamo, meaning time off is money lost. But it doesn’t have to be that way. CoLab is a member of the International Coworking Visa program. (This is the very active growing Wiki page HERE) The forward thinkers of CoLab Orlando have partnered with many coworking spaces across the United States and in dozens of countries around the globe. This offers CoLab community members the opportunity to set up temporary shop even if it’s just for a few hours, a whole day or longer (with some limitations, depending on the location). Time away …

CoLab Orlando Combats Loneliness With Coworking

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Studies show coworking spaces like CoLab Orlando can make you more productive The environment at CoLab Orlando combats one of the most taxing drags on employee productivity and efficiency, a situation characteristic of the old-fashioned cubicle world: plain and simple loneliness. Employees are cut off from the knowledge and stimulation of their fellow workers, which could be harnessed and applied – if only they saw each other! Loneliness isn’t depression or solitude. It’s an isolation from, well, everything! In Cubicle World, the whole company takes a hit when it comes to the notion of employees talking together, thinking together, bouncing ideas off one another, sharing fresh points of view – in other words, being a vibrant company instead of a group of workers who are all islands, left to stew in their own juices, build resentments over this and that and generally fall into a rut of negativity. Throw in …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Chris Calabro of Crush Ads

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A ‘cool’ coworking environment in Orlando helps Chris Calabro build better business relationships   Chris Calabro is senior affiliates manager with Crush Ads, a firm that works with advertisers and marketers. Although the company is based in Boca Raton, Chris has his own office in CoLab Orlando. He recently shared some of his experiences with us through an email interview. Tell us about yourself and your company. I’m originally from Pennsylvania, but I moved to Orlando back in January of 2009. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2005 with my BS in sports management. I started working in my industry (affiliate marketing) back in 2008 and have been at it ever since. My current company, Crush Ads, is actually located down in Boca Raton, but I have my own office here in Orlando at CoLab. To simply explain what we do is: We play the middle man between …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: James Krawczyk of Krawczyk, LLC

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Graphic designer enjoys great location, value of downtown Orlando coworking space   James Krawczyk loves to express his creative side through his work. His grandfather was an illustrator, and his father worked as a designer and owns his own ad agency. James remembers skipping his high school classes to work on projects with his dad. James owns his own graphic design firm, Krawczyk, LLC, and works on everything from logos to print to website design. In his spare time, he publishes a digital wakeboarding magazine called Wake Journal. He’s also one of our awesome members. How did you hear about CoLab? It was through a Craigslist ad. I was looking for office space downtown. I was working from my home for five years and my wife and I recently had a child. I wanted to come up with a plan to work outside of the house. The CoLab here is …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Windy McCarty of LifeShare Management Group, Inc.

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Downtown coworking space gives Windy a chance to interact with members of other professions Windy McCarty enjoys her job. She’s director of LifeShare Management Group, Inc., a New Hampshire-based agency that provides residential support, respite services, vocation rehabilitation and other services to people with disabilities. She also loves CoLab Orlando and her corner office here. It’s cozy, she says, and has a great view of the Orange County Regional History Center. She enjoys the camaraderie and interaction she has with other members. “I’m here a lot so it’s like my second home,” she says. Tell us about yourself. I’ve been working with LifeShare Management Group, Inc. for about 3 ½ years. Our whole mission is to help people have as much independence and freedom as possible. We try to help get people out of institutions and get them into the community. How did you get interested in this field of …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Christopher Stapleton of Simiosys

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Experiential media specialist enjoys connecting with other creative thinkers Every day, Christopher Stapleton is charged with the task of providing the color to people’s imaginations. He owns and operates Simiosys, a company that produces and designs experiential media — using digital media, simulation, mixed reality and virtual reality — for brands. His creative imprint can be found in theme parks, museums and on television shows in Germany, Japan, Italy and stateside. You might’ve experienced some of his work: he’s responsible for some of the most thrilling special effects at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure — think Wizarding World of Harry Potter— and other theme parks in Orlando and around the world. Stapleton says working at CoLab Orlando plugs him into a network of other creative thinkers, a perk of working in the coworking space. How long have you been at CoLab Orlando? Four years. How did you hear about CoLab? …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Kostya Kimlat of ThinkMagic

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Orlando coworking space great location, abundant in networking opportunities A Harry Houdini book report accompanied by a magic trick sealed Kostya Kimlat’s fate by igniting a passion for magic that has never faded. Since middle school, he’s known he wanted to be a magician, which spurred his career and the co-founding of ThinkMagic. The company has a network of magicians across the country who are dispatched to various businesses and events — including halftime of Orlando Magic games. The company focuses on helping improve customer experience through brand perception and marketing. We recently chatted with Kimlat about why ThinkMagic chose CoLab Orlando as its professional home. How long have you been at CoLab? In June 2010 we were here for six months and shared an office space with someone else. Then we started traveling a lot so there was no reason to have an office. Now we’re back. We just …

CoLab Orlando Member Spotlight: Phil Calfee of MediaStormPro

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Video production & web design entrepreneur sought coworking space for networking, easier commute At age 10, Phil Calfee knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He wanted to spend his career making computer-generated dinosaurs like they did on Jurassic Park. Calfee, now 33, pursued his interest in digital media by launching Orlando video production company MediaStormPro in 2010. The company specializes in graphic design, video production and web design. The most rewarding part of his job, he says, is building relationships with his clients and helping them promote their businesses. “Getting paid is a nice reward for what I do, but the relationships make it worthwhile,” he says. Before launching his own business, Calfee worked from home for the digital agency edgefactory. When the time came to venture into business ownership, he knew he wanted to be around other small businesses. CoLab Orlando has helped increase his …

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