4 Must Read Books for every Entrepreneur

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07 December 2016

4 Must Read Books for every Entrepreneur

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Entrepreneurs are always looking for mentorship. Books can be great mentors. They are written by leading experts or are about them. The inspiration that one can garner from good books is immense.

Here are four must read books for all those aspiring to start their business:

1. Zero to One

Author: Peter Thiel

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“Creative monopoly means new products that benefit everybody and sustainable profits for the creator. Competition means no profits for anybody, no meaningful differentiation, and a struggle for survival.” – Peter Thiel, Zero to One

Optimism is required as a budding entrepreneur. This book has a great amount of it coupled with some great advice. Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal, in his book pushes an important concept: think for yourself. According to him, the world has reached a point of technological standstill where everyone is trying to better the same product or service and staying at 0. Rather, new inventions should be made by thinking for yourself so your company can go from 0 to 1.

Another concept covered in his book is that of a mini-monopoly. Before releasing your offering to the world, it needs to be established, accepted and made popular amongst a smaller community and niche market. One this small monopoly has been set, then only can you move on to the next level. Facebook would not be as famous if it hadn’t taken over the Harvard campus and if Zuckerberg hadn’t fixed the bug issues first.

This 200 page book certainly has the power to make you feel motivated to get started on your company right away!

 

2. Losing My Virginity  

Author: Richard Branson

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“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson, Losing My Virginity

Richard Branson’s autobiography can make anyone believe that entrepreneurship is nothing but a fun, adventurous journey. His honesty about his personal life and humility about admitting that all the ideas were actually not his alone will leave you knowing him on a deeper level. He even admits that the name ‘Virgin’ was also coined by someone else!

Richard Branson has always explored avenues which have both fun and money involved. At the age of 16 and suffering from dyslexia, he found his calling as a businessman when he started his own school paper called ‘Student’. It survived until he realized that he was too dependent on the postal service. Moving on to his own music store, record label and then airlines industry, Richard Branson has always gone with his gut feeling.

His main motivation has not only been to have fun but also to prove the others wrong and show them that nothing is impossible. His biting adventure from surviving bankruptcy, opening businesses in exciting sectors to round the globe hot air balloon rides is extremely gripping.

This 600 page book certainly has the power to make you take calculated risks and just have fun!

 

3. The Obstacle is the Way

Author: Ryan Holiday

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“It’s okay to be discouraged. It’s not okay to quit. To know you want to quit but to plant your feet and keep inching closer until you take the impenetrable fortress you’ve decided to lay siege to in your own life—that’s persistence.” – Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way

Many entrepreneurs feel fear in the face of obstacles. This book will melt away all your fears by giving examples of leaders who have been overcoming obstacles all their life. It will make your adversities seem like speed breakers as you read about the mountains personalities like Amelia Earhart and Steve Jobs needed to overcome.

Each chapter covers a business principle and an eminent personality who used this principle. There are many things to learn from the book. Change in perception by asking yourself and others what you can do in a situation where you may feel helpless to practising effective stoicism are some of the tricks you will imbibe.

This short book certainly has the power to help you face your fears!

 

4. Originals

Author: Adam Grant

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“Being original doesn’t require being first. It just means being different and better.” – Adam Grant, Originals

A variety of thought provoking perspectives can be observed in this book by Adam Grant, a professor at Wharton University. His observations such as procrastination is the consequence of your brain’s need to improve the idea till the end is completely supported by Martin Luther King’s I Have Dream Speech and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Many such observations and learnings can be seen in his book. He believes that the status quo must continuously be challenged and improved. The world needs to improve.

He cites examples from politics, sports, business and entertainment. He teaches how to recognize a good idea and the fact that many ideas need to be executed in order to establish a business that is wildly successful.

This 300 page book certainly has the power to change your thought process!

These four books will help you face your fears, change your perception, take risks, have fun and get you motivated to start right away. Adding them to your library will be a definite value addition!

These 4 books can change your perspective towards handling your business. But a productive work space is essential for you to find your inspiration. Choose from shared office spaces across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

How Co-working Spaces Promote Perfect Harmony in Work-life Balance?

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31 March 2020

How Co-working Spaces Promote Perfect Harmony in Work-life Balance?

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

The co-working concept is advancing on a rising trajectory, not just because of the significant economic benefits but for the perfect work-life balance, these emerging ecosystems bring.  As per The Economic Times, by 2020, 13+ million people in India will be working from co-sharing spaces, making India the second-largest market globally for flexible workspaces. Such strong growth progression is enabled by the changing demands of the workforce that aspires for workplaces which stimulate passion, fuel productivity and breed on creativity, and simultaneously promote individualist growth and an optimal work-life balance. This is the core ethos of Awfis; we believe in creating aesthetically designed spaces that enable a healthy, harmonious work and life relationship.

Here is how co-working spaces contribute towards work-life balance goal:

Promote Flexibility: Today, employees prefer flexible working hours and a schedule contrived to suit their preferences. In a co-sharing environment, flexibility is the foundation. These spaces are enabling employees to manage work per choice and maintain equilibrium. They can manage some late hours on a free day and ensure an easy schedule on a demanding day, etc.

Build a Community: The most real advantage of a co-working office is community working. These centres are designed such that they offer balanced privacy while allowing for harmonious social unwinding outside the working environment and conversations, which do not invariably veer towards work. Moreover, a shared space offers elevated work experience by promoting co-existence, collaboration and growth of one another.

Encourage Learning: A flexible working space discourages unhealthy competition and promotes learning. They embrace cooperation, providing an opportunistic window for employees to interact, brainstorm and grow beyond defined horizons. These spaces breed creativity, subdue stringent hierarchies and endorse cross-functional working. This healthy learning environment lays the foundations for better productivity and happier lives instead of detrimental competition.

Improve Motivation: A sharing ecosystem allows all hierarchies, including young talent, veterans, leaders, etc. to interact under one roof. More so, it enables healthy competition and innovation outside the organisation, which reflects on the overall motivation of employees, easing the brunt of hierarchy, monotony and isolation. As per a survey, 84% of respondents said they feel more encouraged and motivated since working in a co-sharing environment. Also, 83% of people reported that their sense of isolation was decreasing.

Enhance Positivity, Free Communication: Unlike the generality of offices that house single organisations and function as silos, co-working offices, on the contrary, are like a collaborative commune of large, small and individual players. Such conditions enhance positivity, promote symbiotic relationships, augment recognition, amplify communication, and allow new perspectives to penetrate. This positivity and social uplift impacts employee motivation and endorses favourable lives.

Decompress: The co-working system pushes boundaries, allowing people to see the world that exists beyond their defined spheres. Vibrancy and diversity create free thinkers, helping people ease in and decompress from the work pressure. Moreover, such offices frequently host engaging activities that provide some downtime for employees to rejuvenate.

Conclusion

“You will never feel truly satisfied with work until you are satisfied by life.” This is the mantra guiding the co-working notion. Awfis believes in creating exemplary designed, futuristic workspaces that promote balanced interactions, diversity and flourishing communities – to provide the desired work-life balance.

7 simple hacks to make ‘Work from Home’ more productive

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19 March 2020

7 simple hacks to make ‘Work from Home’ more productive

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

We’re all in a unique situation with unprecedented number of people working from home instead of going to their office, coworking space, or even the nearby café. WFH (Work from Home) comes with its fair share of benefits and distractions. So, while you’re saving on commute time, you’re also struggling with following a routine. Fret not, because we’ve listed 7 simple hacks you can start doing right now to make WFH work for you.

1. Create a workspace: Maybe you have a study table or a makeshift arrangement on the bed. Either way, make the space your ‘workspace’ and as distraction-free as possible. Keep your desk essentials handy – pen, paper, water bottle. If possible, place a frame or mug of a motivational and inspiring quote in this workspace too.

2. Dress up: Home is already a comfort zone but there is something to be said for being a tad too comfortable. You need to give yourself mental cues that you’re in work mode so dress the part. And once you’re done for the day, you can, and must change into your wind-down PJs. Btw, dressing up doesn’t only mean wearing a shirt with shorts. It goes all the way. Yes, including shoes.

3. Make a to-do list: It’s easy to procrastinate especially when there are so many cat videos out there you could be watching without the boss walking in on you. However, a to-do list will help you structure your day and give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of it. And still leave you some time to watch those videos!

4. Check in daily: The reason coworking spaces are so much in demand is because they encourage collaboration and networking. There’s no reason why you can’t collaborate with your teams virtually. With multiple collaborative apps, and video conferencing facilities at your disposal, there could be a daily team huddle to brainstorm, follow-up and connect. Daily interactions also help in team bonding which we all know is crucial for delivering results.

5. Follow ‘SEE’ to a T: SEE is an acronym for Sleep, Eat, Exercise – the three things you need to ensure you’re getting enough of. Ideally, sleep and wake up at the same time every day and try to get 7-8 hours of quality rest. Schedule time to eat healthy nutritious food and make time to exercise even if it’s playing your favorite songs and dancing in the living room.

6. Take a break: The longer you work from home, the more important it is to take time out to connect with friends and family so that you’re not isolated. Even during work hours, take a break and call up an old friend, play with your dog or have an unofficial chat with a colleague. Think of it like the chai breaks in your office space. After all, all work and no chai makes Jack a dull guy.

7. Get a hobby: Make optimum use of the time you’re saving on commuting. This is the best time to learn new things, pick up hobbies you didn’t have time for or upskill for your current job profile by joining an online course. It’s rare to find extra time, so make the most of this unexpected opportunity.

From kids unexpectedly appearing when you’re on a video call to pets vying for attention; working from home has many interesting moments. Attuning the mind, being open to new methods and using some quality hacks are all it takes to bring together the best of both worlds.

10 desk essentials that make our workday better

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06 March 2020

10 desk essentials that make our workday better

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

As Monday knocks your door, you know it’s going to be another work-filled week, teeming with deadlines and KRAs. Although you might be a superhero in getting your tasks complete, all the while managing the day’s requirement efficiently, there’s always a scope to expand that competence. Yes, by streamlining work, you might think. Yet, that doesn’t come as easy as you think it might- you certainly need extra help! Have you paid attention to your desk? It can be a deal-maker for a lot of your daily work activities, with the right kind of accessories. In fact, it is these little “personal army of assistance” that can aid you in streamlining your work, greatly. Confused on what exactly do you need for your desk? Here is a checklist of things that would help you greatly:

  1. Desk Organizer 

It’s essential to have a nifty desk organizer, because more often than not, your desk would be a labyrinth that needs to have some sort of semblance. Organizers come with neat compartments to arrange your stuff into order.

  1. Monitor Stand 

A monitor stand, complete with various nooks and crannies, solve your elevation problem. Now, you can see your preferred level, as well as gain extra storage space, for all the little things that are still in disarray.

  1. Dispensable/Silicone Cutlery

Eating is a very important part of your work, especially when it is a sharedesk, but cutlery issues may bog your productivity. Not anymore, with a set of dispensable or silicone cutlery to save your time and effort to go and run for them.

  1. Beautiful Calendar 

While it is the generation of modern amenities, your desk will always require a beautiful calendar. This handy accessory doesn’t just beautify your table, it also acts as a reminder and helps you keep track of your important events/activities/tasks.

  1. Cable Organizer

Most of your day-to-day tasks involve a lot of engagement with digital devices and naturally, separating the jumble of cords attached to them takes up a great chunk of your time. Not anymore- keep an attachable cord organizer on your workspace and maintain your cords in their designated spaces with ease.

  1. Sticky-Notes

Work can come at any time and yet, you cannot be stuck to your desk 24×7. A set of sticky-notes can help you in this scenario, while also being a handy source of reminder for you and people visiting your co-working desk.

  1. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

With all that yapping and cross-conversations, bringing concentration into your work becomes a really big task. Invest in a pair of great noise-cancelling headphones that have good overall sound, and can drown the constant chatter.

  1. Pen and Notebook set

Be it any profession, having a notebook is of utmost importance. Invest in a luxurious yet functional pen-dairy set, so that jotting down notes doesn’t seem like a huge downer- plus you’d be setting off a stylish impression.

  1. Computer Glasses

With growing hours spent in front of any digital device, your eyes are the ones to bear the brunt of deterioration. Invest in a great pair of blue light–blocking computer glasses for reducing digital eye strain.

  1. A plant

It’s important to take an environmentally conscious step towards the future- especially keeping the current context of resources in mind. The best way would be to nurture a plant at your co-working desk, to convey a striking message as well as helping you gain a patient demeanour towards day-to-day activity.

Here you have it- a list of office essentials that would make your work more synchronised and hassle-free! Time to head for that office-essentials shopping today!