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The Village Hive, located in the beautiful Olde School House in Markham Village, is joining the coworking movement in January 2016! It will be a welcoming place for entrepreneurs, freelancers, people with workplace flexibility to come together for networking, collaboration and health & wellness. People work better together. Bring your laptop, work for the day, enjoy free coffee/tea & great company and join one of our many workshops that will be offered. We are so excited to welcome new members! More details on membership options will be coming soon. We believe in work-life flow. https://www.facebook.com/The-Village-Hive-1539423749681183/

Come Blog with Us

Coworking is all about collaboration and networking for small business owners and entrepreneurs: building on each other’s strengths to work better, learn better, and live better. At The Village Hive, a new wellness-oriented coworking space in Markham, we believe fundamentally in sharing expertise. With that in mind, we will be inviting all of our amazing members to guest blog for us, with topics that showcase their own passion and diverse knowledge while helping others to work, learn and live better.

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Look for a new blog post on the first Monday of each month. To start off, let’s talk about benefits and tips for guest blogging.

Benefits of guest blogging

Guest blogging simply refers to writing unique content to post on another individual or organization’s blog. This practice can be an effective, free way for the hosting blog to share expertise beyond their own, for the guest blogger to establish their expertise, and for both increase their readership and web presence, as long as it’s used in an honest, meaningful way.

Best practices for guest blogging

  1. Write with the blog’s audience in mind. In the case of The Village Hive, this would be small business owners, entrepreneurs, and other work-from-home individuals; wellness practitioners and those looking to achieve wellness through work; those considering coworking space in Markham specifically, and operators of other coworking facilities.
  2. Focus on content, never self-promotion. The goal of the post should always be to meet a need for your reader: give them something of real value and they will come back for more.
  3. Include a brief bio that highlights the work you do. End with a call to action that links to your own website. Consider your goals when choosing a landing site for your link back. This may not be your home page, but a more specific page targeted to this niche audience or a newsletter sign up page.
  4. Be authentic. Write in the first person using your own voice. Don’t be afraid to include short, meaningful anecdotes that let the audience know and connect with you as a person as well as a professional.
  5. Include (properly licensed) images that reflect the tone and content of your article. People like pictures.
  6. Edit. Then edit again. If you’re new to blog writer or not confident in your writing skills in general, ask a trusted friend or even a professional editor to read your draft. Everything you submit represents you and should reflect your best work. Readability is more important than a specific length.
  7. Promote the post on your own blog and social media once it’s published. Spreading the word will help promote your own article as well as the host blog.

Have an idea for a blog post? Email us at info@thevillagehive.ca.

Happy Work Happy Life

Happy Work Happy Life

It was less than 4 months ago that I left my previous job to pursue a dream and explore the world of entrepreneurship.  I was at my last workplace for 1 1/2 years and I had not hung a single picture on the white walls of my office. There was no time to or maybe it just didn’t feel right. I had some lovely colleagues but we barely had time to say hello – some days there were no hellos. Just blurry images speeding by my door running hungry to the next meeting with iphone in hand letting someone know they were going to be late. Again. No time for lunch. No time to chat. No time. I was not happy and was working too many hours. I was tired and grumpy when I got home.

Something needed to change.

Present time. I am sitting here in this beautiful heritage school house, in a space that I envisioned and created surrounded by wonderful positive energy, big bright windows, beautiful art by local artists on the walls and amazing people who not only say hello and how are you, but really mean it. We are all busy, super busy, but we have time. We are entrepreneurs, small business owners, writers, dreamers, photographers and innovators. We are a community of coworkers. We are a community of people who love what we do and enjoy sharing knowledge and helping each other grow both professionally and personally. We are happy people because we are doing what we were meant to do. We have time for lunch. We enjoy our lunch.

One of my favourite days so far at my new venture started with a workshop on self-care being led by one of our fantastic life coaches then an amazing meeting of collaboration and opportunities with the Markham library, Coworking members came in to network, chat, drink coffee and of course get some work done. There was an explosion of ideas and synergies at our weekly networking lunch and to top the day off  I ended up with two great opportunities to share my journey with others. One at an upcoming entrepreneur in residence (EIR) speaking event and another as a guest on a local TV show the following week. So much excitement for one day. I’m bursting with joy.

When I go home at the end of the day, I’m happy.

I am riding the entrepreneurial roller coaster. It is at the top of the hill. I know it will go down and things will get scary but then that coaster will pick up speed again to make it to the top of the next hill. It is the ride of a life time and I’m glad I have my family, old friends and new friends riding a long with me.

 

Charlotte Kirby, Owner & Operator of The Village Hive

Open Houses!

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Casandra Bryant B.A. hon., M.Sc., TCM

Transformational Coach – Casandra Bryant Coaching

http://www.casandrabryantcoaching.com/

 

Mary Trull, Registered Nutritionist; Yoga Instructor; Yoga Therapist; Mental Health Coach

 

Tanya Porter – The Inner Space & Rhythmic Re-framing
Living Arts Director & Founder; Meditation, Yoga and Drum practice facilitator

http://theinnerspace.ca/
tanya@theinnerspace.ca
Sylvia Abergil, ORSCC
Spiritual Mentor, Relationship Coach/Facilitator and Reiki Master

http://www.evolvingexpressions.com/

 

Lucy Lehman | Certified Personal Trainer

http://www.soulcircuit.ca/

 

Nazish Z. Oriezi, founder of Ingage Consulting

http://www.ingageconsulting.ca/

 

Puppet Garrell – Doula

Mama Heron Birth & Wellness

https://www.facebook.com/MamaHeronBirth/?pnref=lhc

 

 


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Casandra Bryant B.A. hon., M.Sc., TCM

Transformational Coach – Casandra Bryant Coaching

http://www.casandrabryantcoaching.com/

 

Mary Trull, Registered Nutritionist; Yoga Instructor; Yoga Therapist; Mental Health Coach

 

Tanya Porter – The Inner Space & Rhythmic Re-framing
Living Arts Director & Founder; Meditation, Yoga and Drum practice facilitator

http://theinnerspace.ca/
tanya@theinnerspace.ca
Sylvia Abergil, ORSCC
Spiritual Mentor, Relationship Coach/Facilitator and Reiki Master

http://www.evolvingexpressions.com/

 

Lucy Lehman | Certified Personal Trainer

http://www.soulcircuit.ca/

 

Nazish Z. Oriezi, founder of Ingage Consulting

http://www.ingageconsulting.ca/

 

Puppet Garrell – Doula

Mama Heron Birth & Wellness

https://www.facebook.com/MamaHeronBirth/?pnref=lhc

 

 


Stop by and warm up with a coffee or tea and learn about how you can become a member of this collaborative work space designed for folks who just need a welcoming place to work for the day, a few days/week or more!

OPEN HOUSES

Wednesday, Jan. 20th 10-3

Wednesday, January 27 10-3

Evening open house: Thursday, January 21st 6pm – 8pm

Grand Opening! Thursday, February 11 6:30-8:30