Everyone knows that the millennial workforce thrives on coworking, coffee and flexibility in their chosen career path(s). There is even a study called NextGen to support this! “Where Generation X values control over work, development opportunities and pay satisfaction, Millennials are driven by the more social needs of flexibility, appreciation and team collaboration” (PwC, 2014). Many millennials identify their work habits as multifaceted; calling themselves entrepreneurs, tech-pros, freelancers and bartenders all at once. A one track career path is seen as boring or lacking in opportunity these days. Life-work is connected now more than ever, and everyone wants a personal experience, and to work for a brand that represents them (think Coca-Cola’s name bottles).
The challenge is this:
How can I merge my personal goals with my career and income generating goals?
You could take the advice ‘follow your passion and the money will come’. Well what if your passion is watching full seasons of ‘Friends’ on Netflix, with no breaks, all week long?
Or follow the trend right now and become an insta-famous tech startup! Maybe move to Silicon Valley, wear awesome Chive t-shirts and have a man-bun.
It works for these guys —-> https://www.pinterest.com/explore/man-bun/
Ultimately you should start by envisioning and outlining what you expect in a job – any job! Salary, type of coworkers and boss (if any), environment (office, home, coworking space, the jungle or the beach) and specifics of what you will actually be doing!!
Just saying “I want to start a business” won’t start the business. Usually taking action and getting out into the world is better than spending hours planning and talking about what you are going to do.
Millennials are not ‘lazy’ or too ‘entitled’. Most millennials, like any other generation, want to work hard; they just want to work hard at something that they believe in. Young people have tons of great ideas, sometimes it is just hard to know where to start.
A good place to start is with a virtual office and coworking membership.
You get the best of every world with these packages.
A professional business address will give you an edge in any field – especially when writing to potential investors/donors/funding opportunities.
Also it will save time and money – all your mail and packages are collected for you and arranged nicely for pick up or delivery! No more waiting around for deliveries or worrying about cheques being lost in the mail. You won’t need to hire a receptionist or assistant either!
Coworking and coworking spaces are in generous supply around the world today. Providing an alternative to busy coffee shops; like-minded individuals and teams can bounce ideas off of one another or work quietly without the restrictions of a coffee shop or distractions of home.
Before signing up to any ol’ space on the block, explore your options! Be sure to make a list of what you envision your coworking experience to be.
Is free coffee important?
Can you have a dedicated, personalized space with a locked filing cabinet?
Is there 24/7 access?
You may have a day job and want to work on your other ventures by night!
What about when you have guests, coworkers or potential investors stopping by…is there meeting room space available on the fly?
There are a variety of workspace cultures available. Be sure the one you choose aligns with your goals and expectations in your career and personal life.
Coworking and Virtual Office Memberships – http://www.torontomeetings.com/cowork.htm