Finding office space that is priced within reach of a small businesses owner is not always easy. The success of startups and entrepreneurs alike is starting to depend more on flexible coworking spaces such as Mission 50 Workspaces in Hoboken, N.J., where independent workers can help propel each other toward their business goals.
Successful entrepreneurs appreciate – and rely upon – the support of others, making Mission 50 a natural fit for Uday Kumar of Jersey City, N.J. Kumar is associate vice-president of Ascendum Solutions, a technology consulting company that helps firms of all sizes solve business challenges. Kumar also is co-founder of Oventio, a sales intelligence tool. He has been a Mission 50 member since last year.
“Coming from an office in New York City, I was initially drawn to Mission 50 because of its proximity to Manhattan,” said Kumar. “But Mission 50 also has given me the ability to work in a flexible, open office environment where I am surrounded by other smart, creative people. My membership has helped me build a solid business network with like-minded individuals who support each other, exchange ideas and even cross-promote each other’s work.”
Startups, entrepreneurs, and even established businesses all benefit from the networking opportunities that are a byproduct of coworking spaces. Many of the professional relationships Kumar has developed were born from Mission 50’s regularly scheduled networking events and business seminars. NJ Tech Meetup, the Garden State’s largest tech community, also is a Mission 50 member.
Located in the penthouse of the 80,000-square-foot, multi-tenanted Hoboken Business Center, Mission 50 offers private and shared workspaces as well as conference room facilities. Amenities include laptop-ready desks with WiFi Internet connectivity; mail service; print, copy, scan and fax capabilities; three soundproof phone booths; and an event space that seats up to 60 people. Members can choose from daily to monthly leasing options.
Starting, owning or running your own company can bring personal and financial freedom as well as a profound sense of accomplishment. Among Kumar’s most valuable advice for achieving entrepreneurial success: “You can buy capabilities, but not values. When building a company, it’s all about surrounding yourself with others who share your standards and vision.” Kumar also stresses concentrating on one task at a time, but doing that task to the best of your ability. “And always take time each day to recharge by focusing on yourself – whether it’s participating in sports, reading or a finding a new hobby,” he opined.