Read any article about the successful traits of telecommuters, entrepreneurs, and other remote workers and you're bound to see commonalities like self-discipline, organizational skills, passion, and facility with networking.
On the flip side, you'll find this: According to a Buffer, Workfrom and Hubstaff joint survey of nearly 2,000 remote workers across the world, their top three struggles are loneliness, collaborating/communicating, and distractions at home.
That's in part what led Christy Alexander to open WorkSmart, a coworking space in Glens Falls designed to promote workplace happiness for everyone from freelancers to telecommuters.
"I decided to start this business because I had been working from home and I experienced feelings of disconnectedness and lack of motivation. My only option was to take up a table in a coffee shop which was distracting to me and unfair to the coffee shop," Alexander said. At the same time, she added, she was ready for a career shift.
After exploring opportunities, she discovered that other mobile professionals desire human connection in their workdays and often felt isolated or distracted at home.
"Those working to establish a business need resources, business services, and human connections. I knew I could help these people and play a role in building an ecosystem here, which would serve to support these individuals and positively impact the local economy."
— WorkSmart Founder, Christy Alexander
So Alexander got to work. A SUNY Adirondack graduate who studied management, marketing and entrepreneurship and has held customer-focused positions in the past, she had a bank of knowledge to use to make WorkSmart into something useful and different.
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