Some of the most successful business ideas are born at kitchen tables, inside home offices, or in the car. Nurturing these nascent plans, however, can be a bit more challenging. Housework, kids, and long commutes to big-city office spaces pry fledgling CEOs away from their work, and these one-person corporations can lack a key element for success: collaboration.
SwitchCube aims to fill this void. The business fosters a community of independent entrepreneurs, contractors, and other professionals who work together within a shared space, either collaborating on projects or simply lending each other advice. In addition to ideas, the group also shares professional amenities, including printers, coffee, and ample oxygen. Members can also rent out a boardroom for important meetings and access designated rooms for long phone calls. With several plans available, they can make use of the space for a single day, a few days a month, or full time.
Amid the gentle babbling of an outdoor waterfall, the Simpsons are snapping pictures. Here, in their studio’s scenic outdoor garden, Photoart by Simpson’s two generations of photographers exert decades of expertise as they capture kids at play, families in celebration mode, and moms-to-be using their stomachs as book stands. Inside the studio, natural light streams into photo sessions, illuminating the artistic poses Andrew stages or the spontaneous turns of Arlene’s lens. To ensure that clients receive the photo shoot they’re looking for, the Simpsons invite subjects to consult with them prior to the shoot, making any stylistic requests before the session begins. Once cameras have been packed away, clients can memorialize their newly captured selves via framed and mounted prints.
As one bride gushed, "everyone at our wedding thought he was a friend of ours." That's the reason people come to officiant Darian Kovacs. Over the past 10 years, he's overseen kind of ceremony imaginable, from giant affairs fit for a princess to small legal ceremonies and destination weddings. He works with couples as long as needed to perfect the ceremony, and conducts his meetings in whatever medium suits them best, be it over Skype, e-mail, in person, or when passing each other on slow-moving yachts. Ceremonies can be as traditional or modern. He has a range of quotes to pull from that veer away from wedding cliches, with verses pulled from classic religious texts or even applicable children's books that showcase what true love looks like. After the ceremony's over, he files all the paperwork so that honeymooners don't have to worry about logistics while on their dream vacation.