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Creative Cubes is not just a co-working space. It’s a community of like-minded businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs elevating each other to success. It's a positive and uplifting environment, filled with people who are buzzing about their business growth, passionate about what they do, and determined to achieve greatness.

I sat down with Creative Cubes' co-founders Tobi Skovron and Gav Fernando to pick their brains about co-working and all things business, and despite their decades of experience and numerous business accolades, they're two of the most down to earth, real people I've interviewed to date. What was meant to be a 'quick ten-minute IGTV episode' turned into a half-hour conversation, so I'll be sharing the best bits over three episodes on my IGTV channel, and each episode will also be on YouTube.

What Tobi and Gav reiterated in thirty minutes, I've slowly been learning the (very) hard way for four years. I'm a big believer in passing on what I know to help others, so I wanted to share it all on the blog too.

When it comes to balancing business with a personal life, Tobi says self-care is the most critical thing. Tobi's wife had watched his previous business 'eat him alive' over the years, and when forced with an ultimatum, he decided to come back down the mountain and start again with a fresh approach to business. Tobi now prioritises wellness and self-care and balances his work and family life, and it's done wonders for his productivity, his marriage, and his business.

"Don't get lost in the dream to become a millionaire by sacrificing everything else in your life."

Gav is a big believer in the same principle, and he works hard to make sure that the Creative Cubes environment is filled with 'good vibes only'. The Hawthorn co-working space is set to open with a yoga studio, an on-site cafe serving up healthy options, and it'll have all the wellness perks currently offered at Richmond too. He says that a healthy business owner means a healthy business, and wellness and meditation is a crucial ingredient in success.

"Flexibility is key to survival. You're thrown different things every day in a startup, but being able to grow with that change flexibly, is so important."

Sounds simple, but it's true. What Tobi and Gav have learnt in their 12 months at Creative Cubes can be said for any business; it's essential to take time out, remember where you started, be open to change, and surround yourself with good people and good vibes.

If you want to do the latter, Creative Cubes have partnered with MYOB and Startup Victoria to offer 12 months of free rent, and all you need to do is pitch for it. Entries close on 18 September for the Hawthorn office so you'll have to be quick!

The Fashion Advocate x

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