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Meet Melissa Blackburn, owner at Haven Collective

My name is Melissa Blackburn. I am a new NAWBO member!

Tell us about your business.

Haven Collective is a coworking space for work-from-home professionals, entrepreneurs and side hustlers seeing a space for balance and structure. We provide amenities such as on-site childcare, chef prepared meals, and fitness programming so that you can make the most of your time - personally AND professionally.

Options range from community memberships all the way up to private office space. Whatever your need, we have you covered!

What inspired you to get into your business?

Working as an Operations Exec for most of my career, my greatest joy was building teams and establishing strong corporate cultures. When I realized that I could use that passion to create a coworking space that would connect like-minded professionals and help create a community for those isolated working at home, I was sold!

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Trust your gut, it doesn't lie! If you can find balance and calm, you can typically hear that voice clear as day.
  2. Kindness is always the answer. People are struggling more than you know and you can be the light that turns their day around!
  3. Get the most annoying stuff off your plate FIRST each day...I call it "swallowing that frog". Once you can cross off the stuff you don't want to deal with, you can take on the rest of the day with a clearer head.

What does your future look like?

Growing Haven to be the best that it can be using user feedback and thoughtful collaborations...and opening more locations!

What do you do in your free time?

I am the proud wife and mother of two babies (3 and almost 2 - life is busy!), love to dance, cook and spend quality time with friends.

What is your company website?

www.havencolumbus.com