5 Awesome Reasons To Work At Home

Ever wanted to know what ZogSports GMs are up to in their ‘free time’? Luckily, San Fran’s GM, Nick Cruit, has brought us right into the comfort of his own home…

For those of you who play ZogSports in NYC or NJ you’ve probably heard about or been to the Zog headquarters offices. I’ve had an opportunity to spend a few weeks at HQ and there’s never a dull moment to say the least – YouTube videos being shared, balls flying around, and sometimes even refrigerators falling apart. fridge

But for those of us who run ZogSports in other cities our co-workers consist of me, myself and I. When I tell people I work from home by myself I get, “Oh my god I could never do that!” or, “how do you get anything done?” or my favorite, “aren’t you lonely?” Well maybe I’m crazy but I LOVE working from home. Here are my top 5 reasons why working from home as a ZogSports GM in SF is awesome!

That's me on the bottom right!

That’s me on the bottom right!

1) No distractions: Most days I wake up around 8 am, pour myself a cup of coffee, and before I know it it’s 1 pm and I have to remind myself to eat lunch. That time warp has a lot to do with the demand of managing all the aspects of our co ed social sports leagues, but another huge part of it is that I can get into a solid work zone with very little distractions, which is something I haven’t had with any other job. Don’t get me wrong, I miss hanging out with co-workers and talking about the latest pics we’ve seen on Reddit, but there’s something about having peace and quiet during the critically busy parts of my day that makes this job so much more manageable. It also helps that part of my job is to meet new people, play sports, and play bar games every week!

2) Video meetings: To give you guys a little insight into our workflow, all of the GM’s get together every day via video conference to chat about what our priorities are and other interesting things going on in our respective cities. I hated these at first but have now come to enjoy them quite a bit. Most internal meetings in past jobs had a tendency to linger on, but for whatever reason video meetings are quick and to the point – most times. The funny part about video chats is that when the remote general managers end up getting together in person, which we do a few times a year in NYC, we joke about how nice it is to see each other from the shoulders down. We also joke that none of us wear pants during the video chats, kind of like news anchors do.

3) Saving money: The other great thing about my job is that I save a ton of money (and a few inches on the waistline) by not eating out. There are plenty of days where I lazily graze on whatever snacks I have around the house, but having the option to fire up the grill and make a solid home-cooked meal during work is awesome. I also spend way less on food than I used to, which gives me more cash to spend at the happy hours! Now more than ever I’m understanding the importance of the latte factor.

4) Flexibility: After nearly a year working out of my house I’ve realized an important fact about myself: Working at my own pace makes me way more productive. I work most days within the same hours I would if I had to go to an office, but there are those special occasions where I’ll take an hour or two in the morning or afternoon when I get stuck in a rut or am not feeling productive. Just having the flexibility to step away when I need to clear my mind is such a big bonus of this job and has increased my productivity ten-fold.

5) Naps: I can’t lie to you guys; I occasionally take naps during the day. Where I’d normally rely on a strong cup of coffee to push through that period when my brain just wants to shut down, now I close my eyes for 20-30 minutes and have way more energy than I would if I try to force down a 5 Hour Energy.

Well, there you have it, a little insight into my life and why I love my job.  Am I crazy for loving to work from home? Sound off if you have any comments or similar stories. I’m curious to hear what you have to say!

Cheers,

Nick Cruit

ZogSportsSF GM

Behind the Scenes In DC

Whether you’re camping out to hear your favorite band or waiting to buy the newest smart phone, it feels like you have to wait in a long line for EVERYTHING!  From NYC to LA, there are lines wrapped around movie theaters, malls, sneaker stores and even Chick-fil-A!  Since ZogSports loves to keep up with the latest trends, camping out has become a monthly activity for the GM of ZogSportsDC.  No, Kendra is not getting a new pair of kicks! This camp out one of a kind and happens rain or shine on the first of the month promptly at 3 am! Sounds crazy…but crazy is our middle name. It’s time to let you in on a little secret– We’re headed behind the scenes in DC!

Many DC Zoggers have the privilege of playing volleyball at the Lincoln Memorial Sand Courts, but little did you know that these volleyball courts are in extremely high demand. You’re about to learn what goes on in order to acquire this high value space for every month of our DC sand volleyball season.

As the clock strikes 3:00 am, the DC crew wakes up and prepares to camp out. With charged phones and iPads, camping chairs and food, they set up shop. Some try to sleep until their alarm goes off at 6, while others engage in the friendly argument of, “Who was here first!?”

Of course, you must understand that when camped out, there is a list of unwritten rules that everyone must follow:

  • The First: No saving spots! First come, first served is the motto of this permit-procurement process.
  • The Second: One person can only reserve one court. While there are some lone soldiers out on these streets, ZogSportsDC needs to secure enough courts for all of our players! So, Kendra and her crew are there to get permits for all of our leagues!
  • The Third: Be prepared to walk away with nothing. With only 30 spots to play volleyball throughout the week, sometimes failure is an option. (That’s why we offer a number of other great beach volleyball leagues!)
  • The Fourth: Bring rain gear!
  • The Fifth: 7 am = Starbucks time! Even if you and your neighbor didn’t speak all night, once the process is done, everyone deserves some caffeinated brew.

Now that you have a glimpse of what it’s like to stake out, anyone interested in joining ZogSportsDC on their next permit-procurement mission?

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#HelloJersey

As many of you know, New Jersey has been going through a loss.  With the Nets moving to Brooklyn and not having a Garden State Football team, responsibility of pulling  Jersey through to the professional sport arena falls solely on the Devils and the Red Bulls. So with only two team to follow this coming year, ZogSportsNJ has some exciting news to share with our sisters and brethren in Jersey. While the Nets aren’t coming home anytime soon, we do have some equally exciting news for you Jersey Zoggers. This fall season, ZogSportsNJ is introducing a 23 league season!

Let’s go over the basics:

#HelloNewLeagues: With a brand new Bocce League in Hoboken, ZogSportsNJ is bringing more social to the field.  Thursday nights will now be filled with making new friends in Zog style. This old school game is bringing back the good ole days of calm and casual fun.

#HelloLongerSeason: Bring your ball- rolling skills to the lanes. Our co-ed bowling league in Union City is back! Socializing while you play and enjoying happy hour at the lanes is what Zog does best. This fall, ZogSportsNJ is offering a 10 game regular season in addition to the regular 6 game league. Wednesday nights in Union City will never be the same.That's right Jersey, we are back!

#HelloMontclair: We are happy to be back in Montclair this fall and want to formally welcome back our Dodgeball and Volleyball Leagues. With Volleyball on Mondays and Dodgeball on Tuesdays, your weeknights in Montclair will be filled with sports, friends and beer.

#HelloJerseyFootball: Even though the Jets and Giants play in Jersey, they are still known as New York teams. WTF, NFL? Thankfully, Zog is here to bring you some real New Jersey football this fall. While you watch your NFL team this fall, you can also play co-ed football with Jersey pride. Games will be held on Thursday and Sunday in Hoboken and Saturday in Montclair.

#HelloBergenCounty: Blue Law blues? Say no more! This fall season you can spend your Sunday with the Hackensack Soccer League. Weeknights will also be packed in Paramus with our Volleyball League.

Last but certainly not least:

#HelloFREEkickball: Yes, you heard it here first. ZogSportsNJ is offering the people of Montclair a preview of what is to come on in our kickball league this fall. Join us on Sunday, August 18th for a day of kicking and Zogging. Zoggers will then head on over to Just Jake’s to celebrate Kickball’s arrival in Montclair.

With a lot to look forward to this fall in the ZogSportsNJ world, we’re excited to say #HelloZoggers!  We’re back.

 

 

How to Pret and Zog, all in one day!

This past week, ZogSports had the opportunity to host a unique event for the infamous Pret -A-Manger. Now you may be wondering what  ZogSports and Pret have in common. Well not only do the Zog staff enjoy gobbling delicious chocolate chip cookies from the Pret on the corner of 38th and 6th, we also organize corporate sports leagues and private events for companies across NYC. So instead of hosting the Pret quarterly meeting in a conference room, they decided to bring their hard workers out to Roosevelt Island for some fun with ZogSports.

Doing what we do best, we spiced up their meeting with some activities to keep the Pret staffers moving. We setup shop with booths and games for the Pret staffers to enjoy, and our social sports leagues skills were put to the test. From football to ultimate Frisbee, ZogSports gave Pret a little taste of what we offer during our regular season leagues. And of course, in usual Zog fashion,  the sports activities merged into a huge happy hour. With 150 people in attendance, The River Walk Bar and Grill was ready to kick off the happy hour with open arms. Now Zoggers know that we don’t just sit like adults at a bar, we have to have our usual bar games ready to play. Staying true to our Zog roots, we setup beer pong for all!

We had a blast helping Pret host this event and can’t wait to run an Olympics event for the Pret employees later this summer!

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