In this episode, I talk with Kris Elliott, President of the Preferred Office Network.
Kris has joined me today to help demystify the corporate coworking client.
In this episode, I review a basic template for a sample coworking P&L.
We go through:
Cat is the lead content creator at Shareable, and she helped position the publication as the #4 nonprofit blog in the world, with over 100,000 monthly unique visitors.
She also helps coworking spaces and collaborative organizations tell their stories and grow their communities with content.
Her focus is on creating lean, effective content strategies that engage a target audience, whether existing members, potential members, local entrepreneurs, or the extended collaborative space community.
Overall, the report provides an overview of the flexible workspace market and the demand drivers behind the recent shared workspace growth. But their point of view is that while the industry seems riveted by the growth rates of flexible workspace, the more significant growth, and higher margin growth, is in communication services for the mobile professional. If you are listening to this podcast, you’re interested in flexible workspace and learning more about the demand for communication services by the same user base may spark some ideas about business models and opportunities.
Get the highlights from the Liquidspace Flexible Office Report. They share data and insights based on their 3MM transactions for meeting rooms and office space.
Rebecca Brian Pan was the COO at Nextspace (9 locations in the Bay Area and Chicago) and then conceived of a model that she thought would make coworking more accessible for members, more sustainable for the operator and overall create an exceptional environment for today's mobile worker.
She launched COVO with her husband and brother in July 2016. We dig into her first 6 months - what's working, what have been her biggest surprises, and what's next for COVO.
All of the data and resources referenced in this episode can be found right here on this blog post.
Michael Youngblood, cofounder of Unsettled, asked himself a question that would change the course of the next few years of his life. "Why would I spend the winter in cold, snowy Boston?" Shortly after posing that question, he and 40 or so of his friends and their friends spent a month working remotely in a warm climate. Turns out, there are a lot of people that want to experience new cultures in beautiful cities with other location-unconstrained professionals. Michael shared his story, how the company is growing and evolving and how he leverages coworking spaces to give professionals the resources they need to run their businesses and a local community to enhance their experience.
Hector Kolonas is growing a platform that he developed to help members of shared workspaces leverage collective buying power for discounts on commonly used products and services. In turn, this platform shares part of the savings with the shared space owner, providing a diversified revenue source for space.
This episode highlights a few 2017 Coworking Predictions that I made for Work Design Magazine.
Wendy Spreenberg, President and Founder of SITE RESolutions, goes through a SWOT Analysis for experienced shared space operators in a rapidly evolving market.
This week we talk to Rick Mulready, host of the Art of Paid Traffic podcast.
In our intro, Rick shares his experience working in a shared workspace in San Diego.
She consults primarily with corporations and helps them make workplace policy decisions that really impact their workforce. But she considers workspace to be anywhere that people work, from hospitals to schools to traditional office buildings.
Spaces that are highly occupied are serving people’s needs
Underutilization can indicate not that people don’t need space but that that particular space isn’t serving the occupant group
She believes in “fail fast” facilities management - test work environments. If they aren’t used, they aren’t working so swap it out. She sees the coworking industry as participating in this test environment - being very consumer-focused and letting the user “vote with their feet” for what works.
This episode features Chris Holt, co-founder of TechArtista in St. Louis, Missouri.
Chris shares his experience on expanding his space over time and adding member-driven services such as a Movement Lab, a hair studio, a photography studio and a maker's space.
Welcome to Episode #31 of the Everything Coworking Podcast!
This episode is brought to you by the Global Workspace Association.
In this episode, Craig Baute, founder of Creative Density, a coworking space in Denver, shares his experience around how to cultivate community in a shared workspace. He gives some tips on how to facilitate without going overboard. This episode and our next episode, #32, focus on facilitating community in a shared workspace. I created a downloadable cheat sheet with a list of tips and insights shared by our guests, Craig in this episode, and Chris Holt from Tech Artista in the next episode.
To get the cheat sheet, text GWA2016 to 44222, and then follow the instructions on your phone.
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In this episode, I chat with Natalie Grasso, Senior Editor for Work Design Magazine. We talk about workplace trends and their new event series on exploring choice in the workplace. Natalie shares some learnings from the first two events in Washington DC and Seattle. The series continues in Chicago in April and another event in June in Washington DC.
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Welcome to the Everything Coworking Podcast #29!
Today I spoke with Mike Lanni and Colin Bovet. Mike is Head of Key Accounts for Enplug and Colin is Head of Marketing at Enplug. We talk about the idea that workspace members are experiencing unprecedented levels of technology that connect, simplify and enhance their experience. They will expect this level of experience in a workspace. Enplug has a dummy-proof digital signage solution that puts IT guys out of business. We talk about trends they're seeing in the marketplace and what types of content workspaces communicate to build community.
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Dale Hersowitz predicts how the Internet of Things will have a major impact on the way shared workspaces are run and on the member experience.
Keith Warner, Managing Partner for Pacific Workplaces, shares how the company, which has 16 locations in the Bay Area, has changed their name, the titles of their client-facing staff as well as their space design to experiment with the open-plan coworking model. If you are a traditional serviced office space thinking about making some updates this episode is for you. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Everything Coworking Podcast #26! Today I spoke with Mike LaRosa who is the founder and publisher of Coworkaholic. We are doing our 2nd annual 2016 trend report. Mike is reporting from Bali where he is helping out with the Coworking Unconference Asia (GCUC) which is happening February 24-28, 2016. We are actually not going to talk about the conference today. Coworkaholic and Deskmag just issued a 2016 Coworking Trends Report based on data they received from a survey they received in the fall, but Mike was in charge of the trend part of the report.
In this episode we talked about new concepts and new developments in the coworking world. The episode is brought to you by the Global Workspace Association.
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Welcome to the Everything Coworking Podcast #24!
Today I spoke with Aalap Shah. Aalap is the founder of SoMe, a Chicago-based digital marketing company. He has worked in the online, retail, and service sectors, and knows what it takes to market and succeed in our increasingly digital world.