In this episode, I share highlights from the latest Global Coworking forecast by Emergent Research.
Overall, no major surprises, just affirmation that the growth in both supply and demand for coworking continues at a rapid clip - about 16% on the supply side and almost 24% on the demand side.
Looking for other industry data? Try these sources:
It’s the season of thinking about new beginnings and how to be a better you in 2018.
I read a book over the Thanksgiving break that I could not put down and I literally wanted to send it to all of my coworking friends. So I thought I should share it on the Podcast and do an episode on top 5 list of coworking books for coworking space owners, managers, etc. to read.
These books did not come out in 2017, nor are the ideas in these books are not necessarily new, but taken in the context of coworking, can help you think differently about your business, use better language to talk about your business and your “why” and to consider how you might do things differently in your business in 2018.
These books are all available on Audible as well which is a great app for buying and listening to audio books. Sometimes that’s the only reading time that I have. The trade-off is you can’t take notes and highlight sections that you want to go back to, but if it’s the only way to get through a book, I say make the trade-off.
This week, my guest is Nick Livigne. Besides the fact that we're both from Upstate NY and went to college in Ithaca, NY, I'm a big fan of the innovation he's brought to Verizon's real estate team. They're transforming underutilized real estate assets (both owned and leased), into collaborative workspaces focused on localized tech innovation.
Not only does this project bring Verizon authentic access to innovative teams, it's a marketing tool for its' brand "powered by Verizon" and the spaces are designed to turn a profit.
Nick shares their objectives, some of their learnings over the last two years, how they localize the spaces and what they look for in a local partner.
This week we go through insights from multi-location operators that are iterating their space design based on learnings from their other spaces.
If you’re starting a space or looking to evolve your existing spaces, be a student of the operators running multiple locations. If you keep an eye on what they’re doing, you can learn a lot without going through the evolution yourself.
This week we cover 8 reasons to attend an industry conference and 4 ways to prepare once you have your ticket.
In an industry evolving as quickly as ours, you can’t afford to not get out to events, get the big picture perspective and help build relationships that can, in turn, help you build your business.
In this episode, I talk with Peter Black, National Director of Workplace Strategy and Design for Colliers International. Over the past 5 years, Peter has been helping organisations develop strategies to transform workplaces to align with their business strategy and become a driver of change.
In this episode, I talk with Matt Going, CEO, and co-founder of Anytime Mailbox. Matt started Anytime Mailbox with one clear vision - everyone should be able to view and manage their postal mail on their mobile phone. We talk about how flexible office providers can leverage the digital mailbox demand to create diversified revenue streams for their business.
In this episode, I go through the top insights from the 2017 shared workspace member survey.
Here are the highlights. Click here to get the downloadable detailed version.
The GWA annual conference is coming up on 9/11/17! If you are an operator that has been open for less than a year, we have a discount code for you. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the code.
In this episode, I walk through several key metrics that are critical if you're starting or investing in a coworking space using the results of the GWA 2017 Industry Financial Survey.
In this episode, we talk about why community is one of the core benefits of getting people into flexible workspaces.
Loneliness is on the verge of becoming an epidemic.
We are all social creatures. Research shows that people with stronger social ties live longer.
We CAN create community in shared workspaces and it can have a dramatic impact on people's lives.
Have a listen to a few stories of how community changed lives.
In this episode, we walk through the key elements of the lease negotiation process including:
In this episode, I share a list of 10 factors you should look for as you shop for a location for your coworking space including:
Welcome to the Everything Coworking Podcast Episode Number 51!
Not using a broker could cost you your business and maybe even your house. The same goes for using the wrong broker.
In this episode, we talk about:
1. What a GOOD broker can contribute to your search process
2. How to find/identify a good broker.
3. Some watch-outs in the broker-lessee relationship
4. Two recommendations for brokers that are entrenched in the shared workspace industry
Mara Hauser is the Founder and CEO of 25N Coworking with locations in Geneva and Arlington Heights, IL. Mara is also on the board of the Global Workspace Association.
In addition to starting 25 North, Mara is President of Workplace Studio and has over 25 years of experience in designing and optimizing workspaces.
Iris led the NextSpace team during initial expansion from 1 location to 9 and co-founded the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces and COSHARE, produced Freelance Camps and has spoken at various conferences including the Global WorkSpace Association Conference and the Global Coworking Unconference Conference.
Iris currently consults, leads Coworking Mastermind groups, heads the board of directors of COSHARE and showcases industry and movement leaders through her media series, Coworking with Iris.
Iris and I talk about:
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.