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.
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.