The big news this week in the flexible workspace industry: WeWork’s S-1 and imminent IPO. If you are an independent coworking space operator, you may be wondering what it means for you. The Movement The distributed workforce is real, and it is gargantuan. While WeWork has 500+ locations worldwide and is growing like crazy, they’re… Continue reading What can indie coworking spaces learn from WeWork?
TL;DR Don't offer that free day pass. Starting a new business is hard, it doesn’t matter what that business is. It takes a leap of faith to dedicate time and capital to something new. The process of creation, of bringing an idea from the early firings of neurons to the world marketplace, can be both… Continue reading On balancing incentives with good business practices
The lobby of Cowork Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Photo credit: Erin Ebright. Coworking & flexible office spaces are quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the global office space landscape. As more and more employees utilize these spaces, the gap between coworking & the traditional corporate office will continue to narrow. It is important… Continue reading Coworking & the 3/30/300 Rule of Thumb
In Part 1 of this Series on the Value Proposition of the Coworking Industry, I provided an overview of how an increase in the distributed workforce is driving change in the traditional office model. While many remote or distributed workers have depended on a home office or coffee shops to fulfill their workplace needs, these… Continue reading The Coworking Value Proposition – Part 2 (Members)
Between being a coworking space & building owner the past five years and being the co-founder of a software company focused upon supporting the operation of coworking spaces, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the industry. Not just my own space and its growth and performance, but how the industry fits into… Continue reading The Coworking Value Proposition – Part 1
Coworking spaces pride themselves on offering a great workspace and communities of peers to work around. Building and maintaining a thriving coworking community requires an understanding of what members need in order to be productive. What is it that members of coworking spaces need? At the most basic level, a place to get work done.… Continue reading Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for Coworking
As a physicist, I know a thing or two about time. I have spent countless amounts of it pondering its meaning, its measurement, and our relationship with it. I have lectured on how the gravitational pull of a black hole affects it and how it slows down if you are moving at close to the… Continue reading The value of time.
I’ve been seeing a lot of twitter threads, blog posts, and discussions online recently about working remote. Anecdotally at least, it feels like the frequency of these discussions is increasing. That increase may be related to the increase in the number of workers that are able to engage in part or full time remote work.… Continue reading Working Remote != Working from Home
The future of work is distributed. Companies that don't recognize this movement and leverage it are at a severe disadvantage. Imagine the ability to (inexpensively) hire engineers, designers, marketing managers, and more that don't live and breathe the SF / NYC lifestyle. Video conferencing is ubiquitous, and working across time zones is now easy. I… Continue reading The incredible growth of coworking
*This article was originally posted on CoworkTahoe.com on January 4, 2019* Five years ago, I left Silicon Valley for the mountains. My husband and I reached a point where we no longer could see a healthy future for ourselves or our children if we stayed. As the oft quoted John Muir said, “The mountains are… Continue reading Coworking & the Future of Work