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When I founded Indy Hall is 2006, we were one of the first spaces of our kind. We invented the membership model used by countless coworking businesses, and our techniques for sustainable growth are seen throughout many of the industry's leading coworking operations.
Our community has grown from two dozen original founding members to several hundred, and our coworking space has grown from 1800 square feet to more than 16,000. To this day, we remain 100% bootstrapped and self-sufficient! 💸
We’ve learned so much along the way; that includes our own hands-on experiences, as well as lessons learned while advising and coaching thousands of coworking spaces in cities and towns and villages around the entire globe.
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A lot of us - community leaders and members alike - are feeling a very strange dual set of pains. On one hand, there’s a deep sense of isolation and “unstuckness” from both human contact and routine.Continue Reading
I’m getting a lot of questions from coworking operators about how to re-open operate “after COVID” and I feel like I need to share some thoughts about what this question implies.Continue Reading
I’m not going to be another voice harping on the value of hosting online events for our communities. You hopefully get that.Continue Reading
I’ve written THOUSANDS of words across dozens of emails to our members since making the decision to close our coworking space during the COVID19 outbreak, most of which has been met with resounding affirmations and appreciation for how we’re handling things.Continue Reading
Last night at dinner I was sharing stories about how people don’t understand that coworking spaces aren’t in competition with each other.Continue Reading
Each spring I guest lecture students at a business school on the topic of business ethics.Continue Reading
So now, in addition to coworking and community building, there’s another thing that you have in common with me and the thousands of people who get my emails.Continue Reading
In the world of coworking, most operators make the mistake of optimizing for occupancy.Continue Reading
If you run a solo service business or hire consultants/contractors to help with your business, I’m working on an event designed just for you.Continue Reading
It was 1am after the closing party for the business conference I co-organize with my partner Amy Hoy. I stopped at the corner bar near my house to grab a night cap and collect my thoughts about the event, and why it had gone so smashingly well.Continue Reading
For the third year in a row, I’m learning a lot about the global state of coworking from patterns I first notice in Asia. And for the first time in a while, the outlook is good. 🎯Continue Reading
Edited slightly for clarity, because let’s be honest, it was a great party.Continue Reading
Last night I threw a big party to celebrate the Indy Hall community’s 13th birthday. The night was incredible in every way, including a very fun reveal of a creative side project with some special meaning.Continue Reading
During the early days of coworking, I set up a “Google Alert” to notify me about blog posts and articles that mentioned the word coworking. But times have changed, and I wanna talk about why.Continue Reading
Back in the spring I started riding a motorcycle to work. It was a dramatic improvement to my quality of life, but not without unintended (and surprising) side effects!Continue Reading
When you imagine a coworking space - or any modern office space - there are a few visual and aesthetic trends that typically come to mind.Continue Reading
Are 30% of jobs really going to be done from coworking spaces? How do corporate employees fit into the coworking scene? What kinds of people get the most out of coworking?Continue Reading
Longtime readers might notice this site looks a bit different today!Continue Reading
A while back I got an email from someone working on starting a new coworking community in her rural town.Continue Reading
Howdy readers! Alex here, with a very rare guest post on my site. This story is packed with valuable lessons (and a smart, fun, honest approach) that I wanted to make sure as many people saw as possible. So please read, share, and leave a comment!Continue Reading