There’s a zillion things running through your mind during the weeks and months lead-up to opening a coworking space:
- finding a space and designing/laying it out so people love it (and use it!)
- developing a business model that will get you to profitability as quickly as possible
- negotiating your lease (how long should it be? what should you expect from your landlord?)
- understanding your funding options
And don’t forget about building your community, and figuring out how to get the word out so prospective new members will want to join when you’re open.
How do you prioritize? How can you be confident that you’re making the best decisions? And what if you choose wrong, wasting your precious time and money?
The truth is that sometimes, you can’t stop bad things from happening. You can’t control everything. You won’t be right about everything.
But you can save a ton of time & money by avoiding the avoidable mistakes.
“Always time to do it twice, never time to do it right.”
I learned this saying early in my career, and it’s one of those truisms that shapes a business or a project.
Would you rather put do something that works today….but becomes a problem you have to undo/redo in 6 months?
Or would you rather do something today….that works in your favor no matter how it goes? That is cheap and easy to course correct?
This isn’t just about saving you time and stretching your dollars further, it’s about making every minute you have and every dollar you spend work 10x harder for you both today, and over time.
That’s why choosing the right steps and the right order matters sooooo much.
And it’s why working with me at the earliest stages is much easier (and more affordable, frankly!) than later on, when you have sunken costs (emotional and financial) to confuse your calculations.
Working with me is all about building the foundation, getting the fundamentals in place, asking the right questions and making the right decisions in the next 0-6 months so that when 18-48 months have passed you’re still building forward….not undoing the expensive mistakes I see folks struggle with every day.
Beyond the 12 years of experience I have running my own coworking space, I’ve spent thousands of hours working with coworking spaces of all sizes, styles, flavors, and from cultures around the world. I’m a total nerd for this stuff, and I pay a lot of attention to the patterns in what works and what doesn’t.
You and your coworking business can benefit from my deep pattern recognition to help you avoid the avoidable mistakes, and use every bit of leverage you have to get your coworking community off the ground profitably and with the most vibrant community possible.
Sign up for a Coworking Audit
This “pre-opening” Audit is designed for people who are beyond the conceptual phase and have one or more of the following:
- One or more potential space options
- Initial space designs or concepts
- A rough draft business model
You do NOT need to have:
- a signed lease
- secured funding
(It’s okay if you do, but either way we’ll help make sure that these big, scary, expensive steps don’t stand in your way.)
What to expect:
Your Audit starts with a 1-on-1 “deep study” of your present situation. Before we even sit down I’ll send you a bunch of questions to answer so can make the most of our 1-1 time.
No holds barred, here, the more I know the more I can help. Even the seemingly small stuff.
We’ll get alllllll of your cards on the table and understand what you’re working with, especially the specifics of your strengths and existing community, experience, relationships, commitments, leverage, etc.
Within 1 week of our 60-90 minute session, I’ll provide you with a personalized analysis and recommendations that roughly follows the SWOT matrix of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
This is all about determining priority, and order of operations, for the coming months of what you’ll be working on. You’ll know where to focus your effort now, as well as where to stop wasting your time/energy/resources.
Unless you have unlimited resources, you can’t afford to build things in ways that are full of dependencies…including yourself. So I’ll help you drop the baggage that’s going to waste time or create problems down the road and only focus on doing the right things, in the right order, to build lasting momentum.
Warning: this process is very likely to involve some tough love…the stuff you need to hear, even if you don’t want to. I’m not going to shy away and sugar coat it, but I will give you specific recommendations for making the absolute most of what you’re working with.
Everything included in your Coworking Audit Package:
- Pre-Audit Survey
- 90 minute 1-1 Audit
- Personalized Analysis & Recommendations
Introductory Price $799
Audits are now being booked for this month, and since this audit package is new, I’m offering a special intro price for the first 5 people who sign up.
Not quite ready for an audit? You can book 1-1 time with me here.
Questions? Ready to start your audit? email [email protected] to get started!
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