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Cathryn Davis

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Apr 15, 2019, 4:33:06 AM4/15/19
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Hello! I’m considering starting a co-working space in my town however I have zero knowledge of business or entrepreneurship which frankly makes me feel quite unprepared! The co-working resources have been super helpful, but I feel like I need to know more. I currently work in higher ed, so I have the luxury of professional development funding to use.

Are there any classes you’d recommend taking or wish you’d taken before starting your space? There seem to be a number of entrepreneurship fundamentals certificates out there to choose from, which I’m leaning towards. However I’m open to suggestions!

penny mechley-porter

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Apr 15, 2019, 8:41:31 AM4/15/19
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Hi Cathryn,
I live in Erie, PA and we have two classes available--both of which are available in many other cities. I took both classes and they've helped me immensely. One is thru the local SBDC office (Small Business Development Center) and the other is via a curriculum called Co.Starters. If you can find either of those in your city they'd be a good place to start.
Penny Mechley-Porter
Thrive Therapy Space

On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 4:33 AM Cathryn Davis <cathry...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello! I’m considering starting a co-working space in my town however I have zero knowledge of business or entrepreneurship which frankly makes me feel quite unprepared! The co-working resources have been super helpful, but I feel like I need to know more. I currently work in higher ed, so I have the luxury of professional development funding to use.

Are there any classes you’d recommend taking or wish you’d taken before starting your space? There seem to be a number of entrepreneurship fundamentals certificates out there to choose from, which I’m leaning towards. However I’m open to suggestions!

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Wendy

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Apr 15, 2019, 11:20:20 AM4/15/19
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Cathryn,

 

I live in Texas and I also took advantage of the SBDC of Texas.  It is a great resource.  Also our Chamber of Commerce offers leadership training programs.  They are not industry specific but are fairly comprehensive and attendees are other local business owners.  It is a great networking opportunity.  The more you can share what you are doing and educate people about Co-Working the bigger your reach.

 

Best of Luck,

Wendy Acosta

The Desk and Easel

 

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John Sechrest

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Apr 15, 2019, 11:50:17 AM4/15/19
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Between your local Community college, the SBA/SBDC client program, and the SCORE Program, you have a lot of generic business courses available to you locally. However, Coworking is its own kind of business. It takes a specific kind of rhythm to make it work.  It is worth your while to visit other coworking spaces, learn the choices they made and specifically understand the details. 

I looked at the bplans.org site, but could not find an example Business plan there for coworking. 

I suspect you can get a lot of help from folks on this list with some examples. But you will want to sit down and understand the assumptions they are making about their business models. 

Since there is a low margin on most coworking spaces, you need to be careful about how you do this. 
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Alejandro Moreno

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Apr 15, 2019, 12:33:38 PM4/15/19
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I would recommend EntrepreneurNow.com, it's a great online program. They've got a free 7 day trial right now.  I know they have thousands of people signing up for their online courses.

Kyle Brown

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Apr 19, 2019, 5:47:01 PM4/19/19
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Hey Cathryn,

I can't recommend getting involved with our local SBDC and Chamber of Commerce, enough. They are great resources who will be able to help you thrive at a local level, with new connections, and a community you can grow with. Who knows, these entities may even join your coworking community, like our local Chamber of Commerce did. Our relationship has been great, and they decided to move their offices into our space!


However, I agree with John, that coworking is its own business, and these local entities may not have all of the resources you need.

You might have a tough time finding a classroom that teaches coworking. However, there are plenty of online resources that have been set up by current spaces, platforms, and coworking experts in an effort to help build out the coworking community. They focus on everything from identifying your target market, to hiring a community manager, and closing sales. I highly recommend checking out some past webinars, blogs, and podcasts from established coworking leaders if you haven't already, before jumping into a class.

Good luck on your endeavors and happy coworking!

On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 2:33 AM Cathryn Davis <cathry...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello! I’m considering starting a co-working space in my town however I have zero knowledge of business or entrepreneurship which frankly makes me feel quite unprepared! The co-working resources have been super helpful, but I feel like I need to know more. I currently work in higher ed, so I have the luxury of professional development funding to use.

Are there any classes you’d recommend taking or wish you’d taken before starting your space? There seem to be a number of entrepreneurship fundamentals certificates out there to choose from, which I’m leaning towards. However I’m open to suggestions!

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