We opened our space (biomacowork.com) on March 9th.
On March 16, a full lockdown was imposed nationwide (our timing couldn´t have been better).
We were allowed to re-open in June.
Fortunately, our members base is growing at a reasonable pace, considering the context.
We have 32 desks (given local social distancing measures, we are allowed to have up to 16 members simultaneously), 3 private offices, and a meeting room.
2 of the private offices are already on a monthly based contract (hurray!!!). So we are keeking the third one for a more flexible scheme: hourly or bundled hours.
Still, we are seeing that most of the potential customers are looking for private spaces, especially for zooming (where external noise can be bothering both for the one in the conference and for the rest of the coworkers). We are having some trouble selling the shared desk concept, even though we have a lot of space to assure social distancing (more than 4 sqft distance between members).
Is this something the rest of the community is observing too? Or could it be that we need to “evangelize” more about the shared spaces concept? I Forgot to mention that our space is the first space in town (a suburban area of a big city) so many people are not yet quite acquainted with the coworking idea.We are focusing our marketing strategy around educating the community about coworking
Should we consider redesigning our floor plan to allocate more space to private spaces such as more private offices or phone booths?
Interested in your insights and thought about this.