@tkbrannon: Does anyone have a template for a joint membership agreement? Is this even a good idea?
@dangerouslyawesome: what do you mean by joint membership agreement?
@tkbrannon: @dangerouslyawesome An agreement between to coworking space where their members can have access to both spaces. I guess it’s similar to the coworking visa or copass?
@dangerouslyawesome: ah ha!
i would also take a look at this recent project: https://forum.coworking.org/t/we-launched-a-city-wide-coworking-passport-were-fighting-back-against-the-office-heavy-space/6835/
Global Coworking Forum: We launched a city-wide Coworking Passport. We’re fighting back against the office-heavy space.
that’s more local focused than the bigger platforms.
and I know Craig is happy to share lessons learned leading up to it!
@tkbrannon: Hi Alex I like the concept. I took a look at the video. I think it’s a little different than what we are trying to accomplish. We are trying to partner with another space where you pay one fee and you get access to both spaces. With the passport it seems like you try out 5 different spaces then you get a discount when you sign up for one space?
@dangerouslyawesome: I’m pretty sure that it didn’t start out that way, though
i haven’t see a specific successful arrangement between 2 spaces, and I def haven’t seen a template agreement that I’d trust
we’ve looked into direct partnerships like you’re describing, and it’s always been difficult to figure out a way to make it fair and equitable. in every version we came up with, one space had more to gain than the other, which wasn’t sustainable.
do you have a lot of people who actually want access to both spaces? or is it the kind of thing where it’d just be convenient + increased perceived value to be a member of one and be able to drop in to the other?
@tkbrannon: Your experience with these things tells me that even going down the road of this partnership might not be a good idea. But it’s more of the second reason you mentioned.
@dangerouslyawesome: if its the second, then I’d look to do something less binding and formal…and IF that works well, then maybe “upgrade” it to something more robust.
e.g. something where if you’re a member of one space, you get X drop in days at the other for free (or other kinds of discounts)
that way it’s more of a courtesy thing and no actual money needs to change hands, but there’s mutual benefit to both of your spaces’ members and more value for your membership
@tkbrannon: I like that idea!
@dangerouslyawesome: even outside of coworking, my experience is that once you’re trying to split income on things that aren’t crystal clear or somehow measurable equivalents, it gets challenging and messy.
if you find that lots of people are actually shuffling between two spaces (which in my experience almost never happens - people are too habitual, they don’t even like changing desks inside a single coworking space) then you can come up with a different plan based on reality
@tkbrannon: This is sooo true people have assigned unassigned seats.
we have a few members who hold memberships at different spaces (including ours of course) based on different kinds of clients they have to meet. but…that’s about it. it’s pure utility.
and its SO SMALL. like…less than 2%.
@tkbrannon: Got it I appreciate your recommendations. This is way more practical than what I had in mind.
@dangerouslyawesome: when it seems complicated, I take that as a clue that I’ve probably made it complicated and there’s a simpler way I could start
glad this helped - def report back what you end up doing!