Congratulations! I’m glad to hear this has finally happened! I run Tech Liminal in Downtown Oakland - I think Greg Turner introduced us a little while ago.
Do you really mean 800 square feet? That seems awfully small for a space for coworking and events.
In our space (about 2100 square feet) we are able to accommodate about either up to 20 coworkers, or 3 coworkers plus an event or workshop. We run one daytime weekly event that takes over the main space as well as our two conference rooms - which our coworking members either hide from or participate in.
Our model is focused on workshops, coaching, and projects, so we aren’t really working towards coworking members at the moment, but we do have a couple of meetup/education memberships that are going strong.
Workshops of more than 3 people don’t work well in the same space as people trying to work quietly or hold a meeting, so it’s pretty important to be able to have a space with a door that closes for those.
I found that creating a space that’s conducive to the kind of concentration that’s required for programmers or designers, while also being able to have a gathering spot for people to have conversation, was really incompatible in the same physical space.
Good luck with your space! I hope to visit sometime soon.
On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 10:58 PM, Melissa Geissinger [email protected] wrote:
We did it. WIMP signed a lease on a conservative 800 square foot space in downtown Santa Rosa, California and WIMPspace will be opening soon. I have run this meetup community for the last 3 years and change and we are over 400 members strong. The space is small but it’s awesome. We’re planning on converting one of the closets into a phone booth and probably just using a mobile partisan to separate the main space from a 4 person meeting table. We may not even use a partisan (thoughts??).
So we anticipate having about 18 seats. Not sure yet as we haven’t gotten furniture yet so it’s a little hard to visualize at this stage. We also plan on hosting our (free) events, and (paid) workshops and classes. What I’m finding is that there is actually a demand for the public to learn web design and social media basic skills (which is what the core of our membership specializes in) so we’ll probably host a mixture of beginner level as well as expert level classes.
Does anyone here have experience running a similar business model? Any tips on logistics or projections for the size of our operation?
Also wondering what you all use for keeping track of your membership subscriptions.
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