smplr times 007: A response to feeling lonely

Hey there,

A couple weeks back I talked about feeling pretty lonely as a space operator. I’m an extrovert at heart and I’ve been fortunate to have made friends in the industry. From speaking with many of you, it seems like this is something you are looking for and have yet to find – a community of supportive coworking operators.

In response to this we’re excited to announce Please Wash Your Mugs, a community for coworking operators. This will consist of three main pillars to start:

  • A Slack Community. A digital space for coworking owners, operators and community managers. No dead air, no service providers (not even smpl). This is a place where questions get answered, we promise. We’re building a community that shows up for each other. We’re committed to keeping this active and healthy.
  • Mentor Time. Need 15 minutes to talk through an issue, or to bounce a cool new idea off of someone? Let鈥檚 hop on appear.in and talk it out. Interested in being a mentor? Let us know.
  • Biweekly Newsletter. A twice-a-month newsletter that’s all about giving you actionable ways to improve your space. We’ll also compile the best of the best articles and conversations from the Slack group. Never miss a thing.

This is where we’re starting and we want you to be a part of it. If you’re a paying smpl customer it doesn’t cost you a single thing. You’re in! If you use a different platform to manage your space that’s ok, we still 馃挋you and would love for you to be a part of this community. It’s $9/month or $94/year. Learn more about what we’re doing聽here and if you want in hit the Let Me In button and fill out the form.

Invites to Slack and the mentor calendar go out later this week.

Now, on to this week’s must-read articles.

馃憣聽From AllWork
Why You Need To Embrace a Different Space as a Service Model
This concept has been on my mind a good bit lately. What if we could help landlords optimize their space and revenue by creating smaller shared workspaces for their bigger tenants? Food for thought. Good read.

馃搸聽From Wash Your Mugs on membership guidelines
Example Membership Guidelines Template
Bringing this post back around as I have been asked several times lately about membership guidelines and where to start. This is hygge’s base membership guidelines. Take all of it, some of it or none of it. What do you use for your guidelines?

馃應聽From The Coworking Google Group
117 Spaces announced and/or opened in July
Whoa, this is huge. Lots of big players mixed in there but this is a ton of growth. As we get ready to build a community of operators that support one another you should see this as encouraging. More operators = more people to pull into the community and support.


Now for your smpl update. You leveled up big over the last couple weeks. Resource booking is in the world. You can now added managers to your space. The ability to update a member’s location is in.

What’s next? We’re reading the ability to customize the welcome messaging. See below. New members are treated to a nicer welcome screen with a message that you can customize. This same message will also appear in their welcome email. Releasing soon! 馃帀

That’s it. As always, an exciting week ahead.

Until next time,
Garrett

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