CloudVO City Guide: Welcome to Miami

CloudVO City Guide Welcome to Miami Florida

In the next CloudVO City Guide, we are featuring some of our flexible office spaces in Miami, the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Whether your main business is in another state and you want to establish an affordable local branch in Miami, you work from home but need a Miami business address, you need a virtual office with mail services and a professional space to meet clients, or a private office, we have the flexible workspace for you. Take a closer look at some of our shared workspaces in Miami, Florida with superb options for Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms.

CloudVO partner, Capital Business Center Brickell- Miami, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms found in the Heart of Miami’s financial district. This shared workspace is the perfect location for any business. It has convenient access to public transportation and is centrally located. This workspace is ideal for business meetings, conferences, or training sessions due to its close proximity to numerous dining and entertainment options as well as a plethora of high-end hotels. Additionally, this workspace offers convenient access to public transportation and Route 1, and is just minutes away from Miami International Airport making it easy to get to and from no matter how you commute.

Miami Virtual Office Plans Capital Business Center Brickell

Another CloudVO partner, Quest Workspaces 1395 Brickell, is located downtown on the world-famous Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami. This flexible office space boasts Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with waterfront views and  quick access to a multitude of restaurants, cafes, shopping, and hotels. Found in the Class ‘A’ Brickell Arch Building at the Espirito Santo Plaza, this workspace is the ideal location for any business. Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or small company, this location has something to fit your needs with options including day offices, conference rooms, and virtual office plans with mail receipt, mail forwarding, and live answering services. Getting to and from this Miami workspace is easy with Route 1 and public transportation stops both within minutes.

Miami Virtual Offices and Guest Offices Quest Workspaces | CloudVO

Quest Workspaces 777 Brickell-Miami, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that include mail receipt, mail forwarding, and live answering services, so this shared office space has all the tools your business needs to succeed. This workspace solution is perfect for start-ups, home-based businesses, or those expanding to new markets. It is also ideally located near a plethora of restaurants and shops only minutes from the water. 

Miami Meeting Rooms Quest Workspaces 777 Brickell | CloudVO

CloudVO partner, Starthub – Miami has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms located on Flagler Street, making it easily accessible from I-95 and has multiple dining and retail options within walking distance. This flexible workspace provides a professional atmosphere and amenities, including a comfortable business lounge, complimentary beverages and fantastic Wifi. 

Coworking Miami Starthub | CloudVO

Ampersand Studios – Miami, a partner of CloudVO, is ideally situated in Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District. With a variety of Meeting Room rentals, coworking and Virtual Office plans including mail receipt and live answering services available, this workspace has the perfect setup for your business. This flexible workspace is just blocks from I-395, I-95, and the light rail station allowing for quick and easy access to all of Miami. Nearby, there are dozens of restaurants, cafes, hotels, shopping, and local sights including the Rubell Museum and the Wynwood Walls.

Meeting Rooms Miami Ampersand Studios | CloudVO

Another CloudVO partner, Next Workspaces- Miami, provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that feature stylish design and great pricing combined with excellent amenities such as exceptional Wifi, complimentary beverages, ample street parking, and highly trained staff to help you with whatever you may require. This is a great option for startups or small businesses. Additionally, this location is incredibly accessible with Government Center and I-95 just minutes away.

Miami Meeting Rooms Next Workspaces | CloudVO

CloudVO Partner, Mindwarehouse – Miami, is a work and meeting space located in the Downtown Miami Historic District. This flexible office location offers a range of options for professionals from Virtual Office services including mail receipt, mail forwarding, mail scanning and live answering services as well as hourly Meeting Rooms. Amenities on-site include blazing-fast Wifi, print/scan/copy, and staff ready to assist you. This location provides convenient access to Miami’s Metrorail, Metromover, Brightline train station, and trolley routes making it easily accessible. Additionally, there are various dining, retail, and entertainment options all close by.

Miami Meeting Rooms Mindwarehouse | CloudVO

 CloudVO partner, Latitude One- Miami, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms conveniently located in the heart of the Brickell area. Amenities on-site include a relaxing business lounge equipped with complimentary beverages, business-grade Wifi, catering upon request, and administrative support staff available to assist you. Located just off Route 41 and just blocks away from public transportation, this shared workspace allows for quick access to the entire Miami area and is just 7 miles away from Miami International Airport.

Miami Virtual Office Plans Latitude One Guest Office | CloudVO

Miami is a major hub for international trade, business, culture and more which makes it a prime location for your business. Whether you need a professional Miami business address or a space to work in Miami, CloudVO has an array of great options.  Virtual Office plans are available at all of the aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, digital mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

How To Select A Flexible Office Space?

For private offices, coworking, meeting rooms, and virtual offices

How to select a flexible office space | CloudVO

In short, CloudVO has sorted the wheat from the weeds and carefully vetted the close to 1,000 locations in our network. That’s a good start. But there are simple things you still need to do.  

There are approximately 35,000 flexible office and coworking spaces around the world and over 10,000 in the US and Canada alone. The operators come in different shapes, designs, concepts, and operational strengths, with some being mostly focused on small private offices, others with a large inventory of team rooms, and some with more of an open coworking bend. 

A majority of booking nowadays takes place online without even touring the space. How do you know what to expect? How do you differentiate between well-managed operators and those you may want to stay away from? How do you know the Quality of Service you can expect?

CloudVO has done some of the filtering for you:

  1. By only selecting partners in the network that satisfy the highest criteria of amenities and customer satisfaction – poor performers are not invited or are requested to leave.
  1. By requiring our partners to maintain amenities that guarantees a professional experience, including plenty of bandwidth, wifi, furnished rooms, on-site staff, fully equipped meeting rooms, and more. 
  1. By being transparent on who our local partners are. Beware of networks that hide the name or brand of their local partners! Can you imagine booking a room on or Expedia and not knowing if you are booking a Hyatt or a Motel 6?
  1. By inviting our partners to display their Health & Safety protocol on our website because we believe safety is important today and will remain important in the post-COVID-19 era. We display a safety shield for locations that have uploaded their safety protocol which you can review with ease.
  1. By being transparent on pricing and terms. The prices are the same if you booked directly with our partners, but in addition, we provide a layer of control of quality standards and monitoring of customer’s experience that benefits our clients and some centralized services, like phone answering, that are extremely efficient. We value full transparency. A prominent live phone answering competitor was recently brought to court for opaque pricing and abuses. Most virtual receptionist services charge by the minute spent by their phone attendant. How do you know? How can you monitor that? See our straightforward pricing approach for phone answering and how it compares to that one competitor who ran into these legal issues. 
  1. By making customer reviews visible and comparing them with our 2 largest competitors, as shown in the graphs below.

Now you may have noticed that the two largest companies in the flexible space industry, Regus and Wework, are not part of the CloudVO network. Well, by looking at their customer reviews and how their customer ratings compare with CloudVO partners, you’ll start to understand why! Our standards are high!

CloudVO Partners Customer Ratings Compared to Regus & WeWork

We started this process with 7 regions, but plan to publish regional reviews for our 15 biggest markets in early 2021.

CloudVO Yelp Customer Ratings
CloudVO Google Customer Ratings
The data was collected in Q3 2020 and will be updated and published with more regions in Q1 2021. The customer rating is an average of all CloudVO individual location ratings in each region, as published by Yelp & Google, and of the customer ratings at Regus and WeWork locations in the same region. A region was defined by a 50-mile radius to the center of each city per Google maps.
CloudVO Google and Yelp Comparisons of Regus and WeWork
CloudVO Regus WeWork Number of Locations Comparisons

CloudVO has done some of the vetting on your behalf already, but you still need to figure out what location works best for your needs. We recommend going one layer deeper by checking Google and Yelp customer ratings and reviews for the location selected. It’s easy to do and becomes meaningful when the location has at least 10 customer reviews. With fewer reviews, one outlier may give the wrong impression. Here is an example of Pacific Workplaces, a partner and sister company of CloudVO with 17 locations in Northern California, displaying those reviews for each of its locations in full transparency. In the future, we plan to encourage all our partners to do something similar.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide.

Lake Tahoe Coworking: Meet the Founders of Cowork Tahoe

Cowork Tahoe Coworking Space CloudVO Partner

Written by Justine Dhollande

What does it takes to start a coworking space in a destination location? Meet Jamie and David Orr, and their partners Cristi and Bernard Creegan, founders of Cowork Tahoe. This will be the sixth year that Cowork Tahoe has been open in South Lake Tahoe, CA giving remote workers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to live amongst the mountain scenery and contribute to the local community.

Why did you choose South Lake Tahoe to start your new coworking business?

A long time ago, we (David & Jamie) asked ourselves what our ideal place to live would be.  We were living in Mountain View, CA at the time. We were constantly fighting traffic too and from work. We both have a passion for outdoor recreation, but it was so difficult to get to a point where we could enjoy the outdoors on a regular basis. After the economic collapse in 2008, we bought a second home and started spending more time in South Lake Tahoe. That led to falling in love with the area, so in the Fall of 2013, we decided to move here full time.

Upon our arrival, we began networking and talking to people from the community about things they thought were missing in the area. Coworking and business incubation was a topic that continually came up when speaking with the Tahoe Chamber, the City Manager, and other local leaders in the business community. It became clear there was a need, and having worked from a coworking space previously, we were very excited about the opportunity of running a large coworking space in South Lake Tahoe.  Bernard & Cristi Creegan believed in that vision as well and partnered with us to purchase and completely renovate one of the most iconic buildings in town, the home of the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

What was the biggest challenge you ran into during your first year of opening Cowork Tahoe? 

Awareness is the biggest challenge that faces any new business. If your customers don’t know about you, or can’t find you when they search for your services, you’re not getting their business. This can be solved with a great marketing plan. The challenge with coworking is nobody wants to work in an empty space. People’s number one reason for joining a coworking space is the community. Obviously a new space is missing this critical component.

Several years ago, coworking was even less common than it is today. Very few people knew what it was, so an additional challenge was educating the community on coworking in general, including its benefits to both those that are members of a space as well as benefits to the community as a whole.

To overcome this, we made sure that we were everywhere – Chamber of Commerce meetings, young professional networking events, service club meetings, as well as hosting events in our space to get people through our doors.

What is the current trend with coworking in mountain resort towns in your opinion?

Coworking in smaller communities, including mountain towns, is quickly growing as more people are able to take advantage of remote work options.

Cowork Tahoe Dog Friendly Coworking Space | CloudVO
Photo credit: Cowork Tahoe

In Tahoe, for example, we are seeing an influx of new residents that are leaving major metro areas like San Francisco/Silicon Valley to enjoy a better quality of life in the mountains for themselves and their families. Rather than view Tahoe as just a vacation destination, they’re taking advantage of their ability to work remote in order to live here full-time. It’s a way to trade in hours of commute traffic for hours spent enjoying the outdoors even during the middle of the work week!

Coworking in Resort Towns Lake Tahoe, Nevada | CloudVO

Mountain communities are typically tight-knit, and coworking spaces fit in very well with that mindset. They are the modern day community center and can be more than just where people work. A coworking space in a small town is often the first place someone new to town meets other people, so a vibrant space can contribute to them getting settled and integrated into the community.

Additionally, coworking spaces in mountain towns can help to diversify the economy in an otherwise tourist-dependent community. Tourist communities suffer from the volatility of weather, but having a population of workers that can work remotely means more stability for the town overall. It builds resilience year-round.

How is COVID-19 affecting your coworking space?

Like so many other coworking space providers, Cowork Tahoe has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. We were able to maintain access to the building for our member companies that were providing essential services, such as Eagle Protect, who worked diligently to provide PPE to where it was most needed. However, we were largely shut down beyond that for several months. Our reopening plan included many modifications to the space and our operations to mitigate the risk of transmission of the virus. We drastically reduced open desk space density and relocated many desks to auxiliary spaces. Face coverings are required in all common ares and in any meeting rooms during client meetings if a minimum of 6-feet of space cannot be maintained.

Cowork Tahoe Coworking Space Health and Safety | CloudVO

We have also taken actions such as spreading out kitchen amenities to eliminate crowding at the coffee pot, placed additional seating outdoors, implemented time gaps between meetings to allow for cleaning and air circulation, and have cleaning products and sanitizer available throughout the building for members to use. We have been communicating all of these changes to our community through member announcements, emails, and social media, as well as to potential members with a modified approach to tours that includes a walk through of our new health and safety protocols. We remain committed to providing a wonderful work environment for our community, even if that looks a little different right now.

Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols at Cowork Tahoe | CloudVO

From facing the challenges of opening a new business in Lake Tahoe, to managing COVID-19, these owners know how to roll with the punches and adapt for success. Next time you are in Lake Tahoe, stop by Cowork Tahoe to network and connect…but don’t forget your mask!

Looking for a destination coworking space? Visit  to book a meeting room, day office, or coworking pass at nearly 1,000 partner locations within our global network.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Co-Wagging: A Dog’s Life at a Coworking Space

Dog Friendly Coworking Spaces Lake Tahoe, NV | CloudVO

Co-authored by Justine Dhollande and Skylar the Border Collie

Disclaimer: The images in this post are ridiculously adorable. Prepare for Cute Overload.

It’s Monday morning, 7:00 a.m. hits and a loud noise starts sounding from a device next to the bed. Whenever I hear this sound, I know my human is going to ‘work.’ Some dogs may be sad about this because they get left behind all day.  I used to be that dog. I would watch my human run around the house in a frenzy, feed me quickly, let me out to potty for a brief moment, then watch her bolt out the door. No cuddles, no play time, just food, potty and goodbye. I hated those days

But then, something amazing happened. One day, she came home extremely happy, and when my human is happy, so am I. She said she got a new job. Of course, this meant nothing to me at the time, except that we got to jump around and wiggle with joy. I didn’t realize my life would change forever. 

Another Monday comes around, and something changed in her morning routine. There was no running around in a hurry. She suddenly had time for cuddles, kisses and fetch. She mentioned that with this new job, she has ‘flexibility.’ I’m not sure what this is, but if any humans out there haven’t tried this concept yet, I highly recommend it. 

She proceeded to gather my toys, blanket, treats and leash, along with her work bag. “Come on Skylar, we are going to work!” she says. I don’t really understand yet, but I don’t care. All I know is that I get to go in the car! And then we were off, and quickly arrived at the coworking place that I’ve been hearing so much about: Cowork Tahoe.

We walked inside, and I finally understood why my human was so happy. She worked in a human/dog heaven! I’m talking free treats, toys, and friends for both of us. We go to the kitchen, and she grabs something to eat, and then hands me a doggie treat from a jar on the counter. We go to her desk and she works enthusiastically while I work ruthlessly on getting the squeaker out of a new toy I found. We go to the couches for a break, and she meets a human friend who has a doggie friend for me to play tug of war with.  It was the best day ever!

Fast forward a few weeks, and life at work just keeps getting better. I now know all the dogs that come to work regularly (shout out to my paw pals Cassie, Noka and Cherokee), as well as my friends in the kitchen, who can’t resist giving me treats.

Dog Friendly Coworking Spaces Lake Tahoe, Nevada | CloudVO
Dog Friendly Coworking Spaces Cowork Tahoe | CloudVO

But even better than friends and treats is that my human has never been happier! Sometimes she takes me out to run before going to work.  Other times, we go to the park in the middle of the day for some sunshine and frisbee. Most days she even has extra energy after work for hikes, bike rides and evening yoga to unwind. 

Dog Friendly Coworking Spaces and Yoga | CloudVO

We have been working at this coworking space for over two years now, and there still is never a dull moment. It’s been really fun socializing and meeting all these new humans and dogs from different backgrounds. My human seems to be learning a lot, outside of her desk bubble. She really enjoys talking to all the other humans that work in the same building, who have all sorts of different jobs, while I enjoy wagging my tail with dogs who come from all over. Our work-play balance couldn’t be better, and I have our coworking sanctuary to thank.

Unfortunately, since this terrible thing called COVID-19 hit, we have not been back to our work sanctuary in forever it seems. I hear that most dogs are happiest when their owners are home all the time. Well, perhaps I would feel the same way if this virus came before my owner started taking me to work. But since I was welcome at the office anyways, I miss all my friends now! I get it, I get it…it is safer to be home, so I will obey because I am a good girl. I even make sure to wear my mask when I’m out to protect others. So while I practice “physical distancing” with my humans, I will patiently sit and wait until I get to cowork again.

Dog Friendly Coworking Spaces during Covid-19 | CloudVO

Check out  to book a day pass at a dog-friendly flexible office space today.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Coworking in Resort Towns: Distracting or Productive?

Coworking in Resort Towns | CloudVO

Written by Justine Dhollande

It’s 2020, and the notion of coworking is not only a known and accepted concept, but also a desired space to work at and be part of, provided the space respects proper social distancing and Health & Safety protocols in this COVID-19 era. The idea of working with other professionals in different industries, gives individuals the opportunity to collaborate with people of a variety of backgrounds, talents, and knowledge. This presents an opportunity to learn from others outside of your workplace bubble. But what if your workplace is located in a resort town, such as Lake Tahoe, NV?

Do the distractions of the glorious outdoors, outweigh the ability to be effective in your work?

I asked a couple members of the local coworking space here in South Lake Tahoe, Cowork Tahoe, what they thought about balancing work vs. play in a year-round playground. 

“Cowork Tahoe has been essential to my success as a remote employee and as a member of the South Lake Tahoe community,” says Jenna. She is a product manager at Adobe, who spends 2-3 days a week at Cowork Tahoe. This allows her to get out of the house, socialize, and spend concentrated hours working on projects. “Before I began coworking,” she explains, “I found myself isolated, spending time outside on my bike or snowboard and then in my home office accompanied by my dog, slack, and whomever I may be video conferencing with. There were two things that were big challenges in this method of work: I was easily distracted around the house when I needed to do deep-focus work, and I was not getting enough social interaction.”

For Jenna, distractions came easy in her home, but when asked if she found distractions in a coworking place, she replied: “Cowork gives me the best of both worlds, but it is still up to me to be productive.” Jenna has found a good work and social balance, where she can position herself in the common area and join conversations, or take video conferences in meeting rooms for a higher level of professionalism.

Distractions are a real possibility when working in a resort town

Another Cowork Tahoe member, Stephanie, describes her experience working in a resort town. “Living in a resort town has kept me happy as an employee and prevented burnout that’s so common in the busy city,” she says. “It’s a place where I can focus and get work done, but also network with peers in the open office setting.” Similar to Jenna, Stephanie found that working solely from home became monotonous and reclusive. “You forget how to talk to people sometimes,” she points out. 

“It requires a firm amount of discipline and finding ways to stay motivated that work for you,” says Stephanie. The flexibility, however, makes her schedule manageable, being a Machine Learning Engineer at General Dynamics. “Because I write software, my mind is usually thinking hard almost 100% of the time.” She explains that by working at Cowork Tahoe, she can work in 2-3 hour sessions and incorporate mental breaks, such as laundry, walking her dog, or even skiing in between these work sessions. “Last winter, I went skiing in the mornings for two hours twice a week and did my work in the afternoons/evenings. The possibilities for play are endless in the summer. I would start work at the crack of dawn and end early to take advantage of the extra afternoon sunlight,” showing the benefit of flexible working in a year round recreation town.  

Coworking in Resort Towns Lake Tahoe, Nevada | CloudVO

The perfect work-play balance

My take you ask? I totally recommend it. Being able to work in a beautiful place in the world, and ski for an hour or two prior to work, or cruise a sunset mountain bike session after 5pm in the summer, gives me the perfect work vs. play balance. I may make up for it by managing emails late into the night, but it’s all worth it. The draw is not only the convenience and accessibility of the outdoors, but also the fact that I am lucky enough to breathe fresh air daily, and take a break to watch the snow fall outside my window, or the sun shine through the massive pine trees surrounding me. All of this combined makes me happier, healthier, and overall more productive and willing to produce my best efforts at work. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Visit  to book a meeting room, day office, or coworking pass at close to 1,000 partner locations around the world.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Maintaining Community While Members are Virtual: Insights from 4 Coworking Operators

Now that your members are working from home, scaling back their time in the space, or working apart from one another, how do you maintain community?

We asked four workspace operators to share a glimpse into their experience, how they’re creating virtual offerings, and what advice they’d give to other coworking owners and managers.

Susan Dorsch is co-founder of Office Nomads in Seattle, WA. Office Nomads has 103 members, zero private offices, and 10-15 events per month. Jamie Orr is co-founder of Cowork Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, CA. and co-founder of Jellyswitch. Cowork Tahoe has 150 members, 32 offices and 8-12 events per month. Felicity Maxwell is co-founder and COO of Fibercove in Austin, TX. Fibercove has 100 members, 4 offices and 5-10 events per month.  Maya Delano is the community manager at Nextspace Coworking Santa Cruz who runs the space with community coordinator Jennifer Hamilton.  NextSpace Santa Cruz has 241 members, 26 offices, and hosts about 14 internal/public events per month. Here’s what they had to say:

[?] Cat Johnson: How are things in your space and community? What precautions have you taken around COVID-19?

Susan Dorsch: Things in Seattle are definitely tense as our region is one of the centers of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In the space and within our community, I’d say the general feeling is subdued. It’s hard in Seattle right now. But there’s also a solid undercurrent of humor and good-naturedness that is so reassuring. This outbreak and the onslaught of news about it has been hard on everyone, but I hear lots of words of encouragement between our members. While it’s a crappy thing to connect over, our members are connecting well and finding ways to at least cheer each other along in the struggle.

The precautions Office Nomads has taken thus far are:

  • Daily sanitizing of most surfaces in the space (countertops, door handles, coffee pots, our iPad for check-in, etc.)
  • Temporarily switching over to disposable towels in the bathrooms and kitchens (normally we use regular towels because we love the environment).
  • Having hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies out at the ready for members to use.
  • Temporarily putting a pause on our food-related gatherings in the space (though we joked around about having a snack be individually wrapped cheese sticks placed at 6-foot intervals around the table.)
  • Maintaining a strong channel of communication with our members so they know all the things.

Jamie Orr: This week, we really saw things start to change in response to COVID-19. It’s quiet here. We still have people coming in, but the energy is completely different. On Monday, we established our response protocol as a team:

  • Suspended all drop-in day passes
  • Canceled and suspended any meeting room bookings from outside groups, and any events in the space
  • Placed signs everywhere reminding people of good hygiene protocols. Most of those signs are fun and encourage singing while hand washing
  • Increased our cleaning, disinfecting primary shared surfaces like handles, buttons, etc. multiple times throughout the day
  • Sent and posted notices about CDC guidelines, our procedures, etc. to all members

Felicity Maxwell: Cleaning stations, extra hand soap, spot cleaning of common surfaces. 

NextSpace SC: Things are getting weird, not going to lie! Initially, we started disinfecting every AM and put out hygiene signage with additional “sanitation stations” and even added floral arrangements to the stations to bring a little beauty (and engage members) to use the sanitizers. 

Wash Your Hands Signage NextSpace Coworking Santa Cruz

But now we have closed the space to abide by our county’s shelter in place order.

  • We are only open 2 hours each day for the purpose of managing mail to keep our members’ businesses running smooth
  • Members have started an online “Coffee Time” to hang out virtually each morning. It’s so cute!
  • We plan to have a virtual happy hour

In what ways has COVID-19 affected the day-to-day in your space?

SD: Things are definitely more quiet in the space, and the majority of our conversations are outbreak-related. So that’s different for sure. Literally someone just said, “Nice to social distance with y’all!” as they left the lunch table.

JO: Everyone is on edge, especially as this past week has progressed. The typical water cooler talk is all about the pandemic, what is going to happen, what people are doing to prepare. Many members are preparing by taking home monitors in anticipation of school closures.

At the same time, everyone is being incredibly supportive of one another and trying to stay in good spirits. The community is strong. Our team has been working really hard on overcommunicating with members: asking how they are doing, what they need, talking with them about what we are doing, what our thought process is, how we intend on supporting everyone. That has gone really far.

FM: Totally Normal / Totally Not! We have plenty of community members that are attempting to work as usual, but also have a number who have been impacted.  Specifically:

  • SXSW cancelled: One of the startups here has their entire remote team flying in, they were scheduled to be featured at SXSW Innovation Showcase. All of that was cancelled. No team meeting, no SXSW parties, no chance to win or gain the exposure and connections offered by SXSW
  • Projects cancelled: Several members have already mentioned work projects being cancelled. One works with the airline industry and they had an entire RFP revoked. Likewise, another member who supports large tech conferences had six months worth of work put on hold. Their contacts are now asking them to create a system for virtual conferences, since it is unclear when these types of gatherings will be coming back.
  • Meetings cancelled or low attendance: We have had several bookings cancel due to attendee travel concerns about COVID. One client has zero attendees at a sales meeting that normally has 10-15. 
  • We’ve made the decision to go to a members only/limited staffing model for the next few weeks. That should allow our members who need space to use it, but encourage everyone else to stay home and safe.  

NextSpace SC: Our space started to fill with children and friends for a bit (we are thinking it had to do with school closures before the shelter-in-place order).  Although NextSpace is closed to the public, we still allow access to members that absolutely need the space to conduct business. 

  • We offer mailbox services and are staffed for two hours a day so members can access their mail via pick-up, but we have encouraged scanning or forwarding to their home address.
  • We have also directed members to ship packages (Amazon, UPS, etc.) to their home.
  • Staff are mostly working from home and trying to keep our community informed and find ways to keep everyone connected. We’re going as virtual as possible and testing the waters of online events and messaging platforms.

[?] Do you have ways for your community to connect virtually? If so, what is working well?

SD: We sure do! We have a member mailing list as well as an active Slack. Both of those channels are proving to be really valuable for our members to touch base with each other. We just launched our first-ever virtual membership (which is free in March) to encourage those who might be newly experiencing the challenges of remote work to have another touch point.  

Already there’s been an increase in the use of Slack. We’re planning virtual work sprints, have a “daily debate” channel, and are checking in on weekly goals. It’s lovely.

JO: Next week, we’ll be rolling out scheduled times to virtually cowork with each other. I’m looking at a few options: 

  1. Work sprints with video on
  2. Happy hour or “after kids are asleep” hour
  3. Water cooler check-ins in the morning and towards mid-afternoon when members would typically be taking coffee breaks

FM: We primarily use Slack for member communication and have seen an uptick in engagement. We’re planning to use Zoom for virtual coworking this week. 

NextSpace SC: We are lucky to have amazing members who started a Facebook group to host virtual morning coffee sessions each day. Our company will be using Zoom and Facebook Live to host virtual happy hours on Friday’s at 3:58pm and daily coworking sessions with our members. We’re also using our mailing list to communicate with members.  Our internal team will be logging in together each day to connect, support and share experiences and challenges.

Virtual Happy Hour NextSpace Coworking Santa Cruz

[?] How would you advise other space operators working to find ways to support, maintain and strengthen their community through the outbreak?

SD: Don’t be silent. Reach out, be proactive, and find ways that you can be helpful. It’s not as hard or scary as you might think.

JO: Now more than ever it’s imperative to model good communication, and over-communication. Even I have taken for granted the ease at which we connect with one another when in the same physical space. There is extra effort required to get used to doing that virtually. As coworking space operators, we can help our members do that by showing them how.

FM: Give your community ways to connect that are not related to physical space. Encourage everyone to stay connected via Zoom, Slack etc., and remind them that this is temporary.

NextSpace SC: There are so many resources! Check out Women Who Cowork who have dedicated an entire training session and created an online manual to support us during these crazy times. Joining virtual discussions such as Coworking Convos is also a great way to stay connected with other space operators that are in the same boat! 

Cat Johnson Coworking Convos Virtual Community

Lastly, even if your space is not closed yet, start putting strategies in place and communicate to members what your processes will be “in case of a closure.”  Get your mail, communications and resources in order. If you do this ahead of time, you will have more time to be present and available to your members when you do have to transition to virtual coworking. 

Cat Johnson is a writer and storyteller for the coworking movement. Cat is founder of Coworking Convos – a virtual monthly group discussion with other space operators on topics relevant to the coworking industry. Sign-up for the next free Coworking Convo and join the discussion!

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Jamie Russo’s 8 Step Framework to Starting a Profitable Coworking Space

Jamie Russo is one of the primary voices in the shared workspace industry. 

Founder of Enerspace Coworking, host of the Everything Coworking Podcast – which was one of our top coworking podcasts of 2020 – and executive director of the Global Workspace Association (GWA), Russo coaches coworking space owners and operators from across the workspace spectrum on creating profitable, sustainable workspaces.

In her new ebook, 8 Steps to Creating a Profitable Coworking Space, Russo lays out the process of researching, preparing, opening and running a shared workspace. Geared for new space operators, the framework can also be used by existing operators who are re-thinking their business model or looking for validation around their process.

Creating a Profitable Coworking Space ebook by Jamie Russo

“I have a specific message and goal,” she says. “I want people to start spaces that are sustainable and profitable. We’re in this middle ground where people are starting to understand that not every coworking space is profitable. You can spend a lot of time in Facebook groups and have no idea that there are some people who are struggling.”

Russo stresses that she wants people to go into the process of opening a space with their eyes wide open.

“Oftentimes, people who start coworking spaces are very purpose driven and passionate,” she says. “We get into it because we’ve had what I call the coworking moment, where we want to create the community and the experience. People get very focused on that outcome, but most people have never signed a commercial lease before and have no idea what the process looks like.”

On the Everything Coworking Podcast, Russo and her guests dive deep into specific topics she covers in her framework. Her goal with the ebook, however, was to take a step back and show people what the process of opening a space looks like and the things they need to be aware of going in. 

Everything Coworking Podcast Jamie Russo

“I try to be very clear that there are lots of different reasons for starting a coworking space,” she says. “I want them to have a framework so they can figure out where they sit. Do they need to make a profit? Where is the investment coming from? If it’s the money they use to pay their mortgage, we need to get really serious about it.”

Russo also clarifies for readers the differences between coworking, managed workspace and flexible space.

“I want to make sure people know where they’re sitting on the workspace spectrum,” she says. “For example, if the space isn’t managed and they just want to offer it on flexible terms to 100 people for three years, that’s very different from coworking, with the community and managed space aspect.” She adds, “The term ‘coworking’ still has such broad use in the marketplace that people may not know the nuances of it.”

For Russo, the ebook represents her approach to helping people open a workspace in a thoughtful, intentional manner to create the space that’s right for them.

“A small, not-for-profit space may be perfect for someone, but that’s got to be an intentional decision,” she says. “Providing this framework is an example of how I like to help people through this process.”

Download Russo’s 8 Step Framework to Starting a Profitable Coworking Space ebook at Amazon. 

Cat Johnson is a content strategist and coworking storyteller. Founder of Coworking Convos, she teaches workspace operators how to leverage the power of content and brand storytelling at

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

How Many Meeting Rooms Should You Have? A Meeting Room Guide for Flexible Office Space Operators

In this series, we will extract some of the data we published in our 2019 Meeting Room White Paper and dig deeper on our analysis.

Meeting Rooms are an indispensable amenity in any coworking space for three main reasons:

  1. Members need them for their own meeting requirements, both planned and sometimes impromptu
  2. Meeting rooms are an important revenue center, and a very profitable one at that
  3. Hosting meetings in your coworking space draws very desirable traffic that may convert into membership

What’s important to full-time members is that the meeting rooms are there and accessible when they need to host a meeting that cannot be accommodated in their office. Everyone likes “free,” but the availability of the rooms are more important than the price.

This is important to realize because the opportunity to monetize the meeting rooms outside of your membership is significant.

If you have a coworking space with 50 to 200 members, maintaining two meeting rooms and one day office is the bare minimum to provide the level of service that shared office space members expect. Many centers, particularly those with a healthy virtual office business, will have 5 and sometimes 10 or more meeting rooms and day offices.

The average number of meeting rooms in the U.S. is 3.5 per location, with 25% at 4 meeting rooms or more. As a reminder, these statistics come from analyzing the CloudVO inventory of 2,500 meeting rooms published on, out of 700 partners worldwide with two-thirds of them in the United States. In some cases, operators do not publish all their inventory for online bookings which may slightly under estimate the true inventory numbers.

Meeting Room Data for Coworking Spaces | Number of Meeting Rooms | CloudVO

Monetizing Meeting Rooms is Too Important to Ignore

Whereas some free access to meeting rooms for full-time members can be a good idea, the opportunity cost associated with “free” is very high and the ability to monetize the rooms to outside visitors is too important to ignore. A better idea is to make them available to the public at large, and market them via resellers such as CloudVO as well as via your own local marketing efforts.

Pacific Workplaces estimates that the revenue generated by its meeting rooms (over 100 rooms in 20 locations) is 125% to 300% what it could generate by converting the rooms as full-time offices instead. The larger the room, the bigger the opportunity cost. Hence, it pays to have an aggressive meeting room profit center strategy as many CloudVO partners have found.

Over the last 10 years, we have seen a drastic reduction in ‘free’ meeting room hours provided to full-time members by operators, and a significant increase in meeting rooms available online via resellers such as CloudVO, Liquidspace, or DaVinci.

Use your Vacant Offices as Temporary Day Offices

Unlike WeWork, Regus has a healthy Virtual Office and Meeting Room business. We undertook a comprehensive comparison of their meeting room inventory, available for online bookings, with that of independent operators. It is interesting to see that Regus tends to maintain fewer larger- sized meeting rooms than independent operators, but many more rooms classified as “day offices.” This is because Regus will systematically list vacant offices as “day offices” and make them available to Virtual Office clients and “off-the-street” bookings.

They can also work as overflow for full-time members when the dedicated meeting rooms are full. We think this approach is a best practice that independent operators should emulate. Many IT platforms such as Yardi KUBE, Essensys, or DeskWorks will support the automatic listing of a vacant office as a free office, adding to your inventory of rooms that can be monetized as a meeting room until it’s leased again to a full-time client. The CloudVO platform integrates with many of the prevalent IT coworking platforms, which will enable us to market the available slots in your meeting room calendar and give end-users a seamless experience.

Meeting Room Data USA Coworking Spaces Average Rooms per Location | CloudVO

If you need assistance on how to monetize your vacant offices as day offices until they are leased to a full-time member again, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Top Coworking Podcasts for 2020: a Roundup for Workspace Insiders

As of this month, there are a reported 800,000 podcasts and 30 million podcast episodes out in the wild.

That’s a lot of talking. 

And listening.

Coworking with Iris Podcast | Maya Delano of NextSpace Coworking Santa Cruz

Podcasts are an increasingly popular way to consume information, be entertained, hear from industry insiders, and get a slice-of-life glimpse into the lives of people around the world.

Podcasts are immediate—as soon as the creator hits publish they show up in your podcast app; they’re intimate—they tend to create a one-on-one feel for listeners; and there’s a low barrier to entry to create them—anyone with a voice recording app can create one.

Coworking podcasts stretch back to the early days of the movement. Alex Hillman’s Coworking Weekly Show was one of the original ones. Now we have a growing handful of coworking podcasts covering launching a workspace, operations, community management, brand storytelling, workspace business basics and everything in-between.

Here are six of our favorite coworking podcasts for 2020. 

1. Everything Coworking Podcast

Everything Coworking is a must-listen-to for workspace operators. Hosted by Jamie Russo, founder of Enerpsace Coworking Palo Alto and executive director of the Global Workspace Association, the podcast is a goldmine of how-tos, pro tips and rock solid coworking business advice. With well over 100 episodes, Everything Coworking is one of the best coworking resources around.

Everything Coworking Podcast with Jamie Russo | CloudVO

2. GCUC Coworking Podcast

Since 2012, GCUC, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference, has been a cornerstone of the coworking movement and workspace industry. A gathering for workspace operators, industry service providers and the coworking curious, GCUC brings together some of the best and brightest in the industry. The GCUC Coworking Podcast is an extension of the vibrant GCUC community. Hosted by Tony Bacigalupo from New Work Cities, the podcast features industry insiders from around the world sharing tips, insights and perspective.

3. Coworking Out Loud

A podcast that I launched in 2017, the Coworking Out Loud Podcast is an extension of my work as a content strategist and storyteller for the coworking movement. The vision for this project is to tell the stories of the people inside the coworking community. Focused on our shared humanity and vision, the Coworking Out Loud Podcast invites guests to talk about the challenges and joys of their work in this movement, the workspace industry, and their lives.

Coworking Out Loud Podcast Cat Johnson | CloudVO

4. Coworking with Iris

Coworking with Iris is a podcast series focused on the “stories and insights of workspace creators, community catalysts, and coworking thought leaders.” Hosted by Women Who Cowork co-founder Iris Kavanagh, the podcast dates back to 2016 and includes conversations with the people shaping the coworking movement and their local coworking communities.

Coworking with Iris Podcast | CloudVO

5. Future of Work

A new coworking podcast by the team at, the Future of Work Podcast has already covered the future of the industry, space IoT and big data, workspace-as-a-service, content marketing and more. This project promises to become one of the go-to workspace industry resources and content platforms.

6. Coworking Conversations

Coworking Conversations is a podcast series featuring conversations with coworking business leaders around the world. The vision for the show is to “find out how they started, and how they’re growing their coworking businesses.” Hosted by Claire Carpenter and David Stroud, Coworking Conversations is an extension of the Coworking Accelerator Network, helping coworking leaders “build resilient, enterprising communities locally.”

What did we miss? Do you have a favorite coworking podcast to add to the list? Get in touch and tell us your favorites.

Cat Johnson is a coworking storyteller and blogs about coworking, the workspace industry, community and content marketing at

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

The Best Resources for Flexible Office Space Operators in 2019

Best Resources for Flexible Office Space Operators in 2019 | CloudVO

It’s hard to believe 2019 is coming to a wrap and we hope our CloudVO partners and friends have benefitted from the resources we’ve provided throughout the year. If you’ve missed anything, we’ve made it easy for you! Check out our top ten resources for Coworking Space Operators in 2019.

1) How To Build A Healthy Virtual Office Business

How To Build a Healthy Virtual Office Business Profitability Data | CloudVO

This downloadable Free Guide for coworking operators walks you step-by-step on what it takes to start and grow a successful Virtual Office business in your coworking space, sharing data and recommendations from a best-in-class operator.

2) 8 Steps to Create a Profitable Coworking Space – eBook on Amazon

8 Steps to Creating a Profitable Coworking Space | Jamie Russo Everything Coworking

Jamie Russo, the Executive Director of the Global Workplace Association and founder of Enerspace Coworking, has published an e-book available for free on Amazon to guide newcomers to the industry on how to set up a coworking space. A well done, comprehensive guide to help coworking entrepreneurs on their journey to success!

3) Big Dive on Coworking Financial Metrics

Coworking Space Financials Deep Dive | CloudVO

This downloadable presentation is a recent update to the material our CEO, Laurent Dhollande, used at a Global Workplace Association webinar in May, which was the most attended webinar in GWA recent history. This update includes the original presentation, but with more comprehensive metrics used by Pacific Workplaces and Nextspace coworking.

4) How to Prevent Burnout when planning Coworking Events

Coworking Events and Tips to prevent Burnout | CloudVO

In this article, Cat Johnson picks the brain of Maya Delano, NextSpace Santa Cruz Community Manager, who shares 9 tips on how to organize rich events in your coworking space without burnout.

5) 2019 Meeting Room White Paper

Meeting Room White Paper 2019 Hourly Prices Per Room Size All Operators in United States

This comprehensive survey captured and analyzed the pricing of Day Offices and Meeting Rooms across the US available for booking by coworking and flexible office space locations. It covers how independent operators compare with Regus, and reviews optimum pricing, utilization rates, and best-in-class performances.

6) Instagram Marketing: An Introduction for Coworking Spaces

Instagram Marketing for Coworking Space Operators | Cat Johnson Coworking Content Training

In this joint training hosted by Coworking Content founder Cat Johnson, CloudVO Director of Marketing, Karina Patel, shows space operators how to leverage Instagram to strengthen your brand, generate leads, and attract members. Best training class on Instagram for coworking and way worth the $59 price!

7) How to Reinvent Your Marketing Strategy

CloudVO Blog Reinvent Your Coworking Space Marketing Strategy

In this post, Cat Johnson speaks with David Middleton, Vice President at YourOffice, who looked for help when his brand needed a shift to their marketing approach. That led to these 9 tips to help rejuvinate and streamline your marketing strategy.

8) New Ways of Work for Attorneys with Legal Virtual Offices

Virtual Office Plans for Attorneys | Pacific Workplaces

This article by Pacific Workplaces, is an example of how space operators can market to a specific profession. The post focuses on attorneys, historically avid users of shared office space, but operators can use this as a guide to offer someting special to any industry they choose to target.

9) Instagram Stories: An Introduction for Coworking Space Operators

CloudVO Tips on Instagram Stories for Coworking Operators

Best practices on how to leverage Instagram Stories to effectively market your coworking space. Instagram Stories are unique since they have a 24-hour shelf-life and offer specific tools to encourage engagement. Operators learn how to effectively use Stories to promote events and in-the-moment content to showcase your unique community.

10) 6 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Update your Coworking Space Website

CloudVO Blog 6 signs you need to update your coworking website

Wondering if your coworking website needs a refresh? Read this article which offers 6 clues that it may be time for a makeover.

About CloudVO

CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.