Webinar Series: Preparing your Flexible Office Space for a New Normal

CloudVO is launching a three-part webinar series on May 14, 21, and 28 to help space operators with re-entry. Each webinar will highlight the new operating recipe needed for flexible office spaces to not just survive the current period, but come out of this crisis stronger. Watch the video from CloudVO CEO Laurent Dhollande who provides a sneak preview on the topics covered.

Webinar #3 of 3

Getting Ready for the New Corporate Demand” on May 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM PST featuring Mark Golan, who held multiple VP of Real Estate positions at some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley, including Cisco, Johnson Controls, and Google, and is a former Chairman of CoreNet Global, and a special appearance by Mark Zuckerberg via a video recording where he explains Facebook’s groundbreaking policy on Remote Work!

This 3rd webinar was originally exclusively for CloudVO Parnters, but since this content could impact the whole industry we decided to open the gates to prospective CloudVO partners too. Join us!

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Past Webinars

Webinar #1 – May 14, 2020 : Basic Ingredients Needed to Create a Resilient Virtual Office Business (completed). Topics discussed:

  1. The process of establishing a virtual mail business that has seen increased demand during COVID-19
  2. How to incorporate ingredients like live phone answering and meeting rooms to your VO offering
  3. How operators can step-up their VO game with high-margin add-on services

Webinar #2 – May 21, 2020: New Recipes in the New Normal (completed). Topics discussed:

  1. The four lines of business that should be present in all flexible office spaces
  2. New protocols in your workplace, including space design adjustments
  3. Landlord management
  4. Marketing strategies

About CloudVO

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

Virtual Offices & US Postal Service Rules (CMRA) and How to Vet New VO Clients

Virtual Offices US Postal Service Rules (CMRA) | CloudVO

As a flexible office space operator, In order to accept mail for your clients, operators are required to register with the USPS using a Commercial Mail Receiving Agent (CMRA) application, or a USPS Form 1583-A.  Generally, the operator or the location’s community manager will complete the application, which does require proof of identity.

CMRA rules were put in place by the USPS in the early 2000’s

They require a completed and notarized USPS form 1583 to be submitted for every business address user that does not have office use, or access to the space for 16 hours or more, per month.  Technically, only a portion of your business address clients or business and telephone answering clients are required to complete the form, however, many operators utilize the form for a larger portion of their virtual office (VO) clientele, often for the purposes of confirming the identity of clients that they may not have the opportunity to know as well as others.

The CMRA form can be a bit complicated for some folks, so it is a good idea for Operators to have a ‘Sample Form’ handy to offer to new Clients.  The form can be fully completed in one of two ways: 

1) The Client personally presents him/herself to the office with 2 proper forms of identification, as listed on the CMRA regulations, and have the Operator’s staff review and satisfy themselves of proper documentation, and then sign off as the Agent; or: 

2) The forms need to be completed and duly notarized.  


1583 CMRA Postal Form Sample | CloudVO

Best practices in our industry is to utilize the services of an online notary company such as www.Notarycam.com, and to cover the cost of the notary service as part of your set-up fees.  Online notary services are familiar with CMRA policies and identification requirements, and can handle both domestic and international clients.

While post office branch managers have differing knowledge and operational expectations of the CMRA requirements, operators should expect that they may be asked to file quarterly reports as to the names and status of their clients that are mandated to complete the forms.  You’ll want to confirm with your local Postal manager for expectation.  You may also be expected to list PMB numbers for these clients and identify said numbers to your local USPS branch.

1583 CMRA Postal Form Notarization | CloudVO | Notarycam

Operators should be aware of the specifics of CMRA requirements

For one thing, clients are not allowed to submit forwarding address forms when they are no longer members.  Think about it from the USPS perspective, if 100 clients are using your business address and then one moves to another location, this could wreak havoc on the processing of mail properly for your location, and can lead to mis-forwarding of other client’s mail.  You’ll want to make it very clear to new members that they will not be allowed to simply forward their mail upon their departure.  Per CMRA rules, operators are therefore required to forward mail – by repackaging and re-posting – to departed members for up to 6 months.  The USPS makes no rule for this to be achieved without compensation, so you’ll want to plan for transitional service fees to cover this time period.  Clients that do not pay will have their mail ‘Returned to Sender’.

Fraud Prevention

While the CMRA process may sound a bit daunting, those of us in the Flexible Office Space industry are appreciative of the USPS for creating ground rules for setting up virtual office clients.  It is incumbent upon all of us in this industry to utilize these guidelines, if for no other reason, than as a stop gap against fraudulent use of our addresses by unscrupulous individuals looking to hide behind false identities.  CloudVO appreciates this requirement and takes it VERY seriously. We’d rather lose a client that wishes not to engage in the process rather than risk some ‘bad apples’ in our client ranks.

Best of all, CloudVO takes care of the cumbersome part of the process; when presenting a VO client to our partners, the client has been fully vetted by CloudVO following the CMRA guidelines.

Other Resources

How to Establish a Virtual Mail business
How to Build a Healthy VO Business

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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.


Instagram Stories: A Guide for Coworking Operators

500 million people use Instagram Stories daily making it a powerful tool for businesses. For coworking space operators, it not only humanizes your brand, but is a great way to bring new audiences to your space and create authentic connections with your followers.

On February 19, 2020, Coworking Content founder Cat Johnson and CloudVO Marketing Director Karina Patel co-hosted an Introduction to Instagram Stories Training for Coworking Operators. The training answered the ABC’s and 123’s on how to start using Instagram Stories, along with how to leverage specific tools to create in-the-moment content about your space. Stories is all about off-the-cuff videos, images and fun polls to level-up your social media marketing game.

One huge takeaway from the training was to ensure coworking space operators new what to post on Instagram Stories versus content that’s better suited to your Instagram Feed. To help, we’ve put together a simple infographic to use as a resource which highlights the differences between the main feed and Stories.

IG Stories Resource | CloudVO

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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.

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 Allwork.space, 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  catjohnson.co

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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.

CloudVO ‘In it to Win It’ at The 2019 Office Evolution Franchisee Conference

This year’s Office Evolution Franchisee Work Empowered™ Conference was themed, In it to Win It!
Amanda Leffew, CloudVO’s Director of Operations and Tracy Wilson their COO, were delighted to participate in this week’s two-day extravaganza. Office Evolution’s ‘Base Camp’ is in Colorado, so we were fortunate to join the annual gathering of operators in the Rocky Mountain city of Denver.

CloudVO Sponsor Booth at Office Evolution Conference 2019

CloudVO was among a handful of industry sponsors at the event. Office Evolution, through its franchisee program, has grown to be the 5th largest shared office operator in the United States. They expect to continue double-digit annual center growth trajectory into the future. We appreciate their partnership and are happy to grow our relationship as they grow their vibrant business.

Tracy participated on a panel Leveraging the Power of Partners to discuss the importance of building and maintaining solid industry partnerships to increase the number of virtual office, meeting room and coworking clients and to help grow revenue.  She and Amanda also hosted roundtable discussions on CMRA Best Practices.

Tracy Wilson COO of CloudVO Panel Discussion Office Evolution Conference 2019
Tracy Wilson (furthest left), COO of CloudVO, on a panel discussion about leveraging partnerships within the Coworking & Flexible Office Industry

Office Evolution’s culture and values tie in perfectly with that of CloudVO’s. Theirs are: Respect, Win-Win, Ohana, and Authenticity. We couldn’t agree more. These are values that make for a solid business operation.  CloudVO is honored to be a part of Office Evoluiton’s extended Ohana.

Office Evolution Conference 2019 Denver Colorado Opening Session
CloudVO Panel Discussion Office Evolution Conference 2019

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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 750 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

3 Reasons to Use Videos to Streamline Coworking Member Onboarding

CloudVO Blog Videos for Coworking Space Member Onboarding

Joining a coworking space or shared office can be a game changer for independent professionals, freelancers, remote workers and teams.

The benefits of coworking are many, from increased productivity and connection, to in-house amenities, meeting rooms, media production facilities and event programming.

Joining a space and community, however, can be disorienting initially. New members have to round a learning curve that includes software, facilities, rules, norms and culture.

Helping people transition smoothly into workspace membership is an important part of being a community manager; but community managers are busy doing all the things that keep a space humming along, so tools that help them do their job more efficiently are always welcome.

Onboarding videos are an efficiency tool that help space operators as well as members who receive a lot of information at the same time during the onboarding process. Videos can cover topics such as how to connect to the printer, booking a meeting room, creating a member profile and using in-space tools, such as an electronic whiteboard.

Here are three reasons to use orientation videos to streamline your onboarding process.

1. Efficiency

It makes sense for a community manager to help a new member feel welcome, introduce them to other members, give them a tour of their new coworking space and help them ease into the community.

It does not make sense for a community manager to take every new member through a play-by-play of connecting to the printer, how to login to their member portal, or booking a meeting room. The time taken doing these repeating tasks is time taken away from engaging with the community. Automating this process with a video helps community managers do their job more efficiently.

CloudVO Blog Videos for Coworking Space Onboarding Member Portal
CloudVO partner and sister company Pacific Workplaces orientation video on how to navigate the member portal.

2. Value

A nice orientation video delivers immediate value to members and gives a good first impression of the space and brand. 

Short videos give members the information they need to complete the onboarding process visually, as opposed to reading lengthy emails or documents with instructions. They also demonstrate the space operators’ commitment to making membership easy and convenient.

CloudVO Blog Videos for Coworking Space Onboarding How to Book A Meeting Room
2-minute video on how to book a meeting room.

3. Showcase your space and community

Settling into a new space takes time. However, you can help new members fast-track their understanding of the norms, culture and values of your coworking community with videos.

Consider creating a library of videos that answer commonly-asked questions about everything from connecting to wifi and using meeting room screens, to making coffee and hosting a lunch and learn. 


CloudVO Blog Videos for Coworking Space Onboarding Member Portal for Pacific Workplaces
Pacific Workplaces new member onboarding orientation video library.

These help showcase your community and your workspace values. The videos can be fun and engaging, while highlighting features of your space for new members from day one.

Videos that help members onboard easily and efficiently can only help to strengthen engagement and retention.


CloudVO Blog Videos for Coworking Space Onboarding Pacific Workplaces Values and Culture Video


Cat Johnson is a writer, content strategist, teacher and coworking space member. She blogs about coworking at catjohnson.co.

Partner with us and get free resources specifically for workspace operators. Listing is free. Go to   www.CloudVO.com   to learn how to join our global network of 750 workspace operators.


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 grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 750 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

A Survival Guide for Coworking Conferences: A Workspace Operator’s Playbook

Over the last five years, I’ve been to eight coworking conferences and dozens of coworking-related events, meetups and retreats. I’ve covered these events for various publications, I’ve given presentations, moderated panels, participated in unconference sessions, created content for the events, set up tables and even re-potted centerpiece plants for one.

Coworking conferences provide resources for operators and valuable insight into the workspace industry. They also serve to strengthen and grow the community of coworking space operators, which is remarkably close-knit. Flexspace operators, workspace owners and community managers, industry service providers and coworking movement pioneers all gather at these events to share ideas, resources and best practices.

Here are my best tips for surviving–and thriving–at a coworking conference.

Global Coworking Unconference Conference Opening Session

Before the Conference

Know who will be there

Take a look ahead of time at the people attending the conference. It’s challenging, in a sea full of people all wearing little badges, to know who is who. Take time to get a sense of who will be there and who you’d like to connect with. 

Make contact ahead of time

Reach out to people and let them know you’re interested in connecting. Give them some context about why you’re interested in talking with them.

Schedule must-have meetings in advance

Don’t wait until the conference to try to schedule time with someone. Set up a coffee, breakfast or meeting in advance of the conference.

Set your intentions

What will make the conference a great success for you? What would you like to learn? Who would you like to connect with? What would you like to leave with? Get clear about your intentions in advance.

Bring business cards

I find that the only time people ask for my business card is when I don’t have them. Be sure to bring some cards along so you’re prepared when the moment comes.

Get social in advance

Before the event, get active on social media using the event hashtags. Mention that you’ll be attending, connect with other attendees, and start conversations around hot topics. This will help you make connections and generate interest in the event.

During the Conference

Be human

No one wants to be spammed at a conference. Show up as you, be real, focus on making genuine connections.

GCUC2016_JamieRussoBeckyandLD_2

Ride the social momentum

Once the event has started, take advantage of the social media momentum. People will be using the event hashtag to share quotes, thoughts, feedback and photos. Join the conversations. Twitter and Instagram are particularly good platforms for conferences.

Participate

Don’t be a conference wallflower. Get in there and participate. Introduce yourself to people, share generously of your experience and ideas, and take part in as much of the event as you can.

CloudVO Blog Platforms and Tools Global Workspace Association Conference

Ask questions

Now is not the time to sit back and pretend you know everything. Now is the time to ask questions, keep an open mind and learn. Everyone there has something to teach you, even if they’re a brand new space operator. Plan to leave the conference knowing more than you did when you arrived.

Take notes

You think you’ll remember everything you’re hearing and experiencing, but you won’t. Take notes throughout the conference. When you get home, you’ll be glad to have a record of highpoints, things to research, and people to connect with. Most venues have wifi access, but don’t count on it. Have an offline option on your laptop, or keep it simple and just take a notebook.

Talk to vendors

Now is the time to learn about all the products and services available to level-up your coworking space and operations. Get to know the vendors, ask them questions about what they offer, and don’t worry about being sold at. I know many of the coworking conference vendors and most of them are in this business because they truly believe in coworking and they want you to succeed.

CloudVO Booth at Global Coworking Unconference Conference Denver

Don’t try to do everything

If you race around trying to do everything, you’ll likely miss the most valuable things. Go to the panels and presentations that most resonate with you. You can’t take it all in, so don’t try. If you’re in the middle of an engaging, important conversation, then by all means, continue it. Don’t rush off to the next thing if you’re making a great connection.

Be present

Conferences can be exhausting. Do your best to be present in whatever you’re doing, whether that’s listening to a presentation, having lunch with colleagues, or making new connections at a happy hour.

Charge up

Access to power is almost always an issue at conferences. Charge up your devices, use power when you have access to it—even if you’re not particularly low at the time. If you tend to use your gadgets a lot at events, bring a portable charger.

Take care of yourself

At some point during every conference, I burn out. It’s hard to be mentally, physically and emotionally present for days on-end. When this happens, I usually go outside and walk around for a bit. Be sure to take care of yourself during the conference. Don’t worry about missing out on a panel, or skipping a group lunch. Take time to refresh and decompress. Doing so will improve your whole conference experience.

Connect with industry leaders

Conferences are one of the best ways to connect with industry leaders. Workspace pioneers, visionaries and game-changers are all there to connect, learn and share. Take advantage of the easy access you’ll have to speakers, sponsors, industry insiders and your workspace colleagues.

Global Coworking Unconference Conference Panel Discussion New York 2018

After the Conference

Get organized

After the conference, take time to organize your contacts and todos. Who do you need to reach out to? What do you need to research? Which items do you need to take action on? 

Be speedy

Follow-up with people within a few days. This keeps the conversation fresh and, let’s face it, if you don’t connect within a few days, you’re probably not going to reach out at all.

Implement what you’ve learned

Hopefully you’re now full of ideas and insights. How will you implement and incorporate them into what you’re doing? Create clear strategies to put your conference experience into action.

Share your experience

What were your big takeaways from the conference? What was your experience? What went well? What would you like to see in the future? Share your thoughts and ideas in a blog post, on social media, or in online groups. It’s always interesting to hear other people’s takeaways and your insights help conference producers make improvements for the next one.

Cat Johnson is a writer, teacher and content strategist. She blogs about coworking at catjohnson.co.

CloudVO is looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 Global Workspace Association Conference on September 18th in Washington, D.C. Let us know of any conference tips you would like to share!


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 grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.


8 Ways Coworking Communities Can Make Positive Local Impact

Coworking spaces are nicely positioned to make a positive impact on members. From helping people level up their business to creating communities of mutual support and friendship, coworking can be a game-changer.

Spaces and communities can also make an impact on their broader local community. From supporting local organizations to partnering with neighborhood businesses, here are eight ways your coworking community can make a positive local impact.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Carebags for the homeless 2019

1. Support Neighborhood Businesses

Get to know your neighbors and find ways to support them.

“Relationships are everything,” says NextSpace San Jose Community Manager Julie Kodama. “It’s so important to be engaged with the community. Whether that’s checking out the new cookie shop or doing group lunches at local restaurants. There’s a reason when the mayor came to speak here all the food was donated from local eateries.”

Kodama explains that when daypassers come into NextSpace, she can recommend places to eat and they’re all places she and the community have been. Kodama then turns to neighboring businesses when she throws an event, needs catering, coffee or anything else in her space.

“If they’re good, and you continue to patronize them, you will build up a relationship.”

2. Be a Connector

The best community managers are excellent connectors. They know which members they should introduce, who is looking for help and who is expanding or seeking new opportunities. They also know of interesting events, opportunities and more.

Extend the natural connecting you do as community managers into your larger community. Look for ways to connect people, organizations, schools, businesses and community leaders.

3. Support Local Organizations

One great way to make a positive impact locally is to support organizations that are already making a positive impact. You can do this by inviting them to come tell your community about their work, hosting an event in your space, offering free or reduced memberships, giving them discounted meeting room space, and mentioning them on social media or in your newsletter.

Tip: All Good Work connects nonprofit social impact organizations with donated workspace. The organization is currently in New York City and Silicon Valley.

Urban community farm, Veggielution, finds donated workspace at NextSpace San Jose
Through the All Good Work Foundation, urban community farm, Veggielution, finds donated workspace at NextSpace San Jose.

4. Participate in Food and Clothing Drives

During the holiday season, local food banks, shelters and other organizations do food drives, clothing drives, toy drives etc. These drives are easy ways to give back as a community and make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Look for ways throughout the year to participate in drives. For instance, does your community host book drives, or back-to-school drives, or drives to send local high schoolers to prom? Do a little research to find out. You may be able, as a community, to do some off-season good work.

5. Get Involved with Mentor Programs

Presumably your coworking space is full of programmers, writers, designers, photographers, financial planners, developers, artists, attorneys, etc. Can you help pair these folks up with local young people looking for mentorship opportunities?

Find existing mentor organizations to partner with to bring a mentoring program into your space. If necessary or preferable, start one of your own.

6. Create Local Partnerships

Beyond simply supporting neighborhood businesses, find ways to partner with these businesses. Doing so has the potential to help both of you.

When the NextSpace San Jose kitchen was out of commission, a local coffee shop sold them big pourers of coffee at a huge discount because we had a good relationship with them.

“When someone wants to grab a fancy coffee,” says Kodama, “of course I send them there.”

7. Support Local Initiatives

NextSpace San Jose fills Care Bags for local homeless. The bags are filled with everyday essentials, such as socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, snack bars and hygiene items. What local initiatives could your members easily participate in? Ask around and get creative.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Care bags for the homeless member event

8. Provide a Platform for Community Discussions

Coworking spaces are home to a variety of professions, opinions, cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. Your space can be a place to further community discussions and dialogue in a supportive, respectful environment.

For instance, the mayor of San Jose has visited NextSpace San Jose numerous times for events and conversations. The goal was to have conversations about issues that affect all local residents.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Event Mayor Sam Liccardo group discussion
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo in a group discussion at NextSpace Coworking San Jose.

Beyond being a place to support your members, your space can be a place to make a positive impact in your larger community. What do you do to make an impact? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you.


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 grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.


6 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Update Your Coworking Space Website

As the workspace industry continues its remarkable growth, potential members have an increasing number of spaces to choose from. So it’s essential that your website catch—and keep—the attention of people browsing for coworking space, meeting rooms, a virtual office, mail services, event space etc.

CloudVO Blog 6 signs you need to update your coworking website

If potential members encounter a website that is slow, sluggish, non-intuitive, confusing to navigate or lacking essential functionality, they will leave and move on to another one.

It’s easy to set-it-and-forget-it when it comes to your workspace website, but it’s important to revisit and update it regularly to turn casual web searchers into leads, customers and members. Here are six telltale signs that it’s time to update your workspace website.

1. Pages Load Slowly

You have a few seconds to catch peoples’ attention with your website. Searchers have lots of options and will take any excuse to click away from your site.

If your pages take more than three seconds to load then your website speed is an issue. As CloudVO Marketing Manager Kim Seipel explains, “Users expect fast loading times when it comes to websites. If your pages take too long to load, it creates a poor user experience and a bad first impression for your brand.”

Seipel adds, “Most users will simply give up, move on to the next site, and probably never come back.”

In July of 2018, Google’s algorithm changed so that slow-loading mobile sites would suffer the consequences. It was a call for action for quite some time before last year, however, Google officially decided to use loading speed as a metric for mobile search result rankings last summer.

2. Your Site Isn’t Mobile Friendly

It’s no longer acceptable to have a website that renders well on a desktop or laptop, but falls apart (or becomes a user nightmare) on mobile. Many people use mobile devices to research, shop and purchase workspace offerings, so your website has to serve them.

CloudVO Blog 6 signs you need to update your coworking website and make mobile friendly

Make sure your site is mobile responsive, meaning that it will detect the visitor’s screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly.

“A mobile responsive site will look just as good on a smartphone as it does on a desktop,” says Seipel. “People need to be able to use their fingers to scroll, move from page to page, and easily access buttons, links and calls-to-action from their mobile device. Google also now indexes the mobile version of any website and uses those metrics to rank your site, so it’s a must.”

Google suggests the following steps:

1. Visit Google’s guide to mobile-friendly sites. This page offers several ways to make your site more mobile-friendly, such as using software or a third-party developer.

2. Take Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test to see how optimized your website is for mobile viewing. You can test a single page on your site or several landing pages and see exactly how Googlebot views the pages when determining search results.

3. Use Webmaster Tools to generate a Mobile Usability Report, which helps identify any issues with your website when viewed on a mobile device.

3. Your Website Lacks Visual Appeal

Website first impressions should be high priority. Visitors to your website are making snap judgements about your space and brand from what they see on your site.

Photos and images of your space and community should be high-resolution and reflect your workspace brand. Include a variety of images and be sure to include people in them. Visitors to your website want to see the space in use to see if it’s the right place for them.

Use images to break up large amounts of website copy, and make sure your text is easy to read and your site navigation intuitive. Site visitors should easily be able to identify all the services you offer without too many clicks. For instance, if you offer coworking memberships, virtual office plans, meeting rooms, and private office space, have separate areas on your home page for each service, with buttons that allow the user to quickly access the information they’re looking for.

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4. Your Website is Not Optimized for SEO

If you’re not thinking about SEO in your website copy, start today. Google (and other search engines) can be powerful traffic drivers and vehicles to amplify your brand messaging.

SEO includes on-page target keyword usage and optimization, metadata, page names, URLs, content headlines, alt tags, internal and external links, H1-H6 tags, your calls to action, and a focused and distinct messages on each landing page.

This is all done in an effort to help search engines understand what your site is about and what services you offer so they can serve up the most relevant results to user queries. Create clear, focused, compelling, helpful content and website copy, and you’ll be well on your way to an optimized site.

SEO tools can be helpful in determining target keyword phrases and developing your SEO strategy. However, having a clear understanding of your target market and their challenges and goals is equally important. As CloudVO Marketing Director Karina Patel explains:

“There are many extensions you can integrate into your website that will audit the on-page SEO items before you publish the pages. For example, Yoast SEO is fantastic. It’s a WordPress plugin that makes it very easy to complete all of the on-page SEO components that Google loves. SEMrush is another great tool. With any tool or plugin, you take the recommendations with a grain of salt.”

5. No Clear Next Step for Site Visitors

Once someone is on your website looking at your offerings and services, it’s essential that you provide a way for them to take the next step. For instance, can site visitors book a tour of your space through your website? This call to action is a powerful, yet low-commitment, way to get people into your space.

“We highly recommend you offer this functionality,” says Seipel. “There are a ton of scheduling software platforms, such as Calendly, which let visitors schedule tours of your space without having to send an email or call. With Calendly, you can pre-set blocks of availability so when a user books a tour, they can easily see open time slots available and schedule straightaway.”


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Giving people an easy way to book tours saves time for space operators, improves the customer experience, and allows you to capture user information. As Seipel says, “Your website visitor just became a qualified lead since they booked a tour online.”

6. Your Website Lacks E-commerce Capabilities

If your current workspace website does not allow users to purchase coworking memberships, meeting room time or virtual office plans, then it’s time to upgrade. Online shopping is growing at a tremendous pace and people want instant gratification. If someone shopping for your services sees something they like or need, they want to be able to purchase it immediately. An effective website gives them an easy way to do so.

“If your website is effective at educating users on the different types of memberships you offer, they should be able to buy what they need and checkout,” says Seipel. E-commerce allows you to sell coworking memberships to a global audience 24x7x365.”

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Seipel adds that cross-selling or upselling is automated as you can provide suggestions or recommended add-ons for the buyer to consider once they are in the shopping cart.  You can also leverage your e-commerce to gather data on your overall sales effectiveness, which then can be used to personalize future promotions or other service offerings.”

A bonus to automating your e-commerce is that you save your community managers and other coworking staff members time.

“They can spend less time manually processing coworking or virtual office membership purchases,” says Seipel, “and focus on the important things like community building and member programming.”

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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 grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.


How Coworking Improves Human Performance

This article published on the Mind Rocket site and entitled “Technology Drives Community” was authored by our CEO, Laurent Dhollande. In it, Laurent observes that while remote working is providing desirable flexibility to professionals, it also too often leads to unwelcomed isolation, intrusion into our private lives, and ultimately the potential for loss of productivity, but coworking can offer a solution.

Laurent postulates that this isolation and lack of motivation often experienced by remote workers are the flip side of the new empowerment and flexibility brought to us by the technological developments of the last two decades. That’s why, he writes, teleworking has actually not taken off as much as anticipated, in spite of many corporate programs that support remote work. He explains why joining a coworking community helps transcend these performance-hindering side effects.

Coworking provides more opportunity for members to learn and grow professionally, by interacting with people who are not fashioned by the same corporate mold, sometime serendipitously and other times via organized events. In the end, he explained that the social fabric of a coworking place can greatly help improve the individual member overall work experience. Coworking communities, no-doubt, bring much needed counter-balance to the downfalls of isolation inherent in remote work.

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What’s interesting here is that a high level, someone secretive, consulting firm like Mind Rocket, who among other things advise foreign governments on how to leverage technology to improve Human Performance, sought out the opinion of our CEO, a keen observer of, and participant in, the flexible office industry, to explore how coworking communities may help soften the down side of remote work enabled by remote technology, and enhance human performance.

At CloudVO, we want to support all research efforts that might help gather data to support that claim, which we, as operators and coworkers, experience in our daily lives. If you have an academic project, or any kind of research, going in that direction, do not hesitate to contact us!

Meanwhile, we highly recommend you read the Mind Rocket article.

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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 grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.