As the coworking craze grows ever more popular, spaces have popped up left and right. With locations in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Iowa City, Sioux City has been a leader in this trend. As with any real estate decision, the right coworking space comes down to location, location, location.
If you don’t consider yourself a “city person,” though, you may find yourself out of luck. A majority of coworking spaces are still housed in the center of cities, surrounded by buzzing metropolis.
Escape the Home Office
Sioux City is certainly a thriving community— Consider when you look out the window and find sky, buildings, and a city traffic. Hustle, bustle, and many amenities. BUT no laundry, isolation or lawn work at staring you from your kitchen table.
Enjoy the Location
We’re not saying traffic noise never happens, but at least it’s not bumper to bumper and gridlocked. Also, there’s easy access to Springboard no matter where you’re coming from. It’s downtown at 4th & Jackson, connected to Heritage Parking, where the first hour of parking is free.
Did you know that Springboard Coworking has some quiet outdoor space in case you ever want to get a little closer to Mother Nature? We’re located on the neighborhood sky walk and city sidewalks for those inclined to stretch their legs during the day. Perhaps most important of all—we’re a mere 3-minute walk from a variety of local restaurants.
Are you curious for a new office situation? Are you looking for the chance to escape the house every once in a while, Springboard Coworking might be for you. We’re always open for a tour, so feel free to stop into your friendly neighborhood coworking space. Mention this article and get 2 months free!
Small Talk as a selling point.
“It’s so weird, to have small talk be the selling point of anything.” For Austin Pierce, (writer/author) there are plenty of opportunities for small talk around the water cooler. When Austin is in between projects or needs to clear his head. There is always someone to have a quick chat with before starting on his next project.
He says having affordable office space where he can work in a distraction-free environment and actually go home at the end of the day is a big plus. Working around other people adds a level of peer pressure which aides in a productive work day.
Fellow coworkers provide different perspectives as well. You can sharpen your social skills around the cooler as well as perfect your elevator pitch to new members.
Working remotely beats having to work at home all alone or in a traditional office with walls and not seeing anyone all day. For about $2 a day you can work at Springboard from 9:00 – 5:00. You can visit with strangers or you can visit with coworking members who quickly become your friends at Springboard.
On August 9, 2017 we celebrate International Coworking Day, a day to celebrate coworking’s birthday.
It was on that day in 2005 that Brad Neuberg opened the first collaborative workspace, called Spiral Muse, and dubbed it “coworking”. He was quickly joined by other early coworking leaders like Tara Hunt & Chris Messina, who were original founders of the Hat Factory (along with Brad Neuberg and a few others), and then Citizen Space, which is still a thriving coworking space to this very day.
Not to be confused with business centers and serviced offices, which are not shy in using the coworking buzzword, rather the true meaning of coworking is demonstrated by those who are passionate about Collaboration, Community, Openness, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability.
To celebrate we are opening up the doors for anyone to come down to Springboard for FREE for a full day (9am-5:00pm)
Meet some of our incredible members, learn about the startups and meet remote workers. Use the space to get some work done. You’ll truly get an understanding of what coworking is all about and the true power of collaboration.
For bonus points, if you stay long enough you’ll be able to join us at 5:00pm for our FREE appetizers and drinks!
Already have an office? Why not talk your boss into working out of Springboard for the day – you can tell them it will help with productivity, how can they say no to that?
Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, bring your neighbours because everyone is getting free coworking on the 9th of August!
It is an exciting time for Springboard Coworking. We have 27 members representing 20 companies.
Embracing each new member as they join and learning about each business has been fun. Springboard Coworking is an environment where we use the same space… BUT it isn’t just about the physical space, it’s also about passion for growing businesses and community. The physical space is the tool for building collaboration and opportunity.
Anyone needing a safe, energetic space to meet clients, write grants, get work done, share ideas, and collaborate with people should try Springboard. As Springboard has grown, I’ve added faster wifi, more desks and chairs plus now I buy coffee in bulk instead of one bag at a time. There is plenty of room for everyone!
In only a few years ahead (2020), global coworking spaces are projected to surge to over 25,000. Digitally enabled commercial hubs such as New York, London, and Tokyo may well have over 400 spaces, we even more spaces filling a hybrid or strictly shared office model.
For the coworking professional looking to find workspace, lets look at a few key factors that are now more than ever easy to drill down on and compare.
Your coworking space’s location can be a big factor in how much value you get out of your membership. Being located in a prestigious neighborhood can impress potential clients. Having conveniences within walking distance (or within a few minutes on your vehicle of choice) is a big plus as well.
For example, professionals at Gravitate, a coworking space in DesMoines, appreciate many nearby conveniences. Surrounded by parks, it’s easy for members to go for a stroll through nature and get exercise on their lunch break. A delicious treat is also never far away because the coworking distance is located just a few blocks away from a gourmet supermarket.
Checking where your potential coworking spaces are located can easily influence your decisions. Aside from being in a central part of town with many conveniences, you’ll also want your space to be near your accommodation if at all possible.
The availability and price of parking are also important considerations. In some cities parking can be scarce or pricey if not included in your coworking membership.
In many cultures people say that when you marry someone you also marry their family. Likewise, when you join a coworking space you also join its community. It’s important to understand that being surrounded by other entrepreneurs, digital nomads, and talented independent professionals is one of the biggest benefits of joining a coworking space.
Making friends at your coworking space and seeing others hustle to build their businesses will encourage you to come to work each day. The social aspect of working alongside people who “get” your entrepreneurial challenges will also help you avoid the feelings of isolation and loneliness that often arise when working independently.
Some coworking spaces such as Nomadlife even offer leisure activities like team volleyball for members to enjoy together. Brainstorming, collaborating, and networking are the big business advantages you’ll enjoy if you choose a coworking space with the right community.
Fortunately, finding a space with a great community isn’t too difficult. When deciding if a community is a good fit for you, you may want to ask yourself; of what professions are people at this workspace? Are my skills a good fit for this community? Does this space host regular events for members to network with each other? Will this space help drive and hone in my ambitions?
#3 Work Environment
Your surroundings and the amount of distractions they bring are a huge determinant of how quickly you’ll make progress on your projects. Working at a cafe often brings loud giggling gossip. On the other hand, family members and domestic tasks can’t help but call for you while working at home.
Coworking spaces have the potential to be affordable distraction-free workspaces, but they’re not perfect either. Some spaces bring excessive chatter from members collaborating on joint projects. Other spaces are too hot or cold to comfortably work for extended periods of time.
Perhaps most importantly, some spaces may not have your preferred type of seating. Not all coworking spaces have standing desks, ergonomic chairs, and beanbags. Yet, these types of seating arrangements have huge health benefits and the ability to greatly increase your productivity.
When trying to determine if a coworking space has a suitable work environment, visiting that space is the best way to find out.
Apart from a work environment that allows you to focus, it’s also important to find a coworking space that gives you everything else you need to maximize your work experience. Is free coffee a must for you? How’s the internet connection in the work area? Does your work often require you to have access to a printer, or Skype room for client calls?
These are all things to think about. The infrastructure and amenities a space provides can make or break its value proposition. Finding a coworking space that offers a membership plan that gives you everything you need to be productive, without offering a bunch of extras you’ll never use isn’t easy.
Of course, amenities don’t just help balance the work side of the work/life balance equation. Coworking amenities can be a lot of fun too. Someday, maybe, Springboard will offer outdoor trampolines for their members to jump on.
Membership fees and how much you’re willing to pay each month are fundamental in choosing a place to work. Memberships at premium spaces, with full access and amenities packages, massages and even fitness and living accommodations can go for several thousand dollars a month. This is a dream package for successful entrepreneurs wanting a great place to work, and expand their networks, but if you’re on a budget you may have to compromise on some things.
Likewise, it may be professionally limiting for someone with a six-figure income to work at a space with less comfort, amenities, network, that appeals to early stage professionals just starting out.
In short, you’re going to need to prioritize what you need from your coworking space to get the best return on your investment. Remember that environment is everything, and putting in the extra effort to find a space that is unique as you are will reward you handsomely in both your professional and social pursuits.
The post is written by Cameron Chardukian. He is a lead contributor and analyst at Coworker.com. Passionate about coworking, he is always writing or learning new things about it.
Here are the best sites to find coworking spaces across the country. As a coworking space owner, I have puzzled over how to get the word out that I even exist. Coworking directories have been popping up in the last 3 years.
Coworking directories show what amenities are available, what other coworkers think of the space and how well the space would be suited for different types of professionals. The directories allows travelers and professionals to get in touch with coworking spaces directly. Travelers are more likely to go online to find information about coworking spaces.
Springboard Coworking has joined a few directories. These are the most reliable coworking directories listed by Startup Blink:
Coworking Wiki is a premier resource on all things coworking. One of the main components of the project in the coworking directory is it can be edited by all space owners. The directory lists basic details such as contact information, opening hours, pictures of the space and website and social media links. The Wiki has a whole page dedicated to coworking resources such as blogs and media coverage, associations and groups, coworking tools and conferences. Number of Spaces: 2000+
One of the initiatives of Coworking Wiki is the spaces and coworkers can benefit from from the Coworking Visa. The Visa enables members of a particular coworking space to use other spaces that are part of the Coworking Visa program for free, up to 3 days.
Though not a coworking directory, Deskmag is a popular magazine that covers all things coworking. It provides the latest information on coworking conferences, tips and resources for spaces. The website also has detailed profiles of coworking spaces according to cities.
Although not a dedicated coworking directory either, Google Places will give map results with information about coworking spaces and very user friendly. Google displays basic information about the spaces such as their opening hours, addresses, website and reviews.
The next time you need a space to work away from home, check out spaces across the country and find one that fits your needs.
The New Year is a time to take stock. Make a fresh start. Turn over a new leaf. Be inspired! Here are my three picks for New Year’s Business Resolutions; they might reinvigorate your growth and performance in 2017.
Work Healthy: It’s easy to get into bad habits running a business, but neglecting your health won’t do anyone any favors. Put in place a few simple steps like taking regular breaks, doing relaxation exercises throughout the day, or taking a standing lunch break away from your desk. If you’re already a rock star of working healthy, then be a leader in your communities. Create 15 minute activity breaks throughout the day. Challenge coworkers to planks. Take a lap in the skywalk. Encourage drinking water instead of soda or coffee. Another great option is bring healthy snacks of fruit and veggies. Better eating and better moving leads to better minds.
Right Space: The physical workspace is often overlooked as a driver of productivity. It can have an enormous influence on your creativity and motivation. If you’re feeling uninspired in your current office, make it your mission to find a better space that works for you. Springboard has excellent desk space for solopreneurs and remote workers. Freelancers and small teams can move about the space everyday. Your physical space impacts your performance. Big windows for natural light add to energy levels. The natural elements promote health, wellbeing and productivity.
Right Balance: Work to live, live to work. The priorities can get muddled! It may be time for a change if you catch yourself working late nights and into the weekends. Neglecting your friends and family makes for lonely down time. Delegating a few projects may free up some of your time. A few simple tweaks to your routine and time management, could be all it takes. Also note your social interactions. When visiting with people, talk about topics other than your business. The truth is, everyone isn’t thinking about your projects 24/7.
Focus on your workplace well-being. Be rewarded! Boost your energy levels and your business outcomes. Happy 2017!
November 4: Springboard Coworking hosted our monthly 1st Friday Coffee. Heartland Coffee Co shared how they started a coffee subscription service featuring coffee from the midwest region, followed by an afternoon of free coworking for our friends and guests in the community! After a productive afternoon, we had our own happy hour at the office.
While we were doing that, Iowa Startup Games (The University of Iowa/John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center) got underway at Design West. 40 students from the local colleges got together, pitched their business ideas then formed teams. They worked through the weekend with coaches doing research on these new ideas/products. They created simple, but effective business plans and finally presented to a panel of judges for $1,500 in prize money. They did say they grew professionally, learned skills for moving forward in the business world. We wish the best to the winning business idea, Highland – an alpaca poncho clothing line.
November 7: Business Succession Planning. This was for people considering buying or selling a business. The discussion focused on what every business buyer and seller needs to know for efficient and effective negotiation and planning.
November 8: Financing Forum workshop held at Design West. Representatives from SBA, banks, and micro lenders as well as SCORE, and Iowa Center for Economic Success formed a panel to share valuable financial information for small business owners.
November 9: Google Workshop Attendees learned how to update and improve their business information where customers search most: Google!
November 10: The final event of Launch Week was Base 3. The evening started with networking at Biz Brew to consume chocolate-covered bacon, deep-fried strawberry’s stuffed with cheesecake and deep fried Snickers provided by Dakota Newbeez Concessions, a Food Truck Friday vendor. The treats didn’t stop there! Jolly Time Koated Kernels also featured their amazingly tasty Cinnamon Roll and Triple Chocolate Mint popcorn!
The festival line-up speakers were:
Scott Siepker, an actor, writer, producer, and filmmaker with Iowa Filmmakers. His advice: Surround yourself with talented people and learn to negotiate.
Caleb Ulffers, the Events and Community Manager at Flywheel. His advice: Show up!
Brian C. Waller, President of the Technology Association of Iowa & Sioux City East High School. His advice: Include everyone and become diverse in your skill set.
They all spoke on cultivating a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and building community. And…building it all right here in Sioux City! All the speakers were fantastic and the treats were delish!!
Thanks to everyone who came out to Launch Week, we hope you had as much fun as we did!
Here are some resources for entrepreneurs. SIOUX CITY Downtown Partners: Downtown Partners serves as the communication hub for downtown businesses. In this role, it collaborates with businesses that have similar needs and interests, represents downtown businesses through city processes, facilitates and coordinates revitalization efforts, encourages economic development, and promotes Downtown Sioux City.
Siouxland Initiative: In 1988, local community and business leaders formed The Siouxland Initiative (TSI) to stimulate economic growth in the tri-state region. Three fund drives over the past ten years have raised nearly 9 million dollars from Siouxland communities and corporations to support the programs and staffing of TSI. The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce is responsible for administering the activities of the Initiative.
Small Business Development Center: Reopened in August 2007, the SBDC center is located in Room A233 on the Western Iowa Tech Community College campus. The center is one of 16 regional business assistance centers statewide and serves small business needs in Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Monona, Plymouth and Woodbury counties. Along with free one-on-one business counseling, the center offers other practical business services, including market research services and a variety of business education classes. Contact: Todd Rausch, Regional Director
City of Sioux City: The City of Sioux City offers a full range of assistance to new business and new development.
SCORE: SCORE is a national non-profit, volunteer organization that helps grow small businesses across America, with the strategic goal of growing 1 million small businesses by 2017. The Sioux City Chapter of SCORE provides free mentoring and low-cost workshops to entrepreneurs who want help starting up or growing new small businesses. The web site also provides extensive resources related to all aspects of starting and growing a small business as well as mentoring new businesses.
Sioux City Innovation Market: Event aims to cultivate positive action in the community by connecting people as well as introducing like-minded leaders who are excited about growth and change for Sioux City.
Springboard Coworking: Springboard Coworking is a shared office space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and any form of career nomad, looking for a vibrant community and a space for collaboration. Combining the best elements of café culture with a productive, functional, and affordable work environment.
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