I've been lurking on these boards for two years or so, reading daily posts and researching as I've started to build the plan for our new community. You've all been a tremendous help and source of inspiration! I certainly feel more prepared through all of your insights and advice. THANK YOU.
I'm in the early stages of opening a creative coworking space in Tampa. I'm marketing towards artists, designers, architects, furniture makers, photographers, etc. as I try to create a small community. I'm not interested in a "typical" coworking space with daily/monthly members, as much as I hope to build a small group of 10-20 individual studio spaces that will be used on a slightly more long-term basis. We'll have drop-in space available, but it's not the main focus. I've also started exploring the idea of a shared photography studio and client meeting space that can be used on a daily basis by a rotating group of photographers.
The business plan is still flexible, the space layout is as well. We do already have a site - I own the building, and it was purchased with this goal in mind for the future.
That said, since I've done my homework, I know we need to build our community first. I'm signed up for an informational booth at the Etsy craft party next week to start talking with people and gauging interest. I'm wondering if there's any advice from the group on what information to provide, how to make our table more interactive...how to ask for feedback on what people are interested in seeing in the space? My main goal at this stage is to get contact info for people who are interested in more information and to get people to monitor our progress on social media so they can stay updated if they'd like. I plan to host a casual meetup of potential community members as soon as I think we have at least 10 people who may want to be involved.
Also, I know there's a lot of "I" and "ME" in the description above...right now I'm operating alone. Any advice on finding the kindred spirits needed to make this happen?
Looking forward to chatting more with you all as this moves forward. Please feel free to check us out, and spread the word if you'd like.
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