From March the way the world works has changed drastically.
So has how, where, when and why businesses get support.
Today we catch up with some coworking folks, who joined together to build a global virtual accountability and business support program.
Torill Bye Wilhelmsen in Europe, Sonia Simone in the US and Claire Emerson in Australia – are all working together to build and run a global community to support growing businesses.
Firstly, how are you? How has your 2020 been?
You're on the verge of launching a new virtual business community.
Could you share a little bit about it and who it's perfect for?
This is something new for you right?
What resources helped you get to this stage, that you'd recommend to others playing with the idea of launching virtual business communities?
But supporting businesses isn't completely new for either of you.
For readers who've not had the pleasure of meeting you before, what were each of you doing before this?
As there's two of you, in two continents, are you splitting the schedule, or trying to find a balance when the most members are online?
Sonia: We also have a third partner in Australia. It’s a wonderful luxury to be able to offer live sessions in time zones around the world. And we’re finding some unexpected benefits. European night owls, for example, love the timing of the North American sessions. Any member can attend any session as part of their membership.
What do you wish others had told you before you started building a virtual community?
Where can folks find more information about this virtual community?
Sonia: We’re in an Early Access phase right now, and people can learn more about the community and the founders by going to this website.
How included is supporting both coworking and virtual-only business communities around the world.
In January 2020 we introduced included Business Perks for Freelancer and Commercial Real Estate communities. This move allowed us to respond rapidly to the lockdowns as they were implemented across the globe.
We quickly introduced included Perks for Virtual Communities to help bring powerful perks and benefits programs to the members and operators of online-only or mostly-online business communities and facilitate coworking spaces’ shift to virtual-only offerings.
We also upgraded our blog to share resources & advice from round-tables and Coworking Convos in the hope that we could help coworking & physical workspace operators and members spot new opportunities to thrive in the craziness of this pandemic.
If you’re running a business community, online or offline, please do check out our blog, subscribe to This Week In Coworking, or explore how included Perks can help you attract, retain and reward your members.