Looking Ahead to 2021 and Redefining our Coworking Community

2020 was quite the year for everyone, including our community here at The WorkShop! As we start to dig into 2021, we wanted to look back at where we’ve been, what we learned, and where we’re headed.

How We Got Here

Our coworking space began many years ago in a small space in Davis, California. At the time, one of our founders was attending UC Davis and needed a place to study. She discovered The WorkShop Davis and immediately loved the space and how it allowed her to focus even better than at the library. When the owner wanted to retire, our founders bought The WorkShop and took over the space.

The idea to open a Sacramento coworking location came from the need of a larger space. Our founder’s business was growing, and they needed space for their employees to work from a central location. I was hired in 2017 as the Community Manager to help find the perfect coworking space, manage the project, and build the community. We visited over 20 different office spaces in Sacramento in hopes of finding a good place for our headquarters. When our realtor took us to 3301 C Street, one of the old Sacramento canneries, I knew it would be our space the minute I walked in the doors. The WorkShop Sacramento opened its doors to the public in February of 2018.

Our goals for opening The WorkShop Sacramento included building a community for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and supporting innovation in Sacramento.

Hindsight is 2020

When the pandemic hit in 2020, many businesses had to close, and people had to shelter in place. This caused people to begin working from home instead of in an office setting. Many people had to learn how to navigate working from home and taking care of family obligations, including supporting their children’s remote learning.

Since we have members who run essential businesses out of our space, we were able to remain open for those select people. We became aware that our community began to suffer financially from the effects of COVID-19. During this time, we supported our community in any way we could. Many people ultimately had to give up their offices in our space and begin working from home., which left our space with more empty offices than we were used to having.

To pivot, we began offering business address services to those who wanted to work from home but still needed a more secure address to send their business mail to. In addition, we offered day offices so people could drop in to work in private on an as-needed basis. We put all the necessary safety procedures into place and have been very conscious of our members’ health. Lastly, we continued to support the community that we had worked so hard to build.

Although 2020 was a tough year, we kept a positive attitude and supported each other. We were accommodating to people’s unique situations and respected their boundaries.

The WorkShop Sacramento is currently open to the public at 25% capacity. Our safety procedures and protocols remain in place for our member’s and guest’s health. The safety of our members is our number one priority.

Looking Ahead…

Our goal for 2021 is to continue to build and redefine our coworking community. We are ready to welcome in more members this year in a safe manner. We are aware that many people are eager to get back to working in an office. Some companies have sold their corporate offices and entire businesses are working from home now. This has left some people with little to no connection with others.

If you are ready to get out of your home office into a coworking space to make connections and be part of a community, we are here to help!

Contact us to learn more about joining our community!

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