Episode #314: Benefits of Co-Working Sessions
TAYLOR BRADFORD: You are listening to episode number 314 of the Boss Girl Creative podcast. Today I’m talking about the benefits of virtual co-working sessions. On to the episode.
Hello, welcome to Episode 314. I’m your host, Taylor Bradford. I am super excited that you’re here and that you pressed play on this episode, which is all about the benefits of virtual co-working. And before I dive into this episode, I really quickly want to let you know the Inner Circle membership reopens its doors during the first week of August. If you want to be one of the first to know, get on the waitlist at bossgirlcreative.com/InnerCircle. And let me tell you, there is some good stuff happening in the Inner Circle. It is $27 a month, and this gives you access to the community. It gives you access to a monthly live Q&A session, a monthly book club. We now just started up the virtual co-working sessions again, so now we have two of those each month. We also have weekly office hours through my Voxer channel. So if you want some feedback, or strategy, or whatever it is that you might need help with, then you can participate in my weekly office hours. And you guys, it’s good. It is getting good. It is getting good week by week. And I’m so incredibly proud of those that are in the Inner Circle and the growth they are seeing. And it’s accountability. It’s friendship. It’s doing things with other like-minded people, and that actually get what it is that you do. So you don’t want to miss out on the next round. Doors will open back up the first week of August, and get yourself on that waitlist, go to bossgirlcreative.com/InnerCircle because I want to make sure you get in there in the next round.
Okay, let’s talk about the benefits of virtual co-working sessions. And this can be as simple as two people getting together and deciding to work together, either collaboratively or just independently working but at the same time as somebody else, or in a group setting. And this can happen in a Zoom chat, or I think Facebook now has the ability to do something similar to Zoom. But for the most part, people are doing these virtual co-working sessions through Zoom, the Zoom platform, I should say. And we did this a long time ago in the original Boss Girl Creative Facebook community. But that community was closed. I don’t even remember how long ago, so now all I have is the Inner Circle community membership. And we just restarted, or I just restarted those virtual co-working sessions with the Inner Circle community. And it has been going so incredibly well. I am so just excited and jazzed to see the amount of productivity that is happening within the co-working sessions. And co-working sessions, regardless of Inner Circle membership or not, can be super beneficial to you, which is why I’m going to talk about them today in this episode. So grab your best girlfriends, set your co-working session virtually ASAP, so that you can get super productive, super creative, and get some stuff done, especially maybe the boring stuff that might be sitting on your to-do list or has been sitting on your to-do list for some time.
So what is a virtual co-working session? It’s where people come together to work independently or collaboratively within a shared space, whether that’s virtually or in person. There was a rise for a period of time, especially before the pandemic of co-working spaces. They were popping up everywhere. The biggest one that I saw was We Work. I think that they fell apart, but co-working still is very, very beneficial, either in person or virtually. So you would get together to do a co-working session so that you can get worked on. You can hold each other accountable during your session. You can make new friends build friendships and relationships, and you can also build your professional network. How do you do a virtual co-working session? Well, you need a platform, whether it’s in person at a coffee shop or through zoom or some other type of virtual platform that you can use, and you’re going to meet for a given or a stated period of time.
So with the Inner Circle membership, we are doing 90 minutes, and You’re going to proceed with work sessions, and then you’re going to have check-in sessions. So to give you an idea as to how we do this in the Inner Circle membership, the first 10 minutes is waiting for people to get on the actual session to log in, and to welcome them, and to ask what their intentions are for the co-working session, what they will be working on in the first round of co-working. And so we do a 90-minute session. First 10 minutes is waiting on people to log in and to get settled and to set their intentions, and then we work for 20 minutes. And then we check-in for five, and then we work 25. And then we check-in for five and then we work 20. And then we check back in for the last time for five and say our farewells. So much goodness comes out of these sessions. It’s crazy good. So again, the benefits are your productivity goes through the roof, you can do this anywhere, it’s location independent. And it’s just a lot of fun to be able to have other people online with you working at the same time or in person with you working at the same time, regardless of whether or not you’re actually working collaboratively or independently.
Let’s talk about the three big perks. I’m going to go back through them. It’s the benefits. The three big perks and benefits of doing virtual co-working sessions. Number one, accountability matters. Sometimes we keep things on our to-do list far too long because it might be boring, something we have been just putting off because we don’t want to do it. We don’t like it. It’s boring. But we know at some point in the future, it needs to get done. Accountability can help you do those things. Let’s just knock them off our to-do list in a fun setting in a fun atmosphere. So accountability matters; knowing there are other humans working at the same time as you is so incredibly motivating. It holds you accountable to do whatever task it is that you set to do.
So for our last co-working session with the Inner Circle membership, I recently hired a bookkeeper. And she is weeding through – I’m not even kidding when I say weeding through – she is weeding through our 2020. It is so muddy. It is literally all over the place what we’re – we are trying to get organized. And for somebody that has just done our finances for so long – 18 plus years or right at 18. A little over 18 years. I have done our finances for 18 years. And so I know where things are going and what things are, and it’s not hard for me, but putting another human into the mix, it’s challenging, but I’m grateful that we’re at this place and that we’re getting organized. And so my task during the most recent co-working session was legitimately downloading bank statements and uploading them into Dropbox for our bookkeeper and on check images going in and editing through a PDF – just using Adobe PDF platform – and actually earmarking or writing a note as to what that check was for and what business it needed to be notated for etc. That is such a boring task, but I needed to get it done because she’s in the process of creating a profit and loss statement for 2020 because we are working with a mortgage broker to buy another investment property, and we haven’t done our 2020 taxes yet. And we actually hired this bookkeeper in early May, but she wasn’t able to get started on our stuff until just recently, which meant we had to file another extension for 2020 – not another, we just had to file an extension – and anyways. So, we are trying to help her out and set her up for success, and I have to download all of the 2020 statements for all the businesses and get them up into Dropbox. Because there’s not a way for me to add a quote-unquote accountant to my mom and pop bank virtually, and anyways, that’s where we are.
So that is what I worked on during this focused session. Some of my other members worked on – one member, Stacy, was working on dyeing yarn and creating a color bath for a dye lot for yarn for her business. Another one was working on an email sequence. Another one was working on creating listings in her Etsy shop and getting descriptions in there. Another one was working on setting up social profiles for a brand new business adventure. So you can see that none of us were working on the same thing, but we all were able to manage a lot of things during our co-working session. They all got those things done that they intended to do with the time.
All right, number two, feedback opportunities. When you do co-working sessions, you have the opportunity to get feedback to ask questions to share your computer’s screen, to tweak your web copy, or your email newsletter, to test and tune with other people’s eyeballs. That is huge. If you find yourself in a hurdle during a session and when it’s time to come back in and check-in. That is when you get feedback or can ask for help. And I can’t tell you how powerful that is because you are in a dedicated time block together, and this is so beneficial to be able to ask questions and get feedback.
Number three, the productivity gains that you will have during a co-working session are through the roof. Because it’s focused time, instead of you saying, “Oh, we’ll get to that later.” Or, “I got to do this first” or whatever it is that you say to yourself on the things that either you don’t want to do, or are challenging, or you’re just like dreading doing them. Whatever it might be. The productivity gains that you received during a co-working session are huge. Set yourself up for success and get those boring admin tasks taken care of. Or use your focus time to do your super creative work, whatever it might be. Use the dedicated time to be productive to get productive your email newsletters, scheduling social media, responding to emails, getting your inbox to zero, organizing your online life, whatever it might be. Co-working sessions can be amazingly productive because it is focused time.
So I’m curious if you have ever done a co-working session or if you do them frequently; I’d love to hear. You can send me an email: email@example.com or just DM me on Instagram @TaylorLBradford or @BossGirlCreative, whichever one is easier. If you’re not already following me on social media, I would love it if you would do that. Follow me @TaylorLBradford or @BossGirlCreative or both. That would be awesome for both. Let me know if you are part of co-working sessions. Or if you want to be in the Inner Circle membership when doors reopen in August. We have co-working sessions monthly co-working sessions. We actually have two of them, one on a Sunday and one on a Tuesday. So I – they’re just amazing. You definitely want to be a part of them.
So if you want to start your own co-working session, I hope this podcast episode inspired you to do so. Tell your best friend, get it on the books, whatever it is, get yourself into a virtual co-working session ASAP. Make it regular in your schedule, whether it’s monthly, weekly, every other week, whatever it is that you want to do. I hope that you set some dedicated time so that you can be super productive. Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Boss Girl Creative podcast. If you found it inspiring, I hope you will go out and share it with your business BFF. Until next time, I hope you have a great rest of this week.