Category: Coworking Book

Everything relating to coworking books, including The Coworking Handbook

Thanks to the backers

Thanks to the early supporters of the Coworking Handbook. Without them this manual would not have seen the light.

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Before doing the crowdfunding campaign, the book was on sale on a very simple one page webpage. the first person to jump in and support the book was a former betacoworker: Roland Zwaga.


All hail Roland!


He was followed by 12 more backers including: Jürgen De Smet, Marina Evaristo, Marina Aubert, Tiina Vainio, Miguel Albizu, and Marc Navarro (the rest did not want to disclose their name.)
A big thanks goes also to the 159 crowdfunding campaign backers on Indiegogo. They gave the strong signal needed to dedicate even more time to the project and to manage the funding for the English and Spanish editions.

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Coworking Business Model Canvas

The business model of coworking

The business model of coworking is not that complicated, in fact we will even provide it to you right away. Keep in mind however that you are the master of your business and you will decide to put the accent on one part or the other, which will change the outcome and rationale, and also your actions.

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A business model is the representation of the structure of your business, taking into consideration your clients and products or services. It comprises the fundamentals of your business and the reasoning for them. It is a tool to help you understand your business and the relationships among key elements of it.

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Here’s our proposal for a coworking business model canvas, following Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur’s Business Model Generation book and canvas:

Key Partners

  • Internet Service Provider

  • Landlord

  • Investors/bankers

  • Influencers

Key Activities

  • Introductions and facilitation

  • Community building

Value Proposition

  • Professional environment and network

  • Increased productivity

  • Life work balance

  • Flexibility

  • Cost efficiency

Customer Relationships

  • Facilitation & Networking

  • Community

  • Face to face

  • Online

Customer Segments

  • Freelance professionals

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Teleworkers

Key Resources

  • Good Internet connection

  • Professional premises

  • Meeting room


  • Website

  • Events

  • Social Media

  • Email

  • PR

Cost Structure

  • Rental

  • Utilities

  • Personnel

  • Marketing

  • Maintenance

  • Legal

Revenue Streams

  • Coworking plans (flexible or fixed)

  • Events

  • Meeting rooms

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What would you change? What is missing?

If you make your own canvas, share it with everybody in the comments. You can do the same part of the business as we did here or concentrate in other aspects, like events or services.

PS: the table is so big and our knowledge of html so small that we had to remove the sidebar in this post.

New Easy Share Crowdfunding Web Link

Use this web address for easy sharing:

It should be easier to remember than the loooooooong indiegogo link :)

Thank you for your support to our coworking field guide



Join the Crowdfunders!

Home page of the crowdfunding campaign for the coworking handbook

Photo by Stefano Borghi

Last night we launched the crowdfunding campaign for the Coworking Handbook and we have already passed the 75% of our first goal :) With this money we will be doing the professional proofreading of the book in English.  We have set up a few stretch goals to be able to translate it and edit in in different management. Check the perks and support us.

Hurry or pay more

Discounted Coworking Handbook Offer

We have set up a special price for the duration of the Coworking Europe Conference. If you buy it after tomorrow it will be more expensive.

Help us

We need your help to spread the word and reach as many people as possible. We want to be able to help the most coworking space managers possible in their locations and languages. Here’s a list of things that you can do to help us throughout the campaign:

  • Buy the book
  • Promote this campaign among your friends and followers. Social Media are awesome, but if you can send emails or talk to the people even better.
  • Retweet, share, and like our updates on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Talk to journalists and online influencers about the Coworking Handbook and try to convince them to write about the campaign and the book.
  • Talk to your school directors and teachers and local authorities to try to get them to buy loads of books.
  • Talk to a publisher or media outlet that may want to print and distribute the book in your city/country.

This is the link for your convenient copying and pasting:

New Chapters Coming to You!

The Best Chocolate Cake in Brussels: Patisserie Vermeulen. A True Treat!We have just released the Community draft, and previously this week we sent you the Finance chapter.  What a treat!

If you did not receive them:

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  2. Did you check your email spam just in case?

We are now working on a crowdfunding campaign to be launched for Coworking Europe, with a special deal for those days only. If you want to learn about best practices and to get a lot of answers to coworking management questions you should attend, we wil :)

Until then, we will continue to release materials by email and through our website.

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