When Meggie began looking for a coworking space to build her business out of, she did so to not only find a space to work in, but to also give her employees access to a community.
“It was an appeal to our employees because we were still building our own internal culture,” Meggie says. “It was enhanced and benefitted by hygge’s culture. You were getting a two for one, you got the benefits of being a part of the Skipper family, and then the benefits of the hygge family.”
We asked her how others could get the most out of coworking like she did, and she acknowledged it really depends on what they’re looking to get out of it. It can be a space where you simply come in, sit with your head down and tackle your to-do list, or it can be that plus a place where you can meet others and engrain yourself in Charlotte.
Meggie and her entire team did the latter. They attended community events like Zero Day and continuing education classes. They joined in at happy hours and introduced themselves to others in the space while they were hanging out outside of their office.
This ultimately led to not only the development of personal relationships for Meggie and her team with other members, but to the development of several business partnerships, like one Skiptown has with Calvin’s Craft Cookies to serve their dog beer at Skiptown.
Outside of the culture, Meggie also says building her startup out of a coworking space gave her something else important: time to focus on her business. Rather than worrying about things like how to set up wifi or get quality coffee for her team, Meggie was able to focus on scaling her business.
“All of the things provided by hygge gave me the time to focus on the problems of the business,” Meggie says. “I can’t quantify that but I know that’s immensely valuable, especially when you’re resource constrained.”
Coworking is about more than space, it’s about people. People are why hygge does what it does, and Meggie was someone who understood that:
“I’m very people focused, and as a company we’re very people focused, so it gave us an opportunity to know Charlotte and feel a part of Charlotte as we were building something in Charlotte,” Meggie says.
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