Keeping Company with Those Smarter Than Yourself – A Look at the Shared Economy

Michael (my other half) has always said of his job “I don’t have to know everything, I just have to know the smart people”.

Back in the day, when a paycheck was earned by manual labor and hard work, it truly did “take a village” to raise a family and survive. When the original mill villages in Fort Mill were built, each house (no bigger than 3-4 rooms) was placed on a lot just large enough for that structure and a little bit extra to grow or raise SOMETHING … but not EVERYTHING. One person might have a small vegetable garden while another might have a chicken house. One might have an animal while another might own the plow for that animal to pull…. but no one had everything. If you wanted to feed your family, you depended on the skills, resources and the willingness of those around you.

This is just like us today. We are capable in our time and mental proficiency to do SOME of the things we need to do to become successful entrepreneurs or to keep a business going, but certainly not EVERYTHING.

DSC_1164Personally, I can handle making website updates but I will admit that I don’t know enough to start one from scratch. I can maintain our accounts and reservation systems online but I depend on the advice of those much more experienced than I am on what software to use to do it. Planning professional development events might be my superhero power, but I can’t do it without the sponsorships and support of local vendors.

Some people call this honesty being vulnerable, admitting you can’t handle everything. I call it being
realistic and smart. Why should we all feel like we have to be everything (marketer, planner, manager, designer, author, etc.) to our clients and our community when there are resources, our neighbors, all around us that can do it quicker and better than we can and make our local economy better in the process?

This also solidifies my belief that having a Coworking community in downtown Fort Mill has been a progressive step towards fostering the symbiotic relationships essential for innovation, fulfillment and success …. professionally and personally. Today’s Coworking communities, a representation of our shared economy, are not just about sharing products and space, but also rather sharing contacts, skills and knowledge. I believe there is nothing wrong with needing others. In fact, that is how we were made. That is how our community, the beautiful Fort Mill, was made … and why it will continue to thrive, if we help it.

So, you think I am smart? You should see who I keep company with!

Can’t run your confidential business from a Coworking Community? Think again!

We often have visitors who think they can’t run their business or work on a startup in a shared workspace because of confidentiality concerns. In reality, there is no better place to do it! Consider this:

  • Everyone comes here to pursue their own dreams and needs … to be productive at their own business.
  • Within a collaborative business community, we understand that when one of us succeeds, we all succeed! Being surrounded by a diverse group (rather than an office full of coworkers vying for the same promotion) breeds authenticity and a supportive network.
  • Having a variety of professionals readily available means you always have someone (other than your dog or spouse) to bounce ideas off of and you can constantly have a finger on what is going on in many markets!
  • Lastly, all members sign a member agreement that has confidentiality clauses.

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Our Community Benefit Partner Program is expanding! … You in?

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We would like to welcome The Mud Puddle at Olives, Downtown Fort Mill’s new (and only!) merchant of fine coffee and craft beverages to our Community Benefit Partner Program! https://www.facebook.com/onmainstreet

Community Benefit Partners are local business owners who support our members while reaping the benefits of the increased foot traffic and brand marketing done by our staff. These partners offer helpful and creative discounts for goods and services in the downtown and greater Fort Mill area. Do you own or work for a restaurant, store or service provider that could take advantage of this opportunity? …. Some examples are….

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How to Network Without Being a Slimeball: by Chris Horner

We know deep down we need to do it, even though it can make our stomach turn just thinking about it. Sometimes we get the impression of the plaid coat used car salesman fast talker running around with a megaphone, shouting about themselves to everyone they see.

Even in this digital-Meetup-Twitter-Facebook saturated world, in-person networking can be some of the most productive that you can do. I’ve been to a thousand of these events for various positions that I’ve held, and I’m here to tell you that, done correctly, it’s not a waste of time. In this article, I’m going to give you some tips to make your time at these events productive and maybe, just maybe even enjoyable.

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How I Have Benefited from Coworking

People come to coworking for various reasons. I came because our two-bedroom house was too small for my work, my wife’s schooling, and the schooling for my 4 and 2-year-old children. One day, after several months in each other’s hair, we realized there wasn’t room.

I called up LOOM Coworking and started that day.

I did not think that a simple choice such as renting a coworking space could change my business for the positive, but it did. I have learned more about my business, I have found new clients, and I have been able to connect with the local community. Read more

Our members are doing such cool things and collaborating … Mama has gotta brag!

 

collaborateMember Chris Jones of Jones Brothers Realty hired member
Josh James to create this awesome promo video!

Member Paul Davis, tutor and writer, and Cathy Kitchens, who will be hosting  ACT prep courses in our Gallery@LOOM, are working together on youth tutoring services!

Member Tom Ostrowski of Cruise Planners is offering a “Painting at Sea” Cruise experience with Debbie Whitsett, our Community Benefit Partner at Olives Studio, Gallery and Gifts!

We are so excited about the business opportunities that are being created in our community!

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I love my art teacher because …

Did or do you have a fine art teacher that has influenced or effected your life?

Whether you became an artist or not, many of us would not be who we are today without the efforts, talents and compassion of an art teacher somewhere in our past.

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Don’t have what it takes to work from home? … yeah, me neither!

I recently read an article by Rachel Gillett of Business Insider entitled  “I worked from home for a year — here’s the one mistake I’ll never make again”. Immediately, I felt I had met a kindred spirit. In June 2015, I began working as contributing author on a textbook. Being in an educational environment of one kind or another for 35 years, I severely underestimated the culture shock I would have transitioning to a work-from-home existence.

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Media at the Mill – downtown crawl recap

We had amazing attendance at our Catawba Studios Progress Presentation,
Tour of Theater revitalization, downtown walking tour and after party!!!
Check out the first of three Talk of the Town segments on the event.
Thank you so much Ann Pensiero-Norment and Darlene Cunnup for the photos and to
Fort Mill Economic Council, and all our sponsors and volunteers!
of photos from the event!
Here is what the attendees shared….
Allison Rose said … I truly enjoyed the Catawba Studios presentation. The film crew community in this area is so happy about what’s to come. I am glad I was there for the presentation and ran into some people I knew. Pleasant evening. Thank you for hosting
Amy Hillard said … I loved seeing community come together. Everyone was engaged. Great event even in the heat. Also, thanks for checking on your volunteers! 😉
Jim Stablein said … I liked the Catawba Studios presentation and the Walking Tour, specifically the historical information at the Fort Mill History Museum. And, of course, meeting new people!

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