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A new way to join: RC Community Membership

July 7, 2017 | By |

Over the years we’ve had a lot of folks interested in joining the Reno Collective community without as much of a need for a physical space to get work done. Just because you don’t work in the space every day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to join that community, so we’d like to introduce our new community membership.

Community Membership

The Reno Collective community is home to over a hundred freelancers, solopreneurs, budding startups and remote workers. We have a wonderful space to call home, but a lot of connecting happens online via our community tools and in-person through our events and programming (such as our Cotivation program, Lunch & Learns and classes). Through these tools and events, our members are able to share in projects, best practices and establish a stronger sense of work/life balance.

We’re excited to offer this new membership for $50/month.

If you are interested in learning more or joining the Reno Collective community, check out the new membership and schedule a tour today.

Perks:

  • 1 Drop-In Day + Night Owls + Lunch and Learn Fridays
  • Discounted day rate after the above at $25 a day, billed at the end of the month
  • Mon-Fri, 9-6
  • Key to keep (with deposit)
  • Perks (includes any membership discounts for classes)
  • Day use locker
  • First-come, first-served phone rooms
  • Online community (Private Facebook Group, Slack, Reno Collective Member Portal)

Logistics:

  • Request a tour to sign up
  • Must check-in each day
  • Extra days are billed at the end of the month at the rate of $25/day

Not included:

  • Long term locker
  • Mail / business address
  • Conference room or podcast room use
  • Meetup / Event Hosting

30 Jun

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Introducing the Reno Collective Cotivation Program

June 30, 2017 | By |

Many of our members joined Reno Collective to create a sense of accountability for themselves. We want to help our members stay accountable and get them closer to achieving their goals while connecting with fellow members in the process. To accomplish this, we’re excited to announce our new Cotivation program for Reno Collective members.

What is Cotivation?
Cotivation is a five-week program, with participants meeting on a weekly basis to set goals and revisit previous commitments. This means that every participant has a chance to make progress with the help of fellow coworkers. Weekly meetings ensure everyone has a sense of accountability as well as ongoing guidance from helpful peers. Challenges are routinely identified, tackled, then re-examined, so participants can feel a sense of not just progress in their work but in their development as better professionals and more well-rounded people.

The Cotivation format was created by Tony Bacigalupo https://twitter.com/tonybgoode and Susan Dorsch https://twitter.com/nomadicq and we are excited to be introducing it to the Reno Collective community.

Dates
Two info-sessions will be held on July 7 & July 12, both meant to help you get a better sense of whether Cotivation is right for you. The deadline to join will be July 12, and the first session will begin during the week of July 17-21, the final session will be during the week of August 14th-18th. There will be one session a week, approximately an hour long, during a total of five weeks.

Get Started
We will be piloting this with a first batch of 8-10 members and will open it up to more batches after we complete the first one in August.

If you’re interested in getting in on the first batch, please attend one of the information sessions and/or sign up here: https://renocollective.typeform.com/to/VB6kxB

21 May

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Reno Collective is leveling up!

May 21, 2017 | By |

When we first opened Reno Collective at the end of 2009, we hoped that Reno’s freelancers, budding startups and remote employees would find a home with us and together build a strong community of independent workers. Fast forward to 2017 and the Reno Collective now includes creative and technical talent from just about every industry you can think of. It’s incredibly inspiring to see what our members achieve each and every day and we’re proud to work alongside them.

If you are reading this, then you have been a part of the Reno Collective community in some way. We are so thankful to have you and we want to let you in on some exciting news.

We’re leveling up! Again! We’re excited to announce Reno Collective version 4.

We Bought a Building!

We are moving to 1515 Plumas Street, on the corner of Mt Rose and Plumas. This was most recently known as Sierra Sonics Recording Mansion and previously Granny’s Recording Studio. It has quite a history and has been host to many musical guests including Dr. Dre and Eminem.

We will be closing shop down at our current location from May 27th through June 4th and reopening on June 5th in the new Reno Collective Mansion.

Studio A & What To Expect In Our New Space

As we move into this new space, we’re excited to embrace its history and restore the studios to their former glory. While we will not be operating a recording studio, Reno Collective members and the Reno community will be able to book the studios for events, meetups, classes, team retreats, performances or even music recordings.

It will have all the things our members have come to expect from working out of Reno Collective but we’re also going to be in a new part of town, have our own parking (cars and bikes!) so it’s easier for clients to find and meet with members, more conference rooms for those important meetings and did we mention you’ll be able to cowork outside? The wrap around porch is pretty sweet and you better bet that picnic table is going to get some use this summer.

Our Forever Home

While the space itself is exciting, we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to make this space our “forever home”. We were inspired by Holland Project and their efforts to secure their own building so they could secure their future as a valuable community and gathering place for Reno’s all-ages art and culture scene. Like Holland, we, too, are here to stay!

We exist to provide a place for freelancers, startups, remote employees and independent workers to work but also to cultivate a community of learners and doers. Our members learn from one another and ultimately help rise the tide for all independent workers in Reno. This happens through sharing experiences, cultivating new skills, collaborating on projects and having a space to meet new people. Having our own building allows us to focus on these things and provide a social and productive workspace for our members.

Music, Art and Technology

While we have always had a reputation for focusing on technology and software development, we are also home to many other creatives including musicians and visual artists. As we grow into our new space, we will be embracing the musical history of the building and bringing back Collective Desk Concerts!

We will also be commissioning local artists to grace our walls with stunning murals, local art and art shows. We have our eyes on some talented folks but if you are a local artist, please get in touch with us at art@renocollective.com or music@renocollective.com.

New Ways to Join

With this new home, we’re going to be rolling out some new options for anyone who wants to join Reno Collective. We’re exploring new options for community members, a podcasting membership and potentially a music membership. We’ll announce more in the coming months! If you are interested in learning more about joining the Reno Collective community, let us know at cowork@renocollective.com.

Member Spotlight: Julie Arsenault & Panty Drop

June 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

We’d like to introduce Julie Arsenault, founder of Panty Drop, an underwear subscription option for women. When you are busy and on the go, you sometimes don’t have time to go shopping for the essentials, let alone take the time to indulge in some self care. Julie’s mission is to empower women to be bold and confident and Panty Drop is a way to ensure that you feel your best every day.

You can read more about why Julie started Panty Drop over on her blog.

 

Panty Drop Redesign: Creating a High Quality Customer Experience

In addition to introducing you to Julie and her company, we want to congratulate her on the newly launched redesign of Panty Drop!

The Panty Drop website is built and hosted on top of Shopify so we asked Julie why she thought it was important to customize her Shopify experience beyond what was generally available from off-the-shelf themes.

Reno Collective: Why did you choose to build a custom website for your store?

Julie: I wanted to do a custom website because the website is a huge part of the “product” & having the right purchase flow and pages that talk about the product would be really important for the customer’s experience. While Shopify works great for most of what I need to do with the store, I have different purchase flow requirements than a typical eCommerce site and also needed more static pages than what I saw in most themes.

Taking the Brand to the Next Level

In working toward this new customer experience, sometimes we get out of our element as entrepreneurs. When you’re starting a company, you end up wearing a lot of hats. You’re writing the copy, sourcing the product, trying to design something in Photoshop and move bits of HTML around as best you can while keeping an eye on how you might eventually make some money. Julie was doing all the work herself up until she hired a designer and a developer to work on the redesign.

Reno Collective: How was it working with a designer and a developer to build out your vision for Panty Drop?

Julie: Working with a designer and developer was stressful at first, but a very good decision. Before, I was doing the design and development myself – neither of which is my specialty, so I never could get the site exactly the way I wanted it. Hiring professionals was absolutely the right move because it helped take the brand to the next level. I wasn’t (and still am not) an expert at hiring designers and developers, so it was a little unfamiliar thinking about what requirements I had for the project & how to evaluate the experience of the people I’d be hiring. Also, during the project, since I wasn’t always in the same place as Josh & Laura, I needed to spend time preparing my feedback so it’d be clear and actionable for them. But I’m pleased with how it came out!

If you want all the juicy details on the redesign, you can read more about the relaunch and their awesome giving program here.

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1 Year Panty Drop Giveaway

To celebrate the big makeover, Julie is doing a giveaway for a 1 year subscription to her service. You can enter to win here! You only have a few days left to enter as the contest will close at the end of June.

Congrats to Panty Drop and we wish Julie continued success!