Patrick Emmons has spent his entire career in technology. When he first founded DragonSpears, he was spending $10,000/month subleasing office space so his team could collaborate. He decided to sublease as he wanted to be cautious, and not waste valuable capital on overhead while his business was in its early stages.
Looking to the future, Patrick wanted to find a location with the opportunity to grow. Having run successful businesses for over 20 years, he was very familiar with the process to get office space for a growing team in Chicago. He did not want to sign a 5-10 year lease and get more space than he needed at that moment. He decided to explore alternate workspace arrangements for his growing team.
Patrick included coworking spaces as part of his workspace search. He also involved his entire team in the selection process, as getting their buy-in was crucial. While touring coworking spaces, he and the team noticed that each had a different design and environment. Since DragonSpears does sensitive work for its clients, having actual physical walls, and not just glass ones, where you cannot look into the office next door was an important decision factor. He also wanted an authentic environment where his team could get work done, and not be in a frenetic space with too much going on that it took away from productivity.
After touring many coworking spaces, the DragonSpears team chose MakeOffices as their home in early 2017. Since joining, Patrick has saved $4,000 per month on space, precious money he can use to invest in his business. He also found the design of the space a perfect fit for his team, with the soundproof walls and semi-frosted glass doors allowing for privacy, and the breakout spaces opportunities for collaboration.
“MakeOffices is a platform that lets you focus on strategic things. It frees you from the concerns that don’t add value to your business.”
More than just the monetary benefit of reducing his overhead, Patrick and his team can now spend all of their time focusing on growing their business. “Thinking about ink toner duty, coffee machine duty, network router duty detracts from my ability to think strategically, and keeps me from having the energy necessary to engage new clients and service existing ones. If you’re not absolutely focused on growth, you won’t grow.”
MakeOffices has also enabled the DragonSpears team to become closer to their customers. They often bring clients to work side-by-side with them to really understand their needs and build custom solutions to solve their business problems. Spending more time with his clients and working alongside them regularly in the breakout and common areas of the space has developed a stronger bond with them and has increased retention.
“There is an intangible benefit of not having to worry. It’s hard to quantify that, but the time savings has been huge! I can now spend all my time dedicated to customers and employees. That’s an instant value creator for my business.”
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