30 Day
Coworking Takeover Challenge™
Are you ready to reposition your community for the future?
Coworking Takeover Challenge™
The Workforce you want, the Residents you want, the Economy you want, are all fuelled by the Community You Build!

Do you want to utilize all of the untapped potential you know your community has, and grow something that could positively impact your community for a long time?

What's Coworking?
What would it mean to you to have coworking options in your community?
For everyone it's different...

For Remote Workers, Freelancers, or Entrepreneurs, they may be feeling isolated working from home, and it would mean being able to collaborate with other remote workers while connecting with community. 

59% of Remote Workers who participated in the Challenge reported experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation occasionally, with 13% reporting that they experience feelings of loneliness and isolation most of the time.
For Downtown Businesses, it might mean an opportunity to turn under-utilized space into money-making space.
Challenge Business participants described their current business activity - 32% stated that they have too little business while 26% said their main reason for participating in the Challenge was to explore a potential new income source.
For Community Leaders, it would mean being able to connect with and attract more independent professionals into their community while engaging an entirely new workforce (Freelancers will make up more than 50% of the entire workforce within the decade). 
35% of Challenge Participants reported that they have been working as freelancers for only 1-3 years while 20% reported working as freelancers for less than 1 year. The top 3 services they reported needing in a coworking facility are: #1 High Speed Internet, #2 Desk Space, and #3 Meeting Space. 

Do you wish your community had coworking options?

Are you ready for the Challenge?
Take This 2-Minute Assessment Quiz And Learn If Your Region Is Ready To Run 
The Coworking Takeover Challenge™ 
Does your community suffer from declining population, youth migration, employment challenges, and loss of anchor institutions?
Please Check All Of The Questions Where Your Answer Is YES!
Do you wish you had coworking options in your community?
Do you belong to an organization with a mandate to support and grow your community?
Are you looking for a high impact project that you can run this year? 
Would you like to connect with the freelancers, remote workers, entrepreneurs, and home-based business workers in your community?
Would you like to help make your community the destination of choice for freelance and remote work professionals? 
Do you want to utilize all of the untapped potential you know your community has, and grow something that could positively impact your community for a long time? 
If you checked ANY of the boxes above I want to invite you to 
learn more about the Coworking Takeover Challenge™.
The Coworking Takeover Challenge™
The Coworking Takeover Challenge™ is a fully developed and tested Community Economic Development Program that generates a minimal viable ecosystem (mve) to support both - Remote Workers AND an Independent Professional Workforce, while at the same time providing opportunities to Local Businesses
Generating economic opportunities and creating new workforce pathways for community members!

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Local Innovation
A Community Generated, Locally Inspired, and Locally Owned solution to High-Impact Workforce Development
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Workforce Development 
Strategic and Future-Focused Economic Development Project that supports the new emerging Independent Professional Workforce
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Resident Attraction
Community Branding Opportunity to attract young families: Freelance and Remote-Work Friendly Towns
and don't forget the Data!
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Data, Data, Data
The local data that you'll collect during the program will allow you to make informed strategic decisions about future development 
Truly the best investment you will make in your rural community! 

Are you looking for a high impact project that you can run this year?

Here's how the 30-Day Challenge works...
The 30-day challenge culminates in a Coworking Takeover Week™ where business owners and anyone with under-utilized space transform it into coworking space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers for one week.

The first 3 weeks of the challenge are all about community outreach and education - what coworking is, what the challenge is, why it's important, and how to get involved.

The 4th week is the Coworking Takeover Week™ itself where freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers are in the community enjoying all of the newly available coworking spaces and services. 
What's the Coworking Challenge?
Challenge Facilitator Training and Certification Program
Before you plan and run your Challenge you will participate in a weeklong Facilitator Training Program that will certify you to run the Challenge. (IN YOUR TIME ZONE) Not only will this training give you the skills and confidence to run the Coworking Takeover Challenge, but it will also give you the tools and knowledge to coordinate and lead ANY community project. The training is not a one-off investment: it's a leadership opportunity that will benefit your community for years to come.   

Your Challenge Toolkit Will Have Everything You Need For Success During Your 30 Days
When you run the Coworking Takeover Challenge™ you'll get access to our toolkit with video lessons, email scripts, social media scripts, press releases checklists, slide decks, and much much more. (Every single document you'll need to run the event)

Support During the Challenge
Just because you've had the training and you've been given all of the tools and resources necessary to run the Challenge doesn't mean that you'll be left without support during the Challenge month. We're in this together! You'll have Q & A online support from Rural On Purpose throughout the Challenge. 

One more thing...
What Comes Next After The 30 Days?
The Coworking Takeover Challenge™ will come and go in just 30 days, but the development doesn't end there! You've worked hard to identify freelancers, remote workers, and home-based business owners in your community and you've introduced coworking spaces as a new opportunity to your business community...now you need to keep that momentum going by supporting them. 
A facilitated Lessons Learned and Next Steps Session by Rural on Purpose
after the Coworking Takeover Week™ 
The end of the Challenge is just the Beginning! We will schedule a facilitated session after the Challenge to help you assess the Desirability, Feasibility and Viability of Coworking in your community and create a roadmap for further development  

Would you like to connect with the freelancers, remote workers, entrepreneurs, and home-based business workers in your community?

The Coworking Takeover Challenge is different
The Coworking Takeover Challenge™ is NOT just some "course" that you'll never use...

It combines the right industry KNOWLEDGE...

With the plan, resources, and system you need to IMPLEMENT...

The support you need to DELIVER...

AND the local expertise to STRENGTHEN your newly established ecosystem.

What's one of the biggest challenges with new initiatives? 

It's almost NEVER a lack of knowledge that's the problem - It's a lack of Execution and Follow-up!

Would you like to help make your community the destination of choice for freelance and remote work professionals?

This Challenge is NOT for everyone!
If you want to include the Challenge in your Strategic Plan, take the training and say, 
"Thanks; that was great infoand never actually do anything with it, 
that's entirely up to you. 

(But chances are, nothing will actually change in your community. 
If that's what you want to do, then this challenge is probably not for you.)


If you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do some work...

If you want to be trained and supported by the Challenge team and have them lead you in the right direction... 

Then we invite you to accept the Coworking Takeover Challenge™, introduce coworking options into your community, and start creating momentum as you build a Freelance and Remote Friendly community. 
A reminder of what you get...
This Is All Included In The Challenge Package
Before The Challenge...
  • 1 week of in-person Challenge Facilitation Training​ (for as many participants as you want)
  • Access to All Challenge Facilitation Training Material
  • ​Official Challenge Facilitator Certification upon completion of training
During  The Challenge...
  • ​Use of branded Coworking Takeover Challenge™ and Coworking Takeover Week™ creatives
  • Online Q&A support by Rural on Purpose for the duration of your 30 Day Challenge
After  The Challenge...
  • ​Facilitated "Lessons Learned" and Next Steps Session with Rural On Purpose - to assess future development potential.

Please book a call to discuss pricing and to book Training Dates. 

Why book a call? 
This may be our first conversation but our goal is to build a relationship as we collectively commit to growing and supporting a freelance/remote work ecosystem in your community.
We want to ensure:

1. Your goals are aligned with ours (to introduce, or build on, sustainable coworking options in your community)

2. You understand your commitment (Challenge Facilitation Training must be completed before running the Challenge)
3. You have a Challenge Leadership Team in place (community
 development is a team effort, after all),

4. You have High Speed Internet (an absolute must!)

5. There is no duplication in your region - no-one else is scheduled to run the Challenge.

6. It's a good fit for both of us! (We will be working closely with you throughout the entire process - facilitator training, Challenge month, and post-challenge support)

***If you can not meet during the booking times, please email Mary Doyle (CEO, Rural on Purpose) at mary@ruralonpurpose.com for other options. We don't want to miss having this important conversation. 
Here is an example of the type of information you'll learn about 
your own community and why it's critical that we approach 
Rural Economic Development with Rural Solutions.
Don't forget to use the hashtag, 
Read our BLOGS on Coworking...
How well do you know your community? Are you struggling with any of these issues:

* Youth Retention and Attraction (and staying relevant)
* Engaging your Solopreneurs and Freelancers
* Supporting your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 
* Understanding the "Gig" Economy and how it fits in Rural Communities

Is coworking something your community wants?

Coworking Takeover Challenge

Results Showcase 

Blind Spots

What Rural Communities are Not Seeing. 

From Play Dates to Membership Mingles

Who is behind the Co-working craze and why? 

Co-working — Ideology or Big Business?

The industry itself and where it's headed.

Rural Co-working — a conundrum

Where does all of this leave Rural? 
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