Community of Cultivators: Edition 48

By James Tootle On May 17, 2021 In Community Cultivators Blog Series

Community of Cultivators

Here at GCUC we are immensely fortunate to cross paths and work with so many amazing people. Through our work, we’ve cultivated a global community of people we think you should know about.

Community of Cultivators is a blog series we created to introduce you to coworking game changers and connectors. Each month, we’ll release new interviews that we hope inform and inspire you.

Another interview for you! This week we are hearing from Ann Long. Ann is the founder of Liberty Lake Coworking in Liberty Lake, WA. The idea of coworking came to her in 2018. She had started her own consulting business and dreamed of having her own office space to host clients, conduct training classes and a way to separate home life and business. Off she went.

Ann and her husband Steve have lived in the Spokane area for over 20 years and love all that the Inland Northwest has to offer. They love to spend time boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Keep reading to get to know Ann a little better.

Ann Long

Where do you personally feel the most sense of community?

When I’m surrounded by my tribe. The people who get me and are going through the same things I’m going through. When I was raising kids, it was other moms with the same aged children. As an entrepreneur, it is other business owners. It’s like kryptonite for me when I can connect people with each other.

What podcast would you recommend to others and why?

First, I just want to say that podcasts are the bomb! I love them. I have many favorites but am always looking for new ones to expand my brain. One of my top 3 favorites is – Beyond the To Do List hosted by Erik Fisher. I always learn some cool hack on how to be more productive in my business or home life. As entrepreneurs, we all wear many hats which can become overwhelming very quickly. Having some insight from the pros to increase efficiency in getting things done is so helpful for me.

What is one piece of advice you give everyone that works with and/or for you?

Always focus on the customer. Taking the focus away from them can really make things go sideways. Continuously look for ways to improve the customer experience.

If you had $500 to spend – what would you buy?

Google Ads 😊

What advice would you give to someone thinking of becoming an entrepreneur?

Get engaged with other entrepreneurs. You can learn so much from each other. Get involved in mastermind groups or group business coaching. When juggling all the balls, it’s important to stay connected with people, but make it productive. Entrepreneurs often don’t have the resources to spend a lot of money on these things, but if you isolate yourself, not only is it not healthy, but you lose opportunities to learn best practices outside of your industry that might be relevant to you and the health of your business.

Come back next week for another one.