Name: Dane Thomson
Company Name: Streets Ahead Social
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?
My name is Dane, I’m a social media consultant and I run Streets Ahead Social. Streets Ahead Social exists to help SMEs grow their businesses through unforgettable social media marketing activities. When I’m not in front of the laptop writing and creating social media strategies, training sessions or social media posts for clients, I’m done up in my best chequered shirt as ‘Edinburgh’s Mr Social Networking’ and out building relationships with the best of the best in the Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Fife business communities.
How do you structure your working week?
My working week varies. There can be days where I am in client offices all day leading strategy meetings, training sessions or there can be days at a time where I am writing and creating client social media posts remotely. It all depends on what time of the year it is.
Why did you feel Strathmore’s ‘Flexi Membership’ was right for your business?
I feel the ‘Flexi Membership’ is right for my business for 3 key reasons.
- I can buy days in advance and plan my workload around these days. I have 2 ‘Strathmore Days’ per week (on average) where I just power through work from 9am-5pm. I call these my ‘writing days’.
- There’s no monthly commitment – which suits me fine for right now. My business is growing quickly, and my quality retainer clients are increasing nicely, however, with my accountant’s hat on (the one of many I wear as a business owner!), I still have another growth stage to reach before I can commit comfortably to the additional, higher monthly cost. ‘The Flexi Membership’ works for me brilliantly right now.
- The cost is very reasonable. £150 plus VAT for 10 days is great value – especially for a City Centre location.
What made you take up this package now?
My business is growing to the point where the odd day coworking in IoD or working in coffee shops just isn’t cutting it anymore. I needed a coworking space that was friendly, professional and equipped with secure WIFI and printing facilities to help me do the best job I can for my clients. That’s where Strathmore came in.
Why did you decide to join Strathmore?
Firstly, I chose Strathmore because the team are so friendly and go out of their way to make sure your coworking experience is THE best – I’ve honestly never met a more friendly coworking space team yet! Secondly, as a social media consultant, I appreciate superb social media marketing when I see it and Strathmore’s is brilliant. They really know their ideal client well.
What do you like about the coworking space?
I love its city centre location. I love the space’s layout – everything from the seating to the kitchen area feels very comfortable and homely. Heading to and from the space helps me separate my personal and work life. When I’m going to Strathmore, I’m ‘going to work’. When I’m leaving Strathmore, I’m ‘going home’… usually to watch a Birds of a Feather episode or 3!
A big thank you to Dane for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. If you’re looking for help with your social media marketing head on over to Streets Ahead Social for more information.