Amy Sivertsen is the CEO and co-founder of COWORKQC, the first coworking space in the Quad Cities area located in Davenport, Iowa. Their mission is to provide a workplace atmosphere that inspires creativity, collaboration, and productivity, prompting connection and allowing individuals to build their business, perfect their craft, and reach the full potential of their unique position or trade.
How old are you?
33 years old.
Where were you raised?
Born and spent early childhood in San Diego, CA, and then spent my adolescence and adulthood in the Midwest – Iowa and Illinois.
What you want to be known for?
I want to be known for making an impact locally and globally and inspiring others to join me or branch out and pursue their own ideas that will ultimately have a positive impact in their communities.
What made you decide to start your venture? Tell us about YOUR WHY.
I have always been about connecting with other people. I was known for putting off schoolwork and tasks to make sure friends were cared for and listened to. When my business partner, Leslie, pitched the idea of a coworking space I immediately latched on to the community and collaboration nature of the industry and wanted in! It is a venture that brings people of various industries and passions into one place where we are daily inspired by each others’ work and expertise.
Did you leave a cozy Corporate job? Or start a side hustle?
COWORKQC started as a side hustle. It was a project to help pass the time. It has grown into a great community and one we are hoping to expand.
What inspires you to keep going when the going gets tough?
When things are tough, or I’m feeling down, I find inspiration through reading books on other’s success stories or grabbing coffee with friends. It’s always nice to have a people on speed dial that act as a sounding board and ultimately are full of endless encouragement.
And finally, we asked Amy to answer these three questions.
My favorite self-care routine is…
Getting up early to practice deep breathing over a steaming cup of coffee and the occasional hot yoga class.
The last book I read was …. Hustle and Float by Rahaf Harfoush
My best advice to fellow female founder is…
Grab coffee with as many people as possible to listen and gather stories of successes and failures as well as listen intently for potential opportunities. Your knowledge is worth something, picking your brain should always come with a fee (charge consulting prices). Finally, never barter – always expect your fair prices and be willing to pay others their prices as well.