Co-Working

15 Feb

Never heard of it before, but it’s a way for freelancers, coders, and others who generally do their work alone to trade over to a collaborative atmosphere with other like-minded, similarly employed people.

Here’s one I read about in Montreal. My high school French enables me to understand that it costs $300/month for unlimited access, and less for less frequent 9-5 access. Plus, wi-fi is included, as are access to two conference rooms, a lounge, and a kitchen.

Since the future of this region rests in large part on entrepreneurship and small business creation, something like this in downtown Buffalo might be a fantastic idea.

10 Responses to “Co-Working”

  1. Buffalo Blood Donor February 15, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    You have the day off today, don’t you?

    BBD

  2. Jim Lindley February 15, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    Isn’t Artspace looking for a use for the building next door to their project that they own? Could work well for co-working.

  3. lulu February 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    A similar concept has been attempted here in Buffalo. Check out:
    http://www.huntcommercial.com/Property_Listings/thumbs/341%20Linwood%20Presentation.pdf

    A few years back our company was forced to move out of our building immediately and we went temporarily to home offices while searching for office space. At the time there was a shared office environment on Linwood that provided some common services (receptionist, copy machine, fax etc.)and a “place to go” other than ones home. Not sure if this hits the mark exactly, and I am not sure whatever became of it, but it seems similar to me.

  4. KP February 17, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    @Jim Lindley: Now you’re talking. Although I have to throw out there, most freelancers have high-speed access at home, don’t work 9-5 hours (often a big reason why they’re independent), and so might be a little gun-shy about paying $300/month on top of the $40 they pay each month for high-speed Internet at home.

  5. Kara February 19, 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    I think of my local Panera Bread as a place like this – well lit, good food, and a social atmosphere – and free wifi!

  6. John Krytus February 22, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    I think its such a great idea that I’ve invested a ton of money into developing my space at 327 Niagara (at virginia). We’ll be looking for our first tenants within the next 30 days!

    http://www.krytus.net/Site/327_Niagara.html

    Included will be:
    – 24/7 access
    – a private 10x10ish office (semi-furnished)

    My current plan is to keep the rents very reasonable

  7. john krytus February 22, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    (sorry! i double-blogged)

    I think its such a great idea that I’ve invested a ton of money into developing my space at 327 Niagara (at virginia). We’ll be ready for our first tenants within the next 30 days!

    http://www.krytus.net/Site/327_Niagara.html

    Included will be:
    – 24/7 access
    – a private 10×10ish office (semi-furnished)
    – high speed wireless
    – (at least) one conference room and a second conference “area”
    – common lounge area with comfy furniture and fireplace
    – kitchenette (complete with great self-serve coffee)
    – parking
    – a view of City Hall
    – easy on/off of the thruway

    My current plan is to keep the rents very reasonable ($225ish) and slowly raise them to wherever the market sets it.

    Coincidently, our plan actually calls for a Panera Bread meets Spot Coffee kind of feel.

    My hope is that there are people out there that not only work independently, but that also need to meet with clients in a professional setting.

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