I’ve been following the growth of coworking for a little while now. Watching as more and more cities pop up on the list and the wiki, I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring. My firm, CivicActions is a totally virtual company with no offices anywhere. I have been working from Seattle, mostly, over the last few months, and have decided I need to get out of the house. Unfortunately I am addicted to a second monitor and averse to the sound of coffee grinders and loud cell phone talkers making the cafe circuit and impractical solution for me.
Today I started looking for suitable spaces to start a coworking space. I have found two with promise, so far. I need coworkers though! I figure that $100 a month is about what coworking is worth to me, maybe a little more, maybe a little less. I’ve got a few potential office spaces in this one location in Fremont that would work if there were 5 to 10 people willing to pay in monthly for a space.
Some details on the space: 450 sqr ft in an office building, it’s divided into 3 rooms, 2 that are like “private” offices (with windows to the outside and frosted windows to the inside) and then one large room that is interior only. Rent: about $600 a month on a month to month lease, all utils except internet are included. I’d estimate $60 for internet monthly from speakeasy.net. We’d probably need to paint and get some furniture, so there might be an “initiation” fee to raise that capital. I know I am getting ahead of myself, but this is how serious I am about getting this going.
All I need are some people! So if you know of anyone in the Seattle area who might be interested in a full time, or part time coworking arrangement, send them my way! Fremont is in northern Seattle. This place is on 40th street and Aurora (hwy 99), a 10 minute walk from lots of shops, a few minutes walk from some buses and Fremont Ave.
See the wiki for these same details and to add your ideas and thoughts.