One of the greatest phenomenon’s of the modern professional world is the notion of Co-Working. Sharing space and costs within a community. But more importantly, it’s about building connections.
There are now co-working spaces available in literally every corner of the world. From Detroit to Denver, Taiwan to Teheran, entrepreneurs are coming together and bringing their ideas into their shared spaces.
From 2000 to 2014 the location trend for professionals was telecommuting. Saving gas money, being more present in the lives of their families – these were benefits of working from home offices. But the price to be paid was an emotional one: most at-home workers felt isolated from their peers and void of the professional interactions they previously enjoyed when working out of the home.
The answer became simple: What if we find a space that feels like home, but without the interruptions of the kids, the spouse, the dogs, the Amazon deliveries? What if we could rent a space with all the amenities we need – wifi, kitchen, mail service, maybe even some administrative support – but share the expenses with others?
Thus began the birth of Co-working. For the last two years more and more individuals are choosing to share space with other professionals. And it’s not just business owners – many employees are able to save their company significant amounts of rent and utilities by co-working. This also satisfies a municipal quandary – what to do with all the empty office spaces? Some closed due to telecommuting trends, many more due to economic closures. There are now malls and office buildings and even government centers that are being repurposed to serve their professional communities.
When you share space, you bring your energy into a shared office environment. Butyou also receive the energy of all those around you. That includes those you co-work with and the clients they bring into the office. But that’s not all you share: the costs of utilities, the amenities the office provides, and the responsibility for that space.
The OWN proudly hosts two co-working spaces here in Rapid City. Our original offices above Murphy’s, named The Commons, and now our second location above Firehouse Winery. We have a host of open and closed office spaces, laptop and desktop availability for anyone in our network. Whether you need a daily place to work from, or an occasional place to find focus, The OWN is available.
Nicest of all, you don’t have to make a long-term commitment if you only occasionally need the space. Teaching a class or seminar? Need a place for a private meeting with clients? Our Conference Room (above Murphy’s) is fully set up with a desk, podium, comfortable chairs and a projection screen for your presentations. We’ll also have a private office available during the last two months of 2016. Each of these can be rented by the hour, the day, the week, the month or the year. The OWN is excited to have the flexibility to meet your growing demands – including the unexpected ones!
Please contact Veronica if you’d like to learn more about renting co-working space at The OWN!
Blog written by Lisa Ann Gallagher of Evergreen Script Services