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Time for a Shared Workspace?

Time for a Shared Workspace?

Starting my own business and giving up morning coffee. Two HUGE decisions I’ve made recently. Somehow in this cruel world (just kidding, the world is not cruel – only a little grumpy until I get over that morning non caffeine hump), finding a space to work without interruption involves a place that smells of delicious coffee and baked goods.

Maybe it’s time to set up in a shared office space? What would be the benefits? Is a shared work space a huge commitment? Here’s what I’m learning so far: per Yelp,  San Antonio has LOTS of these communities to choose from. It’s by no means a new concept, I just didn’t realize how on board we were.

Geekdom

Their mission statement, “We provide an environment where we empower and inspire innovators in order to transform our world for the better.”

Downtown Geekdom seems to be the largest in many ways of these shared environments. You can rent a community space starting at $50 a month. And they have helpful staff, no contracts, no long term commitments. They are in a constant mode of partnership and community involvement. And free Rosella coffee.  (Brilliant)

Moade Center

Moade Center is close to the airport and has convenient parking. Prices are a little higher (starting at $75 a month) but could that be worth not having to deal with downtown parking? Support staff on location. Funny, they also offer coffee. 

 

The Impact Guild

I came across this workspace in social media recently.  When you join The Impact Guild, you can choose an entrepreneur to donate a portion of your first month’s rent. Not just any entrepreneur, but an entrepreneur around the world supported by KIVA microloans. Read about Kiva microfunding here: https://www.kiva.org/

This shared workspace offers “Lunch and Learns” and creative team opportunities. It is located at 708 W. Summit. This is a great location for downtown and near Loop 410. Shared  space starts at $75 a month.

“Our vision is to spark conversations and equip people to use their skills, passions
and vocations to engage real-world needs.”

Venture X

I really like this aesthetic from the outside. I can see how entrepreneurs outside 1604 would find this location useful. Also, the prices seem to be competitive and reviews are great. The difference is that it runs as a franchise. Not sure if the member benefits would transfer to other locations. Also, coffee.

Here is their mission statement, it’s a little less overwhelming than others I’ve seen.

It’s our mission to help people succeed and enjoy a fulfilling and rich life in doing what they love

VenturePoint Medical Center

This would have been very useful during my pharmaceutical rep days.  Hours and hours in my car and hospital lobbies trying to log in, update, make phone calls, arrange lunches….

I think the interior is a little distracting, but I would definitely get over it if my business kept me in the medical center area. Very convenient!

The common theme throughout these shared work spaces is that they have staff support, membership without long term commitment, and opportunities to network with likeminded entrepreneurs and small business owners. And coffee.

I’d love to know if you use one of these spaces or another here in the San Antonio area!



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