[EMS Discuss] New space (out of thread question).

Wed Sep 4 23:54:04 PDT 2013

I might be interested in renting a space myself.  I've been looking at 
single person offices that range from $150-$250 a month depending on the 
size, location, quality, amenities, etc.  That is for a non-shared room 
with a locking door.  Some of the spaces have offices that could be 
subleased to a guy like me to help subsidize the rent.  In addition to 
the financial advantages, I think it helps EMS to have a person or two 
onsite a lot of hours each week to greet visitors, receive packages, and 
generally give the space more of a feel like there is always something 


On 9/4/2013 8:31 PM, Sam Foster wrote:
> At my last space, there was member who used the space daily and was 
> building a business using the facilities. He (voluntarily) paid a 
> premium rate and I believe invested some of his own money in equipment 
> and, electrics.
> We also discussed the possibility of renting deskish space out, 
> running a co-working space and the range of options in between. The 
> issue was always finding a space that was suitable for the lathes, 
> table saws and similar noisy/dirty/dusty tools, that also provided 
> cleaner, quieter space for computerish and cleaner crafts/making work. 
> This does exist - lots of businesses require an office in back or 
> above the shop floor. But its not usually large enough to have space 
> left over to rent out. Walls can be built though..  (FWIW I think 
> having a dust-free section to the space would go a long way towards 
> increasing the diversity of the people and activities associated with 
> EMS)
> I currently rent a desk at codechops. I pay $100/mo for unlimited 
> access, with no reserved or dedicated-to-me desk. Its a pretty good 
> deal. For me (as a fairly typical remote worker) I need reliable wifi, 
> desk and chair, a bathroom, mini-kitchen (or even just a coffee 
> machine). and few distractions during the 9-5 period. Codechops being 
> smack in the middle of downtown is a plus, mostly for lunch and 
> coffee/snack options. I don't think the kind of people interested in 
> codechops or that kind of co-working office space are the same people 
> who might want to lease space in or next to a maker-space. I think 
> there you are more into the entrepreneur, prototyping-phase 
> small/bootstrapped business. But I could be wrong.
> There are other models out there. Artist studios usually provide a 
> cube with some shared facilities. I can see that being an interesting 
> mix. Then there's this place started up while I was in Leeds - they 
> bring in a lot of local craftsy businesses and designer/creatives: 
> http://www.duke-studios.com/ .. But for any of these options to go 
> anywhere I think you need to start with a commitment from someone who 
> is motivated to make this side of the project happen. That might be a 
> partnership with an existing group or someone who's spotted a gap in 
> the market and wants to make it happen. It wont just fall out and 
> happen by itself though.
> /Sam
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