I’ve been dreading telling you about this idea because I would not be surprised if people didn’t rush to take all the spaces available.
For those of us who can or do work from home there is one little tiny downside of the home office. Two maybe.
The first is that it can get lonely at times. Yes, there is some value to human interaction and the parts I miss most from working in an office are the things that happen when you are just walking down the hall and running into coworkers. I’ve even been tempted to go hangout at the Wake Weekly offices and just sit in a corner and watch real journalists work.
The second issue is if you ever have to meet a customer or client. Your home or bedroom office might not be the best place to go. For me the issue would be my barking dogs who I love. It’s hard to make the best presentation you can when you are constantly yelling, “shut the fuck up” and then saying to the important visitor, “No, not you.”
So the current alternative for home workers is to meet at a local coffee place or other location. Not the best solution. You just know everyone is eavesdropping because they are sitting there all silent with nothing to listen to, but you.
If you really want to see massive business conducted just go before lunch or in the afternoon to the Panera Bread down by Triangle Town Center. The amount of water filters, insurance, and makeup that is sold there is impressive.
But out of the blue comes Matthew Kimsal with a great idea. Kimsal launched Wake Forest Coworking to keep us home-working reprobates off the streets.
While the place might not be real fancy, it’s also not real expensive. Bonus!
“The support for coworking spaces in the Triangle has been growing over the last several years, and I’m glad to help develop a coworking space in Wake Forest,” said owner Michael Kimsal. “We’ve seen both Durham and Raleigh growing coworking communities, and Wake Forest’s growth makes it a great place to open our doors for local workers.”
“I freelance so I can set my own schedule, but the trade-off is that I often find myself working alone. Wake Forest Coworking solves that problem,” said Matthew Bass, an independent software developer coworking at Wake Forest Coworking. “I enjoy the support I get from others without having to deal with the politics of a regular office job.”
Brett Geoffrey, a WordPress consultant in Wake Forest, agreed. “I’ve got 24/7 access to a location where I can do work on my schedule, meet clients and give presentations in a conference room, and I get to tap in to some great brain power from others when I need it.”
In addition to shared desk space, members have access to a conference room with projector, whiteboards for brainstorming, and unlimited coffee and soft drinks to keep them fueled. I suspect there are even restrooms available with all that fluid flowing.
“It’s really like a gym membership for your business,“ said digital strategist David Shives. “I like having one flat price instead of getting nickel-and-dimed for extras.”