So yesterday when I was running I realized I should stop in the place - Working Village - I've been passing regularly and check it out.
You can get a
- table spot ($5/hour, $29/day/$339/month),
- a small cubicle ($15/hour, $99/day, $995/month), or
- a larger cubicle for $20/hour, $129/day, $1499/month.
The phone booth is for more privacy. Brid, who showed me around, but didn't want to be photographed, said
B: "the $5 an hour was like being in a coffee shop buying coffee"
S: But you get coffee there.
B: We have coffee and treats too.
|Working Village, Santa Monica|
The Working Village does have the great advantage of only being about four blocks from the beach.
(At the Santa Monica/Venice divide.)
I'm not sure that's enough incentive for me. But I'm something of an introvert and can work fine home alone.
Looking online, I found another Santa Monica co-working space - Coloft. It's website pushes the networking possibilities. I liked their guidelines:
"So here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Be awesome and respect others. ‘Nuff said.
- Phone Policy: Phone calls are fine, just talk at a normal volume. If you need privacy, or you have to yell at someone, go use our awesome phone booth. If you are always on the phone, this is not the place for you.
- Introduce yourself to fellow Colofters. They are all awesome.
- If the coffee is out, either let one of us know, or just make a pot yourself! You’ll probably get lot’s of love for brewing good coffee.
- Coloft is an open, collaborative space. We don’t believe in cubicles or private offices. If you want to zone out in your productive world, the universal sign is headphones. We have a bunch. Just ask.
- Keep our space clean. When you leave, another Colofter will most likely sit at that spot. So please keep it clean, take your dirty cups to the dishwasher, and trash your trash."
And they have more flexible options:
I'm all about Virtual Reality.Mailbox, business address, 2 days of work space & access to all awesome Coloft events
Anyone using a place like this regularly? What's your experience?
I also found a place called Desktime where you can search for a temporary office space. But when I looked up Santa Monica, I got neither of these two places and only four places in the whole LA area. They do mention a place in downtown Anchorage.
My EcoDesk is another co-work office search tool.
I know that the United Way in Anchorage has been doing office space sharing for a long time - giving small non-profits a room in a shared space with office amenities - copy machine, etc. - that they can't afford on their own.
[As regular readers would assume, I didn't get any special benefits for writing this. They did offer me a 2 hour free trial, but they offer that to everyone.]