It’s the day after Labor Day I wanted to share an intriguing idea known as coworking. Many of you are familiar with sharing tenant services for small companies that are unable to rent their office, but would like to benefit from an array of common services like conference rooms, fax machines reception spaces, other such things. What if the $400 or so per month charge for these services is far from the mark for a new business owner? What if working at a coffee shop or any other Wi-Fi free location doesn’t seem professional enough? Between these scenarios is when coworking is a good idea. coworking space

Coworking has many names, such as it being the “Jelly” movement that was started with Amit Gupta. The concept is that people who are looking for more than the virtual world of tweeting, emailing and blogging online could get out of their homes and spend time with others who are doing their job as well. The idea is to build an online community of like-minded individuals however, they come from different backgrounds as well as different skill sets and hobbies – similar to your neighborhood Faceless Big Company Cubicle Warren. Bring your laptop and cellphone, connect them to an internet connection and enjoy the complimentary coffee. It’s a good deal “rent” is affordable – approximately $50 per month or perhaps less, based on the frequency you have to be present. Certain facilities offer more amenities like multiple-line phone systems and conference rooms, while others have fewer. They’re all a step above Starbucks but.

There are a lot of sources available on coworking.info and the main workatjelly site lists places in major cities which includes one located in St. Louis. Therefore, in the interest of studying I went to their location this week and was awed by the idea. The coworking space is located in an area of residential development located at the southernmost point in the town, just a couple of blocks from to the Mississippi River. It’s actually an old house that is owned by Lisa Rokusek, complete with complete kitchen, bathroom, and the guest bedroom. Lisa is a recruiter living nearby and initially renovated the home as a guesthouse , before she started coworking. Then she’s addicted to the concept and is working on other properties, too. There are about ten of her regular coworkers that visit every week to a couple of times throughout the month.coworking

You’d think those who hire applicants for new jobs would prefer something more discreet however Lisa is adamant that this concept works for her. She doesn’t require a full-time working 9-to-5 because she’s often visiting clients in their workplaces. When she requires privacy when she’s outside, she’ll take her cellphone to make a phone call. “And it creates a feeling of transparency, as they can see the process by which sausages are created,” she told me.