10 years ago, I had an idea. A good idea. But before I could get started, I needed to find a place to work. One thing I discovered very quickly was home didn’t work. Between the family and the dog, I could never get anything done. And there was a lot to get done.
Coffee shops were not the answer. I hated giving out business cards without an address. Perspective clients were not impressed. And the people I wanted to work with didn’t believe I had a real business. I did spend a lot of time sitting around small tables in uncomfortable chairs, drinking fancy, overpriced coffee though.
What else could I do? The time and expense to setup an office didn’t really seem feasible. The infrastructure and IT setup seemed overwhelming. Where would I find the time? Could I really afford not to? Was there another way?
Well, yes, there was. I was one of the lucky ones. I worked in the technology industry. My big idea got funded and we landed in a technology incubator. I had the good fortune of working in a shared office environment that let me focus on my idea. Which became a thriving business. I had a mailing address, a shared conference room, a scalable professional office space that I increased as I grew. Or shrank when I hit a rough patch. I had everything I needed right at my fingertips.
Just as importantly, I had complementary businesses all around me I could consult with. It was miraculous. All of these things were in place for me. I spent the next 7 years transforming industry after industry through a software technology with infinite possibilities. Until I had enough. So, I sold my company and here I am.
Well, thanks to that experience, I had another idea. I wondered why it should be that tech companies like mine got so much while other companies did not. I also wondered why big companies seem to have it easier and get all the special perks. I thought, all kinds of business should have the opportunity to get such a great start.
Let’s bring a collaborative work environment to companies like yours. With businesses that could help each other out. That need an affordable business address. Furnished professional office spaces. And everything that goes with it. Except the headaches of setup and maintenance.
With all of these things in place for you, there is no doubt in my mind, you will have what you need to make a real run at your idea, impress your clients, focus on your business—all while avoiding the headache of setting up and maintaining your own office space.