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Rapid Growth For Your Business is at The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft
By Robert Orr, Master of Coworking New Haven @ The Bourse
These days, where can you find office space where you never have to worry about all those hidden charges on top of “rent” that crash any business plan. You know, all the bills for electric, heat, janitorial services, coffee (and all the related refrigerators, sinks, grinders, espresso machines, stocking coffee/tea varieties, microwaves, etc.), common area management (CAM) fees, building insurance, faxing/data plan, wireless services, printing, toilet paper, staples, rubber bands, etc., etc., etc. They never seem to stop. All month. Every month. All year. And how about the responsibility of finishing a term lease if business heads south, not to mention the hefty deposit up front?
Going it alone can be risky AND expensive!
Wouldn’t it be great to forget about all those risks and hidden expenses? Well, you can. Consider the shared workspace AKA coworking option, such as at The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft. Instead of rent and a lease, you pay a fixed amount for services every month. Month to month with no lease, no hidden charges, risk free. If business heads south, or if the weather gets to you and YOU want to head south to sunny climes for a bit, you just interrupt the the whole service like you might for paper delivery back home.
If you’re a Start-Up all the extra expenses can mean the difference of success or failure, and none of the success or failure would have anything to do with the viability of your concept. You could have a brilliant idea killed by toilet paper. Doesn’t make much sense does it. Get hold of yourself. Right now click here and find out the total cost of services here at The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft. You can thank us later, but start off by trying us out free for three days with no obligation and see what you think.
On this subject, here’s a repost from the New York Times about how Start-Ups find peace and tranquility at shared workspace, like The Bourse, New Haven’s Coworking Loft, but in Brooklyn, NY, written by Vivian Lee.
North Brooklyn Start-Ups Find Office Space Is Scarce
At Secret Clubhouse, a communal working space near Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, the co-founders of the digital marketing company Small Girls PR never have to worry about paying the electric bill. They did not have to buy the long white desks they share with other young entrepreneurs. If they want coffee, the machine downstairs is always stocked. And there is always someone else to talk to.
Local officials and real estate brokers say the area lacks enough office space to meet the growing demand.
For the founders, Mallory Blair, 24, and Bianca Caampued, 28, working at Secret Clubhouse — one of several communal, or “co-working,” spaces that house the budding technology and new media community in north Brooklyn — has freed them to expand their business. But with four part-time employees and more on the way, they are starting to think about finding a space of their own.
“We want to stay in this area for sure,” said Ms. Blair, who like Ms. Caampued also lives in the neighborhood. “We could be anywhere, but we choose to be in Brooklyn because that’s where everything’s happening.”
They may find the search for a bigger office rough going. Though there are plenty of start-ups that favor Williamsburg and Greenpoint, developers, local officials and real estate brokers say there is a dearth of office space. Most landlords, lured by the promise of building lucrative apartments in the increasingly popular residential area, are reluctant to devote space to commercial tenants who can pay little and might wither as quickly as they bloom.
For some longtime residents and younger champions of north Brooklyn, the shortage raises the specter of a creative, economically diverse neighborhood turning into just another bedroom community. Will entrepreneurs follow the lead of Kickstarter, which is renovating an old factory in Greenpoint to serve as its long-term headquarters, or will the area’s booming residential market squeeze out everything but wealthy commuters?
“Ultimately, it’s another 100,000 people on the Bedford L train, and are these people contributing to the culture and community of Williamsburg in a way that a start-up like Kickstarter will contribute to the culture and community of the neighborhood?” asked Andy Smith, the events and curriculum coordinator at the Yard, a co-working space on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. “It’s a really interesting time. I see it leaning one way, and I get a little worried.”
Although many buildings have retail space on the first floor, upper-floor offices are hard to come by, according to several people who have recently looked; one broker, Drew Conner of the commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield, said he had had three start-up clients turn to Dumbo or Lower Manhattan in the past year.
There is space, of course. But not much of it meets the needs of fast-changing start-ups, which typically cannot afford to outfit raw industrial rooms with wiring, lighting and carpeting, and require flexible leases and reliable Internet and telephone service.
Filling that gap, for now, are communal offices. Rick Webb, the proprietor of Secret Clubhouse, opened the space last summer after hearing from several friends and acquaintances that they needed desks. He and a broker scoured the neighborhood for four months, finally locating a storefront that landlords were not looking to fill with a bar or a restaurant.
Politicians have begun to take note. Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, a Democrat from Brooklyn, is trying to attract support for a bill that would establish a creative economic zone in north Brooklyn, with incentives for mixed-use developments and a mentorship program for young entrepreneurs.
The idea was hatched after Mr. Lentol’s office interviewed young business owners involved in music, film production, technology and media, who said they wanted to be able to both live and work in the neighborhood.
“Our goal is to stimulate a live-work, idea-driven economy in north Brooklyn,” Mr. Lentol said.
That idea has also found a champion in William Harvey, an artist and designer who moved to Greenpoint in the mid-1980s. “There’s the presumption, ‘Oh, Williamsburg, that’s where all the cool stuff is going to happen,’ and it should be,” he said. “But if we just look forward in terms of how things will be built, it’ll be very difficult to have a sustainable new economy here.”
Part of the problem is zoning: though parts of Williamsburg and Greenpoint are zoned for mixed commercial and residential use, the zoning tilts residential. The bigger issue is supply, or as developers might see it, demand.
“The retail market’s been incredibly strong, the residential market’s been incredibly strong, so unless the site is restricted from doing residential, it’s not a good economic deal to build an office building,” said Jeremiah Kane, a senior adviser to Rubenstein Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm, who said he saw enough companies looking for space in the area to make it a priority for the firm.
He said it was not uncommon for the owners of old factories or warehouses — the kind of industrial building every developer wants — to refuse to sell because they are holding out for their properties to be rezoned for residential use.
“For a lot of tech start-ups, so much of it is about recruiting the right people,” he said, “and as those right people live over in Brooklyn or live over in Williamsburg, being close to them is a real advantage.”At last count, 87 percent of the tenants of the Yard — a sleek co-working space overlooking McCarren Park — lived within a mile of the office.
“The companies that are in Williamsburg are cool — a lot of the ones I know hug the intersection of art and music and technology,” said Cody Brown, 24, who helped create scroll kit, an application that allows those with no coding skills to create Web sites, in a Bushwick apartment where he and his co-founder, Kate Ray, still live. With a round of financing under their belt, Mr. Brown and Ms. Ray, 25, decided they had outgrown their living room. Finding nothing suitable in Williamsburg, their first choice, they landed in a co-working space in SoHo. They said they hoped to come back to Brooklyn.
By VIVIAN YEE
Published: January 20, 2013