Calling all entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals. We are building a coworking community like Logan has never seen, and it all starts with our Grand Opening Nov. 17 @ 11:30 AM. We will be raffling off a 6 month dedicated workspace ($1,000 value)--the perfect gift for the entrepreneur in your life. Hope to see you there!
Welcome to Habitat Logan. The place where you can start or continue your life's work of creating beautiful companies and products. Our first event coming up is our Ribbon Cutting, November 17th @ 11:30 AM. We'd love to have everyone out for it.
This is our first event of many to be held in our space to help grow entrepreneurship in the valley and become a central force enabling people to start their first company or their 10th company.
One of the big factors in my starting this co-working space is that I worked at a co-working space in Ogden, UT for around a year and saw firsthand all the benefits that came from working in such a space. When I was moving back to Logan, I wanted to have that same beneficial environment that I had in Ogden, here in Logan.
I thought it would be good to cover for those new to the concept what co-working is and how it can benefit you.
First, what is a co-working space?
Harvard Business Review defines it as "membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting". link
Why do we need co-working spaces?
"The journey of an entrepreneur can be quite a lonely, especially when you’re bootstrapping everything from the ground up by yourself. It’s a tough, lonely journey which can have pretty negative effects on you as a founder. Not a lot of people understand the processes of entrepreneurship and the unique obstacles we encounter, so being cooped up in a bedroom office all day by yourself with your own problems can be pretty daunting. A good way of avoiding this is to rent an area in a co-working space." link
What are some of the benefits of working in a co-working space?
When I lived in Ogden, I spent a few months working from my home. I started out pretty strong, but staying productive after a few months alone was a challenge. There were a lot of distractions, I usually worked in pajamas, and when my family was home it was even more challenging to work. When I was stumped working on a website, I would spend hours looking for a solution and become frustrated and discouraged.
Moving into Startup Ogden helped me be much more productive and professional in my work. Instead of having to switch my mental mindset to work mode, I was now in an office and it happened much more naturally. There weren't near as many distractions around and seeing everyone around me working was motivating.
Everyone in the space was very welcoming and supportive. Now when I had a question, I just had to get up and walk a few seats away and get an answer from a fellow coworker in just a few minutes instead of hours. As my business grew, I started to lose track of some of the projects, a few seats away was the advice I needed to manage projects better. Just about any task I was looking to take on, there was a member in the space that had a greater level of expertise than I did that was more than happy to give advice and genuinely try to help me to succeed.
When my business grew to the point of wanting to hire my first employee, others were more than happy to share their experiences with me and even share names of candidates with me that they had interviewed for a similar position, but had not hired. Adding another employee to the space was easy as well, just one more membership, month to month contract, no obligation.
This is one of the great things that I like about co-working spaces. Starting a business is scary, it's lonely, you have no idea if things are actually going to work out. The co-working space helps eliminate many of the obstacles you face when starting a business. No more year long lease agreements, you can work independently, but not alone, a group of people trying to achieve the same thing as you with a broad range of expertise that they are happy to share.
"Co-working spaces can ease some of the stress of starting a new business and provide valuable resources and connections you won't find anywhere else. They're popular for the flexibility they offer new businesses, but the real value is in their assisted serendipity: the informal conversations and the expert advice members are happy to offer one another." link
After searching the internet I came across something called the Coworking Manifesto that contained a code of conduct for the co-working community that I really liked.
THE VALUE/THE CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE COMMUNITY
We have the talent. We just need to work together. Different environments need to overlap, to connect and to interact in order to transform our culture. In order to create a sustainable community based on trust, we value:
- collaboration over competition
- community over agendas
- participation over observation
- doing over saying
- friendship over formality
- boldness over assurance
- learning over expertise
- people over personalities
- "value ecosystem" over "value chain"
I hope that we can create these same type of benefits at Habitat Logan and that our startup community grows a long with it. We look forward to meeting all of you next month.
We are are excited to announce that we will be opening next month! We are getting much closer on our construction and should have all our painting done next week. Then it's just floor coverings, furniture, and a few other final details and then we'll be ready for business.
Our forever discount is still available. Just make your deposit before we open and we'll give you 10% off for the life of your membership.
We can't wait to get started working with everyone and are working on planning a great launch event in the meantime.
We are checking in to give you an update on the construction process. You’ll notice in my last post that I thought we would open the space near the end of April, but construction is always slower than you’d hope. That said, the countdown is on and we are aiming for a grand opening sometime in the next month or two. We'll keep you posted on our exact date as it gets closer.
Also, we are making one last push for the forever discount, so spread the word. We will be ending that discount soon. This is your chance to take 10% off all of our membership plans, for the life of your membership!
P.S. follow us on Instagram @habitat_logan
This week only we are offering 20% off all membership plans, FOREVER! To qualify, make your deposit to reserve your space.
Construction is still moving forward, the exterior windows are in and everything is on schedule to open the new space near the end of April.
It's only been 12 months since I decided I was going to launch this space...ha. Projects always seem to take longer than you initially anticipate. At the beginning we were going to be renting a space, then that space went to new ownership and the opportunity to buy a space came up and the math looked a lot better, so we decided to do that. It's taken a lot longer the start the construction that I expected, but it's going strong now. The building and our space should be completed in the Spring of 2016.
Now that we're making some progress on the building we are going to start doing some marketing for the space and we would greatly appreciate if you share this with anyone and everyone who may have some interest in a space like this.
Ps. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on how we can make this space as awesome as possible.
There have been a few changes to our plans recently and I wanted to let everyone know about them. For starters, instead of moving into the space we had lined up this Spring, we've decided to move into a brand new space that is much larger, 3500 sq.ft. vs 2300, and more affordable as well. The space is currently working it's way through the construction process and will be complete at the end of this summer. It will be right next to the Alpha Graphics building that we were looking at previously. We are hoping to launch at the end of August or the beginning of September once the building is finished.
In the last space we were looking at we were going to have two large rooms on the upper floor. In the new space, we will have a whole section of the building, main floor and upper floor, which gives us a lot more flexibility.
One other recent update is that we discovered that Century Link has been laying fiber lines all throughout Cache Valley and that we will be able to get fiber at the new building! We are super stoked about that (even though we don't love Century Link) and know it will be a huge benefit to everyone who comes to work in the space. If any of you out there haven't had the opportunity to surf the web using a fiber connection, its better than the chronicles of gnarnia.
We are working hard at developing partnerships in the community that will benefit our members and lining up additional amenities to make the space an even more awesome place to work that it was already going to be.
We look forward to seeing you later this summer at the awesome launch party we are planning and can't wait to work with everyone.