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Web Developers Make Money Sharing Office Space


Berit Coleman, Co-Founder
Affinity Lab
 http://www.affinitylab.com/

See how marketing and public relations experts, designers, lawyers, videographers, editors, non-profits, journalists, a yogurt company, tech start-up firms take advantage of shared office space.

  Interview Highlights

  • It's a shared office space for small businesses.
  • 65 companies have anywhere from 1 to 6 people using the office.
  • You can even come in and use the sofa for the day.
  • It's a big open environment with lots of excitement.
  • It's very informal but you can bring in clients and use the conference room.
  • Some companies take turns and share the same desk.
  • Hours are great: open 24/7.
  • Classes are offered on marketing, programming etc..
  • There is a class now with 25 people learning how to make phone apps.
  • Affinity Lab started 12 years ago when they launched their IT company and their office space was too big for them so they looked for folks to share the space.
  • They are all like-minded entrepreneurs who exchange ideas and contacts.
  • Different businesses help each other such as marketing and PR experts, designers, lawyers, videographers, editors, non-profits, journalists, a yogurt company, tech start-up firms, etc.
  • It's a good place for jobs because these companies are growing and are hiring.
  • Entrepreneurs meet here and create separate companies.
  • You can rent by the month so you don't have to pay if you go out of town unlike most office space that require 1 to 3 year leases.
  • Some people are running 2 or 3 businesses out of here.
  • The great benefit is you are around other entrepreneurs who are struggling to start their business.
  • The cost starts at $325 per month and you can use the space as much as you want 24/7.
  • There are other co-working spaces but they have different model, some are for artists, government contractors, etc..
  • Affinity Lab succeeded at getting a loan from the Washington DC Economic Partnership.
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