When you don’t want to work at home

Recently, I was at the book launch for Diane Hayne’s new Wildife Rescue Series book. The party was held at Workspace, a shared work environment in a funky part of downtown Vancouver. A shared workspace, like, um, Workspace, is a great option for people who want to work from home — without being at home.

I’m sure Workspace isn’t the only "shared work environment" out there. It picks up on the idea of working in a coffee shop and combines it with VoIP, private meeting rooms, photocopiers, printers…and other independent consultants to keep you company.

If you know of other places like Workspace, let me know. I’ll add them to this post, as a resource for others.

Amy Becker says:

I have a general question – we are an IT company in Vienna, VA using shared office space, but with a very old PBX which will not allow us much flexibility.

We want to use VOIP., instead, and ride over our internet connection BUT the owners of the building insist on charging us a fee (fine!) of $50 per phone (3) to do this — isn’;t this double billing, since we are already paying for the bandwidth for our internet?

Anything in our FCC rules which prohibit this?

Thanks, amy

I’ve created a spot to list all of the work commons that I know about, since we’re in the process of building one in Sackville, NB.

http://www.squidoo.com / commons/

Andrea says:

That’s great, Harold!