Don’t want to work from home? There’s a co-working space for that
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About six months ago, Alex Silverstein moved his business out of a home office and into Saratoga CoWorks.
The move to a co-working space, where Silverstein has a small, private office space and shares common space and other amenities with Saratoga CoWorks’ members, has helped Silverstein make connections to grow his business, Unified Digital.
“That’s what co-working is all about: Connecting people,” says Dorothy Rogers-Bullis, an owner of drb Business Interiors, which furnishes offices, libraries, schools and other organizations.
She opened Saratoga CoWorks at 153 Regent Street in 2014. Today, Saratoga CoWorks has about two dozen members and is also used by people who purchase one-day passes. Monthly membership starts at $250 and day passes start at $25.
Saratoga CoWorks is one of several co-working options in the region. In the past several years, there’s been an increase in the number of co-working spaces in the Albany area.
That growth is in line with national trends. Gramercy Communications CEO Tom Nardacci and his team have visited a number of co-working spaces across the country as research for the Troy Innovation Garage, a co-working space currently under construction.
Co-working spaces in the U.S. have increased from one location in 2005 to more than 700 in 2013, according to a report from a commercial real estate development association. More on that report from Boston Business Journal.
Tracy Metzger of TL Metzger & Associates opened Beahive in downtown Albany with 11 members in 2012. Those who work out of Beahive say it’s an antidote to the loneliness that can accompany working from a home office. The Beahive is home to programers, an architect, an attorney and several consultants, among others.
“This seemed like the absolutely perfect place to be,” said Ava Charne, administrative director for The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. She and a co-worker moved into the Beahive last summer, after the organization moved out of a larger office in Delmar.
Electric City Innovation Center, founded by former GE executives, is the newest co-working space in the area. One goal of the center in Schenectady is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship.
“This is where you want to go not just because it’s a cool space, but because you can be connected to service providers and technologists,” said Bill Kernick, executive director of the center, told the Albany Business Review earlier this month.
Megan Rogers reports breaking news and covers education.