People aren’t just buying overpriced lattes and oatcakes.
They’re meeting clients, they’re tweaking websites, they’re studying for finals, they’re grading papers.
Starbucks has long been the office away from your office. Freelance writers, IT consultants, wedding planners, mom bloggers — anyone in need of an office space (and who was tired of being distracted by laundry piles and daytime TV at home) would pack up computers and cords, put on sweats and head to the nearest coffee shop with free WiFi.
I’ve done. In fact, I enjoy writing in noisy cafes where I tend to focus and get more done.
But these spaces aren’t open 24 hours — at least not in Hawaii — and I don’t feel right about spending eight straight hours using a table that I paid for with just one cup of hot chocolate and maybe a piece of lemon cake.
There are places where you can rent desks — per day, per hour, per week, per month — in an office space equipped with printers, coffee machines, meeting spaces and, yes, free WiFi.
This new workspace concept has exploded in popularity around the world, with co-working facilities on nearly every continent. (Check out this co-working wiki for a list of cities.)
Honolulu got its first co-working space — The Box Jelly — last month and already the group is looking to open new locations in downtown, off Nimitz Highway and on the North Shore.
I visited the site last week and, for $10 a day, it’s a great option to the busy, noisy, bustling coffee shops, which don’t have printer services or refrigerators where I can store my home lunch and Diet Coke.
Too bad I have an actual office. I’d consider working here, instead.