August 29, 2011 at 7:10 PM

CoWorking - Thinking Outside the Box

“I’m not a small business. I’m a small small business.”

By Polly White

Santa Fe Business Musings

Polly White is a local business owner, active community member and astronomy geek.

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Raul Chico Goler says this is why he shares his workspace. This idea of shared workspace has been catching on all over the country in the last few years.  It was Wayne and Susan Nichols that decided it was just what Santa Fe needed. CoLAB opened last February and is now home to Raul Chico Goler and other independent professionals. Goler, a graphic and web designer says “I was tired of working at home. When I am here at CoLAB, I am much more focused and self-disciplined. It is also much nicer to bring clients here, rather than meeting in a coffee shop. We have a great conference room, and everything I need is here.” He appreciates the high-speed internet and the new printer/copier. All of the CoLAB residents agree that having minimal overhead ($250/mo) and such a great environment were very enticing to them. The space is clean, modern, and equipped with everything for a busy contemporary office.

Best of all ~ the people at CoLAB have each other.  It’s irrelevant that they don’t work for the same business, when it comes to work, people just need to be able to share ideas and get some feedback. Being able to run a small business in the midst of others doing the same thing is really valuable. They have a built-in support network. This is a terrific new way of looking at how people work together. As their website says: “Awesome stuff happens.”  There is much to be gained from sharing the space, the overhead, and the positive energy in a place like CoLAB. They still have a few spaces for innovative folks who want to get in on this.

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