With all of the talk of various one- and two-person tech start-ups, social entrepreneurs, and all the other Detroit DIYers getting ink as far and wide as
and the New York Times
for the youth-driven independent entrepreneurial spirit currently thriving in Detroit, there is just a wee small problem that doesn’t get addressed. Many of these folks are just small enough to not need or want an office of their own, whether for financial reasons or issues of plain practicality. What that leaves is a whole lot of remote workers cramming into coffee shops and holing up in their homes for long stretches of the day, day after day after day.
And this is the very ailment that An Office in Detroit
seeks to alleviate.
If you’re a freelancer or a mobile office worker, you may be seeking an alternative to coffee shop culture -- where you never know whether there’s going to be a seat, what the music or atmosphere will be like, or how much you have to keep spending so as not to overstay your welcome. You may also crave some of that human interaction and office camaraderie you gave up when you left the world of nine-to-fivers.
An Office in Detroit is designed to be a co-working space offering the office environment, social interaction, and networking opportunities that satellite workers too often miss out on.
"Maybe you’re not necessarily looking to incubate a business, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to be around other like-minded people," says Hayley Roberts, Communications Director of Michigan Suburbs Alliance and spokesperson for An Office in Detroit.
Located in a 500-square-foot space in the Metropolitan Center for High Technology (2727 Second Ave., Suite 200, Detroit), An Office in Detroit will include all the essentials (WiFi, quiet and communal seating, and a printer, copier and scanner) with plans for eventual 24-hour access. Rates are low and flexible with a variety of membership levels ($5 for day passes, $30/month for regular weekly use, $100/month for unlimited access).
They plan to open March 1.
Source: Hayley Roberts, Communications Director of Michigan Suburbs Alliance and spokesperson for An Office in Detroit
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg
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