Pull Up a Desk
The co-working trend is staking its (shared) spaces throughout Westchester.
STARK OFFICE SUITES
First, we had co-workers. Now we have co-working. Haven’t heard of it? Co-working is the new term for sharing office space with like-minded individuals who want to have all the resources of a work place without the high overhead. Depending on the space, you could pay by the hour, the day, the month, or the year.
The concept has been around just about as long as the home office idea, but has taken off in the last few years, partly due to the recession. According to Deskmag, an online e-zine, the number of co-working spaces worldwide increased by 17 percent between February and May of this year.
In Westchester, there are three dedicated spaces/services. Here’s the lowdown on each:
STARK OFFICE SUITES
White Plains, Scarsdale, Mount Kisco, and Harrison, plus New York City
The Space: Plush, comfortable, private offices with up-to-the-minute technologies (e.g., smartphone integration for faxes and voicemails) and conference space for up to 50 (depending on location). All locations feature a reception area and other common spaces and a kitchen.
The Fine Print: Virtual Office Packages start at $150/month and full-time offices range from $1,000 to $4,000/month; a commitment of six months is required;
(914) 428-0500; starkoffice suites.com
THE INC. @ THE PURPLE CRAYON CENTER
The Space: This historic former church’s downstairs area has been modernized with a kitchen featuring a bench made from old pews and a handful of rooms, each with two to four desks and a see-through glass wall, making it ideal for individuals who want to be in one room together. There is also community-table-style, drop-in office space with hand-built wood desks and Herman Miller chairs. A generously sized conference room in the middle frames the interior like an indoor courtyard.
The Fine Print: There are different membership levels, ranging from $40 a month to $350 a month for a permanent desk, the latter of which includes a landline and locked file cabinet. All include access to printer/copier/scanner/fax facilities, conference rooms (different hours for different pay structures), discounts on workshops and events, and private phone booth with landline.
The Space: Open, airy, loft-like, with lots of windows. A living-room area with funky couch and chandelier frame the middle with a flat-screen TV with wireless headsets for hanging out, having coffee, holding meetings. There is also a soundproof conference room accommodating up to 10.
The Fine Print: Choose from full-time memberships (5-, 10-, and 20-day passes are $30, $25, $22.50 per day, respectively, with occasional specials, from 9am to 6pm); part-time memberships; or simply come in one day at a time. There is also a w@tercooloer lite option of two days a month for $80, as well as various flexible plans, which are good for six months
(914) 332-1400; watercoolerhub.com