Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Coworking in Hinesburg? Why not?

Wait, what's coworking? From Wikipedia,

"Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation.Coworking is also the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other."

And, surely you can't be serious.

Of course we're serious. It's not just for urban areas. It's for the 'burbs and rural communities too.

Hinesburg and surrounding towns have a healthy dose of solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, and free agents that love this little corner of Chittenden County.

The old "commute to the office", while still part of many of our daily lives, is not what it used to be.

Folks like flexibility. They want to work from home BUT the isolation can be deafening. They want short commutes to leave room for fun things in their lives. Yet, working remotely either full-time or part-time can be isolating and downright depressing.

For me, it's about being easily available for activities as my oldest child enters school this fall, and minimizing non-value-added time in my day - like driving. It also means spending more time in the place I live, the place I'm putting down some roots. That has value.

It'll be a place to share professional struggles, find solutions, maybe a new client of business partner. Plans include a partnership with CVU to offer students the chance to work on interesting projects with members, gaining real world experience and strengthening community connections.  

So, a few folks are working on this coworking and networking idea. It's a merger of things that've been percolating here for a while, and informal market research with laptop wielding folks at The Bristol Bakery.

There's a real need to foster community connections between people that work remotely in the same town.  Supporting those networked connections with a physical a community space is part of the puzzle.

We're forming HinesburgHUB believing that work-at-home folks, corporate knowledge workers, cultural creatives, and solo-preneurs value social connections as much as they value their independence. And need personal and professional support from time-to-time to achieve their visions.

Our mission is to connect folks and bring them together in a collaborative, supportive, easily accessible and affordable fusion of virtual and real-world office-place, and community third space.

So, maybe you'll join us?

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