Coffee shops are loud and have no privacy. Working from home is distracting and unproductive. Renting a private office is expensive, time consuming, and isolating. We think it's time to change the way we work, and we're coming together with our community to make that happen. Coworking House (or CoHo as it's affectionately known as) will be a flexible shared office space & vibrant center for business creatives in NH.
It will be open to all, where startups, freelancers, remote employees, students, artists and those who can work anywhere can gather to collaborate, socialize, teach, learn, play and work.
We need your help to build an affordable place where people can work happier, be more successful and thrive.
We've found a beautiful 3 story building in the heart of Milford, NH, conveniently between Nashua, Manchester, and Peterborough, and are excitedly transforming it into the hub we all need. We have one investor who's helping with some of the build out costs, but now we are raising funds to cover outfitting costs - because we all want this to be a gorgeous space that we're all excited to work in.
What, specifically, is going to be included?
Open coworking space, designated locking desks, private offices, conference rooms, phone booths, a library, audio/visual room, a mother's room, and a place for your kids to hang while you work. Oh, and lightening fast wifi and free coffee, of course.
Initial floorplan projections - *to be finalized*
Freelancers are the fastest-growing segment of the job market, with an estimated 40% of all US workers joining their ranks by 2020. CoHo supports that community by providing the camaraderie and accountability that freelancers often lack when they work alone. Whether you are self employed full time, part time, or a remote employee, having a well designed workspace has been proven to make you more successful. Photographers, architects, stylists, copy editors, web designers - all and more are welcome. No matter what your area of interest, we understand that creativity is at the core of what you do.
We know from our own experience owning businesses in this area, that finding space to hold networking events, coffee discussions, workshops or celebrations is just plain tricky. There are not a lot of options available, and finding one that is on budget and has the amenities needed is hard. We're solving that problem by opening the doors of CoHo to our members for all of the above - with a smile and the right equipment.
What's the money for?
Raising these funds will help us in two ways. First, to purchase the necessary things for the building: sit to stand desks, comfy chairs, couches, conference tables, kids area toys and furniture, and more. By specifically including audio/visual recording equipment, our members will be able to create more content to sell, or use for their marketing efforts. We're eager to build a space that isn't just trendy, but that will foster creativity, efficiency, and be a place you're proud to call your business home. It has to be as functional as it is attractive, and your pledges will help us make that a reality.
Secondly, by raising funds with Kickstarter, we're proving to investors that our community does want this, and there's a true market need. That helps us get the remainder of the funds we need for operating expenses and cash flow the first few months.
We've set out a wide range of rewards, from awesome t-shirts from Mint Printworks, to cool water bottles, to discounts on membership in the space. There's something for every budget, and we're excited to have such enthusiasm from our community for this project.
We've heard from so many in our community that this is something they want and need. But now's when we need to see action. Pledge your money, share, and then share some more. Please send it to your followers, friends and family. That second cousin that you're not really sure what he does but he works from home? Send this to him!
Mailing List: https://mailchi.mp/93a5cdf92972/coho
Risks and challenges
With any build out, our opening date is our biggest risk. We anticipate an early 2019 opening, but as construction projects go, this isn't necessarily a small one. Besides moving some walls, we're updating bathrooms, adding a kitchenette, and updating lighting/wiring.
We're not going into this blind though. We have an experienced architect on our team, and our landlord has plenty of experience managing construction projects. We're being realistic about build time, and are planning to under promise and over deliver. While we can't promise to predict everything that will occur in this buildout, we can promise to be as transparent and open as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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