Libraries, coffee shops or home offices — small business owners often work in unconventional settings.
While they seem like a glamorous part of the entrepreneurial lifestyle, those public workspaces have their limitations. Many entrepreneurs have turned to co-working offices as an alternative place to do business.
A Beaumont couple has found success by jumping onto this trend.
After launching URBN Cowork in Sherwood Park last year, Heather Quist and her husband opened a second location in south Edmonton at the beginning of January.
“We knew there was a large small-business base in Edmonton,” Quist told CBC’s Edmonton AM. “There’s lots of entrepreneurs out there, you know, working out of coffee shops … and wanting to grow their business to the next level, but don’t necessarily have the space to do so.”
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The city’s newest co-working space at 22nd Avenue and 90th Street features dedicated work desks, private offices, meeting rooms and mailing and printing services. The amenities can help remote workers increase their productivity by avoiding the distractions of public places, Quist said.
Freelancers and people who are self-employed can pay a daily, weekly or monthly fee to use the space, which is open to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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