Coworking grows in Fort Wayne
Jul22

Coworking grows in Fort Wayne

Are you a freelancer or entrepreneur hunched over a laptop in a crowded coffee shop, paying your “rent” with the smallest cup of joe imaginable? For the sake of your barista, don’t be “that guy or gal.” If you don’t want to spend “X” amount of dollars on your own office, there’s an option available so you can get the quality workspace you need. Enter coworking into the equation Coworking is here in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne on the fifth floor of the Murphy Building on Calhoun Street (right across from Pint and Slice and Dash-In). Founded in January 2014 by Dave Sanders and Chad Clabaugh, CoWork Fort Wayne is a coworking space that provides a shared work environment for community’s budding entrepreneurial class. If you’re not familiar with coworking, here’s the rundown – you bring your own computer equipment and get to work,  while CoWork Fort Wayne provides a clean and quiet space with desks and chairs, internet access, a kitchen area with drinks and snacks, whiteboards, and two small conference rooms. “We’re here to help people,” said Dave Sanders, co-founder of CoWork Fort Wayne. “We’re here to give people a place to work.” A place to work remotely was needed in Fort Wayne since the coworking space Founders closed in 2013. Sanders and Clabaugh were both users of that space and worked throughout the end of 2013 to set-up this space in the “perfect” spot, close to downtown dining and easily accessible on foot or by bike. And speaking of work, when you visit you’ll probably find Sanders himself at a desk working on his own projects through Avenue 80, the custom software development company he co-founded in 2011. The website describes some of the benefits of coworking versus working from home – the separation of work and home life, and the ability to focus on your work rather than getting distracted by the hassles of everyday life are all major positives. Plus, who knows who you could meet working in a shared space. Right now, CoWork Fort Wayne has eight monthly members, but Sanders would like that figure hit 15 (or more) in the long-term. Sanders has plenty of ideas of how the space can grow – chat him up when he gives you a tour of the space. CoWork Fort Wayne has a variety of pricing options. Monthly rates are $125 with no long-term commitment. Drop-ins are available for three hours ($3) and a full day ($7). Free coworking days are also periodically available if you want to check out the space – check out their social media channels. A complete listing of pricing options...

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