In Good Company: Co-Working Spots Cater to Solo Workers

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716 Broadway Co-Founders John Richardson and Doug Hardester. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy Bmore Media – George Murphy could run his business helping law firms boost their search engine visibility from his dining table in Highlandtown. He could camp out at a coffee shop when he gets lonely. Or he could sign a long-term office lease and pay $1,000 a month for rent and utilities.

Instead, the 31-year-old operator of thesearchninjas.com pays $295 a month to work above a Quiznos in Fells Point. There, at 716 Broadway, one of Baltimore’s newest sites for the growing trend of sharing office space, known as coworking, he can court clients in the conference room or kibitz in the kitchen. No more procrastinating at home by doing laundry or walking the dog.In the evolutionary ladder of workspaces, there’s working from home and then there’s working from Starbucks. But sharing space with toddlers and barking dogs comes at a price. So does renting your own executive suite.

Enter coworking.

Artists and writers figured this out centuries ago: share space and split the rent. The modern twist comes as entrepreneurs purposefully design spaces to prompt the creative crosspollination that occurs when people with different jobs work in the same room. Inspired in part by the open-source community, which shares software source code for free, modern coworking started in the mid-2000s in places such as The Hat Factory in San Francisco and Office Nomads in Seattle.

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