WALPOLE — The Coworking Station, a new Walpole business, hopes to cater to a growing number of people who have left the traditional office behind.
The location offers a shared workspace with private offices, conference rooms, open areas and a cafe space. By providing a range of work environments, the company looks to accommodate a variety of area business needs.
“Some businesses are start-ups, some people work from home and need a place to get away,” said franchise owner Kim Knight. “We have short-term leases, and you don’t have to pay overhead costs (a traditional office would require).”
Such an arrangement, she said, works particularly well for start-ups, as costs for items such as electricity and Internet can substantially drag on a new venture.
Knight is a Walpole resident, and in fact had been working in the 55 West St. space before the company there closed the office. She said she saw the franchise business as a good opportunity.
“I think it’s a growing trend,” she said. “More people are working remotely – usually from home – and more people are trying to start their own business.”
Working remotely can have its drawbacks though, Knight said.
“I had the opportunity to work from home when my children were younger, and I thought it was great,” she said. “Over a period of time, though, I recognized I was working longer hours.”
People working remotely, Knight said, can also lose the collaborative benefits that an office can bring. In this, she said, the Coworking Station offers a great service, even allowing partnerships between the different companies housed there.
“You can have a professional who has worked in their field for 20 years, and also have a start-up entrepreneur right next to them,” she said.
This is the first business Knight has owned, and she said it has been a learning experience so far – some things had taken longer than expected. She noted, however, that the early reception has been positive.
“Our conference space overlooks downtown Walpole, and people have shown great interest in it,” she said, adding that she had spoken to the Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations about future opportunities.
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