Freelancers bag cheap office space
Three or four days a week, Boston-area entrepreneur Hooman Hodjat stops into a second-floor office just across the street from Boston’s South Station.
One day, he’ll use the conference room to meet with potential investors. The next day, he may be found at a table, working the phone lines, with a fresh cup of coffee in hand.
And for all this, he pays just $100 a month.
He’s a member at WorkBar, a pioneering new business that offers office space, like a gym offers exercise space.
Hodjat and other WorkBar members sign up, pay monthly dues and come in as often as they want to work.
Instead of treadmills and free weights, WorkBar has laptop charging stations, lounges and free coffee.
WorkBar director Bill Jacobson said the concept evolved after he realized that today’s offices don’t reflect today’s workers.
“The people who are working at home say they miss the other people from the office,” he said.
So far, WorkBar, which officially launches next month, offers two types of memberships. Community members pay $100 a month and must sign on for a six-month commitment. They get to use almost all the services, except the private desks, which are set aside for dedicated members, who pay $400 a month.
The 129 South St. shop is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
And at least three days a week, Hodjat is there.
He is one of the founders of Pickup Zone, a new service aimed at offering consumers relief from unattended package deliveries. With PickUp Zone, people can have their packages delivered to a neighborhood retailer, who will hold them until the person can pick them up.
As a result, Hodjat said, he’s often in the city, meeting with retailers and potential clients.
The convenience is great, said Hodjat, who lives in Framingham.
“My target market is in the city, so I get on the commuter rail, get out at South Station, and walk across the street for my meetings,” he said.