In Conway, Arkansas, a new concept has hit the city’s business acumen. This new modern day office caters to those who are independent and freelance workers. If a person works alone, then this environment is conducive to their business. According to the founder, Arlton Lowry, the definition of this novel work environment is “a shared working environment, yet with independent activity.”
According to the website, www.conwaycowork.com, and an article by Courtney Spradlin, in the “Log Cabin Democrat” newspaper, the idea for this was formulated by Lowry, a social media marketer for the local public television station.
What are the advantages of this co-working environment? It allows independent workers to socialize and network with other professionals. This would not be possible working alone in a home office.
Another is to avoid the expense of privately renting office space, utilities, and other items necessary for a small business.
According to Lowry, Conway Co work is comprised of media professionals at the moment, but new “members” are being sought.
The space is located conveniently in downtown Conway, on Front Street. The fee for membership will include work stations, a conference room, printers, Internet access, VOIP system and voice mail, office supplies and lockers, according to Spradlin’s article in the “Log Cabin Democrat.”
Memberships, according to the website www.conwaycowork.com, are available at three levels of varying benefits. A basic membership is $75 per month and a full membership for $150 per month.
For traveling professionals, who just need an office for a day, there are day passes available for $15 per day.
This concept has worked in other cities and the organizer has found a need in Conway for such an endeavor. The current members and other interested parties meet on a regular basis to discuss problems and solutions to any problems that might occur.
This changes the basic business acumen of the city of Conway by allowing small business and independent contractors to have the necessary business equipment to conduct their work, without paying the exorbitant prices of rent, equipment, and utilities. With a conference room available, the independents can meet with their clients in a business atmosphere. This alleviates the need to meet in noisy restaurants to discuss business.
The founder hopes to entice independent marketers and other technical people to join and utilize the space. Parking is available near the office building, so the parking situation is convenient.
For additional information on this endeavor, contact Lowry at www.conwaycowork.com.