Co-working spaces are a burgeoning idea and when the owners of the Ocean Beach Business Center realized they had additional space available when a previous tenant vacated the premises, they decided to introduce the concept.
If you haven’t heard by now, the concept far different than traditional office space in that though people are working, it’s also an opportunity to leave the isolation of a home workspace or the activity of a coffee shop. It’s often a community of occupants who are likely entrepreneurs, freelancers, or start-up teams that need a space to work as a group.
After the shared space was finished, they started hearing from people that it was a great idea and that it was a much-needed concept, owner Chris Peregoy said.
Peregoy and his wife Jo own the business center. He had a vision of growing their business bigger and understood that to mean they needed to expand and take over the entire space. Before this move, they had been subleasing some of their property to the Lazy Hummingbird Café. When the café moved out, the couple had briefly toyed with a similar idea to open a café, but in the end, they stuck with their existing knowledge for running the business center.
Now many people consider them to be a one-stop-shop, Peregoy said. Customers were using their private mailbox service and now they can also do their work without the frustration of interruptions that they might find if they work from home.
Although they have competition in this space, Peregoy is not worried because they provide a different atmosphere and he believes that people like familiarity rather than entering a strange space.
The co-working space launched earlier this month, and although there is wide interest, it has not converted yet into people using the shared space.
To rent the space month, they charge $275 and they also offer full and half-day rentals, all of which come with complimentary wifi and unlimited access to some of their services. Users can scan, photocopy, fax, and print in black and white, which are all included in the price of using the space. They also offer unlimited coffee, tea, water, and snacks.
They also added a podcast room for rent. Located in the back of the building and soundproofed, clients can record their podcasts with equipment made available. Microphones, recording software, and chairs are all available for use.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected its launch. Social distancing restrictions came into effect a week after they opened. Opening their new business felt scary, but Peregoy believes ensuring cleanliness to clients will help them progress.
They want the space to be something more and they envision it as both a daytime and nighttime operation. They plan to convert the space in evenings into a family-oriented space and make it available for community activities like family craft nights or painting nights.