I from time to time go over to the local botanical garden and do a little work while sitting among the several acres of greenscape. This company tops that, with having it right there and encouraging its employees to work there.
What is the best way to create a low impact office? To not have one! I have found several people that have done just that.
First lets meet Isobella Jade. She is a the new face of modeling: model, marketer, promoter, manager, make up artist all in one. She has used the Apple store in NYC to write an entire memoir from start to finish. She setup and launched her own website, blog, and online portfolio by using the computers in the Apple store for free! Here is a video about her life as a the 5′ 4″ model / entrepreneur.
To find out more about how she works in the Apple store here is a great interview with her from Mental_Floss
Out next person is Nicholi. He is 12. What on earth does a 12 year old need an office for? Funny you should ask. Nicholi has shot numerous youtube videos right in the Apple store with their computers. He doesn’t own his own computer so he was forced to spread his creativeness through creative means. What is more impressive is that his videos and story ended up getting him spots on TV.
There are some of you out there that are asking, well I don’t live in NYC or near an apple store. Well you are not alone. David Lee King blogs about Libraries (I love how on the internet you can find people jazzed up about everything!) . In his post he discusses how Libraries are becoming the new office. With computers, wifi, fax machines, copy machines and a slew of research materials its no wonder these are hot spots for entrepreneurs. You don’t have to pay for lighting, heating, cooling. You don’t have to take time to clean the bathrooms, fix a leaky roof, etc.
Today libraries have come a long way. Many of them have conference rooms, food and coffee shops. Public transportation almost always has a stop at the libraries. The down side is that you have to walk outside to use the phone, but I will tell you that more and more things are just going to email; I rarely pick up the phone. In addition to entrepreneurs using libraries, homeless use these resources to find jobs, find information about services for poor and homeless, stay in contact with family and friends.
Finally you have you shared office space Co-op’s which are basically non-profit business that have space, resources, materials, and sometimes a secretary for patrons. Co Work Chicago is a rental office, where individuals will rent a desk and work along side of others who just need office space. They each run their own business, but from the same space. A few times a week they all sit down for lunch, which is locally sourced. Rates run $20 per day, $90 per week and $300 a month, not bad! Their services are “T-1 Internet Connection, Kitchen & Bathroom, Furnished with Desk, Security Camera, Office Dog (included), Close to CTA & Downtown, Flexible Lease, and Most Importantly Good People. ”
Check out this great article about it and their website.