By Chris Cioffi
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Co-working spaces have been around for years, offering telecommuters and entrepreneurs a place to log on to the internet and share office facilities. Now a new kind of co-working space is popping up — one that caters to specific personalities and businesses, such as manufacturing, creative ventures and technology.
Philip Freeman started Murphy’s Naturals three years ago, making mosquito-fighting incense sticks, candles and sprays at his North Raleigh home.
Like many entrepreneurs who start businesses in their homes, Freeman, 51, quickly realized he needed more space.
So he recently moved his growing company into a 25,000-square-foot warehouse at Whitaker Mill Road and Atlantic Avenue near downtown. He turned the leased building into Loading Dock, a co-working space where Murphy’s Naturals and other manufacturing-based startups make, package and ship their products.
“Graduating to that loading dock was a significant help to my business,” Freeman said of the warehouse, which features easy-access ramps.
Co-working spaces have been around for years in the Triangle, offering telecommuters and entrepreneurs who pay a monthly fee a place to log on to the internet, use fax and copy machines, work in a quiet place and share ideas with others. Now a new kind of co-working space is popping up — one that caters to specific personalities and businesses, such as manufacturing, creative ventures and technology.
“These are communities that have been asking us to carve out space for them for some time, and we just haven’t been able to do it,” said Jason Widen, a co-founder of HQ Raleigh, a co-working space that opened in 2012 and has a lengthy waiting list.
Widen said he welcomes new co-working spaces that attract specific clients. HQ Raleigh helped Loading Dock get off the ground, he said.