Task Up in Philadelphia has just joined the Proximity Network after opening in June of this year, and they have such a great space! We caught up with owner, Qing, to find out more about this beautiful coworking space in the heart of the city.
When did you open your coworking space and what enticed you to do so?
This takes us back to 4 years ago when I worked for a company that specializes in business development for local brands. That was like coming into a coworking space, surrounded by different businesses and taking on multiple hats all in one place! Last year, after leaving my position I asked my current partners if we can build our own coworking space in a prime address of Philadelphia’s most ritzy zip code. After a year of brainstorming and design, we finally launched in June 2018.
Tell us about your space. How big is it? What kinds of amenities do you have? What sort of quirks make it special?
Our space occupies a corner building on the second floor. The entire space is 3040 sq ft to be exact. We offer coffee and fruit [infused] water, as well as a phone booth, printers on demand, meeting rooms, and freelancer bars [for] collaboration.
What makes our space special is we are hands on. Our space is owner-operated and our community manager is a Philly native. We love answering questions about the city and offer recommendations to unique dining experiences and entertainment to out of town guests.
We encourage our members to be carbon-footprint friendly. We use recyclable disposable cups, make reusable cups and utensils available for our members. We will also be starting an adopt-a-plant initiation soon, so stay tuned!
What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?
My favorite thing is walking into the space in the morning and literally watching our coworkers hustle and bustle. I hear the background music, video conferencing statics, phone calls, and conversations…but no, I don’t eavesdrop!
What has been the most surprising/unexpected thing about operating a coworking space?
The most unexpected thing about operating a coworking space is you notice how people begin to take ownership of the space. Coworkers contributing by washing dishes, cleaning up, [showing up on] weekends, and bringing their kids to work. They’re great!
What’s your favorite story about one of your members?
One of my favorite moments was when a member walked in for the first time. He stopped [in his tracks], swung backward, released a deep breath and uttered “WOW!”. I sat there just a few feet away, looked up from my screen and couldn’t help but laugh. I guess it was the amount of natural light that impressed him, but then, I wasn’t really sure!
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to open a space?
My advice is to hire an architect prior to construction. We spent a lot of time planning, but the execution took less than two months. When I say “plan”, I mean plan to the details, from the layout of the space to furniture choices.