COWORK Fergus Falls, a coworking space located in small town Fergus Falls, Minnesota, has just joined the Proximity Network! This fun and flirty coworking space is all about community, connection, coworking, and of course, coffee. Take a step inside and hear what owner, Ruth Rosengren has to say about their new space.
When did you open your coworking space and what enticed you to do so?
[We just opened on] Saturday, June 1! We have three co-owners, and two of us already work remotely, and our third co-owner works in the art space and sees a need for artists or other nonprofits who need space in which to work. We live in a small town (pop. 13,000) that don’t currently have any kind of coworking space – just office space, or coffee shops. With more and more people working remotely, we thought now’s the time to try it out.
Tell us about your space. How big is it? What kinds of amenities do you have? What sort of quirks make it special?
COWORK Fergus Falls is renting a 400 sq foot space with 7 desks, two standing work bars, and a lounge area. In addition, we have access to a separate lounge and a conference room. We offer free (locally roasted!) coffee & tea, printer use, and free conference room use with a monthly membership plan. We’re in a historic downtown building connected to an art gallery, and 50 feet out the back door is the beautiful Ottertail River. It’s got all sorts of small-town charm!
What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?
We are just opening, so not sure yet. 🙂 But we’re all pretty social, so we’re most excited about creating a community around this space.
What has been the most surprising/unexpected thing about operating a coworking space?
How much WORK has gone into the planning/prep so far!
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to open a space?
Do your homework (e.g. market research). Determine the need, the interest, and the price point tolerance. Visit lots of different spaces to get a feel of what’s available. Join cowork-owner/operator communities on Facebook and Slack to get a feel for what other space owners are struggling with, or what’s working well. It’s a very supportive community!