Located in Milford, New Hampshire, Coworking House opened in July 2019 as a welcome addition to this small community with a growing entrepreneurial scene. For local professionals looking to upgrade their workspaces, CoHo has already filled a need for small business owners and remote workers. We spoke with co-founder Kristin Hardwick to learn more about her space and her member community.
Why did you decide to open a coworking space?
We saw a gap in the community where entrepreneurs and remote workers were struggling to find a place to work. We were congregating in coffee shops and libraries—not ideal.
Tell us about your space. What kinds of amenities do you have? What makes it special?
We have about 7,500 square feet broken up into large office suites, single private offices, open coworking space, and meeting space. We have a kids area because we understand that childcare is one of the trickiest things to navigate as a self-employed parent. Full-time daycare is expensive and often more than what parents most need, and part-time care or drop-in babysitting is often unreliable. We solved this problem by including a kids area in our space that is secure, safe, and separate from the offices. We’re also adding a podcasting room, and have a mothers’ room for nursing/pumping, and of course, the expected coffee bar, wifi, and a beautiful library for our members.
What is your favorite thing about operating a coworking space?
The people we meet, and the camaraderie that we get from going to work every day.
What has been the most surprising or unexpected thing about operating a coworking space?
The variety of members that we attract. We have a strong base of health and wellness professionals, but also marketing consultants, PR experts, software developers, mortgage brokers, and more. It’s just so varied and we are loving it.
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone wanting to open a space?
Care about what your members need, ask them, and build a space based on that. Don’t just look at what other spaces are doing, but take the time to learn what your community needs.