Offer various membership plans, and limit utilization to some hours per
month. Otherwise, you`ll get people who just don`t want to go find
their own office, and will "rent" one of yours forever.
Have a magnetized data card, where the person swipes it when they come
in, swipes when they leave. That gives you your hours of use, and
tracks time and handles billing.
As I thought about it, I can see this as a massive franchise. For now,
take some office space, have 4 cubicles, 1 conference room, a
receptionist, office supply store-room, 1 manager office, and basic
machine room (Xerox, FAX, etc).
Having a hard address allows UPS deliveries, which the receptionist can
sign for while the cube member is doing other stuff. You`ll also want
to manage office supplies, which, for a fee, the person can take from.
Reception/Office Admin handles inventory.
Office Admin also handles mail-room on a simplistic basis, and can do stamps and FedEx, when the member leaves their space.
You`ll also want something like a set of lockers, only they`ll be file
cabinets. You may have to invent something. Each cube would have X
number of these, where along with your membership, you get 1 file
drawer so you can leave papers there over time. When you quit the
membership, you clean out your "locker." It could be keyed to the swipe
When you get bigger, take more space in whatever building until you`ve
acquired the whole building. Then think about franchising.
You`ll need a catchy name that means, "I work from home but I need an
office every once in awhile to get away, get discipline, and meet
LOL!! As in "Che Guevara?" I can see it now...anti-capitalist warriors....road warriors? Or, it could be "Chez Office" :-)