I have been working as a freelance graphic artist in the Austin area for about 5 years now and I am SO tired of being lonely at home all the time. Networking is ok but still.. I do it all alone.
I've been thinking about the possibility of starting a co-op... co-working environment for people like me, that could serve as a networking opportunity, a hang out, someplace to bounce ideas off each other etc...
I would love for it to include a conference room for meeting clients, as well as possibly even a front desk, retail environment where small business owners could come in and view portfolios to hire co op members etc.. I've considered adding in a nice laser print center, seo aggressive website with online portfolio, monthly ads in local community paper (( which actually is still widely read )).
What would draw you to join a co op? What would you be willing to pay for such a place? Think of it as a cross between the starbucks, local library and high energy workplace.
I am so right brained that all these ideas are pure mush in my head. I never seem to be able to look ahead and consider pitfalls etc..
Any blunt opinions out there for me? I'd love advice from all walks of home working entrepreneurs!!