January 27, 2013

Ever since we’ve made the decision to open a coworking location, our lives have been a whirlwind of exciting moments and moments of “WOW!  We have a lot of work to do!”  We’ve taken some time to wrap our heads around the basics: target neighborhoods, how we’d like to setup the physical space, building out the business plan, getting a website up, and so on.

Now for the part I’m most excited about: connecting more deeply with the community.  As a current member of Office Nomads in Capitol Hill (I adore my fellow Nomads), I’ve been able to experience first-hand the awesomeness of the coworking community.  Being able to take a mental break from the ever-growing task list and catch-up with a fellow coworker, or make a fantastic connection that leads to business opportunities great and small (sending a shout out over to www.sethstell.com) – that’s what I love.  There’s something special about the coworking community and the camaraderie that develops organically.  That’s what we want to continue fostering at My Branch office.  Spreading the coworking love is our goal.

So which neighborhood will be settle in at?  We’re looking at Columbia City and South Lake Union.  We believe both neighborhoods are ready for a coworking space.

For the sake of transparency, it must be said our hearts are in Columbia City – as that’s where we live.  There is a strong community already present in Columbia City.  From neighbors that keep an eye out on each other’s homes, to small business owners that unite to build a more robust business community – it’s those qualities and more that blends well with coworking.

Let’s not forget about South Lake Union.  This neighborhood is ever-changing and is settling in to become an exciting live-work urban destination.  The continued growth of the business community (large and small) is also fueling the growth of the residential community.  According to walkscore.com, South Lake Union has a walking score of 97 out of 100.  Given the increasing number of restaurants and service & retail businesses, I can see how this score was reached.  All of this and more leads us to believe this neighborhood is ready for a coworking space.

All that said, we invite you to join the conversation.  Check out our Events & Programs page to see how you can meetup with us and other folks interested in coworking.  Of course, feel free to reach out to us anytime.