Top Questions to Ask When Choosing a Co-working Space

Working from your home can no doubt be great. It’s easy. There’s no commute. You don’t have to worry about the smell of burnt microwave popcorn in the afternoon. But as awesome as taking calls in your pajamas might appear, there are also some challenges to working from home or at a local coffee shop….

Working from your home can no doubt be great. It’s easy. There’s no commute. You don’t have to worry about the smell of burnt microwave popcorn in the afternoon. But as awesome as taking calls in your pajamas might appear, there are also some challenges to working from home or at a local coffee shop. Problems such as: collaborating with a group in person, needing to interact with another human aside from your dog or cat, or asking someone a tough question that Google or your crazy neighbor can’t answer. That’s why we created Capitol Post; to be the hub of the veteran business community and give people a place to create, collaborate, and connect. Because not all co-working spaces are created equally, here are some questions to ask yourself when considering space.

Space:

  1. What are the space’s amenities?
  • Wi-Fi – what’s the quality
  • Conference room access
  • Coffee & snacks & food?
  • Printer / scanning access?
  • Phones / answering service?
  • Mailing Address?
  • Parking? Metro access?
  • Basic office supplies (and supplies for purchase?)
  • Front Desk / Receptionist?
  • Bathrooms nearby?
  • Whiteboards?
  • AV?
  • Are there resources that I’d have to pay for myself?

 

  1. What are the local amenities?
  • Where can you pick up a gallon of milk and diapers on your way home?
  • Can you get coffee with someone nearby?
  • FedEx/ UPS
  • Places to bring clients for lunch / dinner?

 

  1. Does it offer any other “perks?”
  • Building concierge?
  • Gym?
  • Local discounts?

 

  1. How much does it cost?
  • Daily, weekly, monthly fees?
  • Most spaces here in the DC area range
  • What system do I pay on? Is it easy?

 

  1. Can I bring clients or investors in?
  • Does that cost $?
  • # of people for the amount of time.

 

  1. What are the hours and security?
  • HVAC after hours (think summer / weekends)?
  • Is it staffed on the weekends?
  • Can I store files and papers / inventory?
  • Can I leave and go the bathroom and not worry about my laptop getting stolen?
  • Do I feel safe here working at night or after hours?
  • Key card access?

 

  1. Does the space have “street access” or do I need to take an elevator?

 

  1. Can I grow my business here?

 

  1. What do people love/complain about the space?

 

  1. Can I try it out for a period (day or week) to see if I like it?

Culture / Vibe:

  1. What is the staff like?
  • Do they turnover often?
  • Are they friendly? Nice? FUN? Do they care about me?
  • Do they provide value?
  • How responsive / organized are they?

 

  1. What do the workspaces look like?
  • Are there offices?
  • Is it open?
  • Where are the power sources?
  • Are the chairs comfortable?
  • Is there enough services space?
  • Where do you put your coat and bag?

 

  1. What is the culture like?
  • Is it a “museum” or a fraternity house?
  • Is it collegial? Open? Closed? Library-like?
  • Everyone in a suit?
  • Average age?
  • Do I see myself working here?

 

  1. Who is currently working there?
  • Industry focus?

 

  1. Is it clean? Well-maintained?
  • Who does it? When does it happen?
  • Where can you eat?

 

  1. Are there “rules?”

My Own Considerations:

  1. What are my needs?  
  • Am I trying to professionalize my company? Or is still okay to have people come to my house or a Starbucks?
  • What are my norms?

 

  1. What is driving me to make this change?
  • Productivity?
  • Professional appearance?
  • My own sanity?
  • Community / resources?

 

  1. How much space do I need?
  • Inventory

 

  1. What can I afford?

 

  1. How long is it going to take me to get there? Can I park?

 

  1. Can my clients / customers easily get there?

 

  1. Am I am employee-based company? What does my growth look like?

Programs & Services:

  1. Are there any programs & services offered?

 

  1. Social / networking events? Opportunities to connect?

Meet the Staff Q+A: Harry Alford III

  Here at Capitol Post and Bunker Labs DC, we love to highlight the amazing founders, entrepreneurs, startups, staff members and mentors working in our space and engaging with our community through a fun and informative Q&A. Get to know the newest addition to our Bunker Labs staff, Harry Alford III! Name: Harry Alford III…

 

Bunker Team

Here at Capitol Post and Bunker Labs DC, we love to highlight the amazing founders, entrepreneurs, startups, staff members and mentors working in our space and engaging with our community through a fun and informative Q&A. Get to know the newest addition to our Bunker Labs staff, Harry Alford III!

Name: Harry Alford IIIHarry Headshot

Where did you grow up? I grew up in NW Washington, DC attending an all-boys school fourth through 12th grade.

School(s): I received a BA from the University of Maryland, an MA from Georgetown University and a current MBA candidate at Babson.

Military Branch & Service/Specialty*: I have not served in the military although my father is a veteran, my uncle is an Officer in the Navy and I am the grandson of one of the original five Tuskegee Airmen.

Favorite DC-area Restaurant:

I have a few! Currently, a restaurant I’m really digging is called Alfies. It’s a Thai restaurant located in the Petworth neighborhood in DC.

Favorite Local Activity:

Yoga and strength training

Tell Us About Your Family:

I have a twin brother and my parents are entrepreneurs. All currently reside in the DC area.

Little Known Fact About You:

I played professional lacrosse for two years after college.

Brief Business or Personal Description:

I’m a passionate entrepreneur.

Briefly tell us how you’ve come into your current role.

I want to help create the next generation of amazing startups and valuable companies. Bunker Labs is the perfect platform for entrepreneurs to realize and accomplish their dreams. I also want to be a good team member. The Bunker staff is phenominal!

Who has influenced you the most in your career or organization and why?

My parents have definitely had the most profound impact on my life and business acumen. Seeing them run their business for two decades is an amazing education that I couldn’t acquire at any institution. I learned through a process of osmosis by immersion in entrepreneurship since an early age.

What have you accomplished that you’re most proud of?

Scaling and exiting my own company with my brother.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to another startup or entrepreneur?

In the beginning, focus on things that don’t scale. Get out of the building and talk to your customers.

For more information on Harry and his interest, visit his blog

Career Crossroads – February 2016

Capitol Post’s Career Crossroads is a platform for veterans and spouses seeking careers and the organizations looking to hire them.   Opportunities Seeking Veterans Position: Director of Development Organization: Got Your 6 Job Description:  Got Your 6 seeks a highly experienced fundraiser and program leader for the position of Director of Development. This position offers…

Capitol Post’s Career Crossroads is a platform for veterans and spouses seeking careers and the organizations looking to hire them.

 


Opportunities Seeking Veterans


Position: Director of Development

Organization: Got Your 6

Job Description: 

Got Your 6 seeks a highly experienced fundraiser and program leader for the position of Director of Development. This position offers the opportunity to work with a dynamic team that is deeply committed to its mission and comprised of individuals who are experts in their fields.

The Director of Development position will allow a professional fundraiser at the top of his/her career to make significant contributions to the Got Your 6 campaign and the growing veteran empowerment movement across the country. The campaign is well positioned to increase its fundraising capacity: we have committed board leadership, a compelling vision, a talented and experienced staff, and a donor base which values the campaign’s work.

We are seeking a charismatic, visionary, and highly effective leader to join the organization’s management team. He/she will be responsible for all fundraising activities conducted on behalf of Got Your 6. This includes corporate and foundation relations, stewardship and prospect research, database management, and special events. He/she will be expected to assist with long-term strategic planning and staff development.

Detailed Job Flyer: Got Your 6 – Flyer

Apply Here: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and one example of a previously written funding proposal to: June Carlsen Director of Operations, Be the Change, Inc. [email protected]


Position: Operations Manager

Organization: Bunker Labs DC & Capitol Post

Job Description: Capitol Post is hiring a versatile Operations Manager to manage our startup-accelerator and space at Bunker Labs DC. The Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing and facilitating the Bunker Lab DC’s day-to-day operations, programming, member relations, and support at Capitol Post in Alexandria, VA. This individual will be the primary point-of-contact for the accelerator’s members and will work hand-in-hand with another Operations Manager in the distribution of duties, continuity, and consistency in programming. Veterans and spouses of veterans are encouraged to apply. Reports to Executive Director.

Detailed Job Flyerhttp://www.idealist.org/view/job/ftXwNPc8JBfP/

Apply Here: Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected].