Most coworking spaces have some kind of fee structure in place to meet the diverse needs of wandering workers (and to pay the rent). These fees can include hourly or daily rates, monthly rental of premium space, or one-time rental of space for meetings and events. Whether you’re a regular or occasional coworker, I have good news for you.
The Coworking Visa project, a community-based effort, is essentially an exchange program. If you’re a member of one participating coworking center, you can work at another participating coworking center without having to pay the fees. Most centers ask that you notify them in advance and provide proof that you’re a member of a participating center. Many, however, are always free for drop-ins.
Currently, there are 22 participating centers in 10 states and six countries. New Work City (New York) and La Cantine (Paris), which I covered recently, as well as CubeSpace (Portland, Ore.), which Dawn Foster wrote about, are participants in the project.
It becomes clearer every day that web working and coworking are the future. We are entering a period where we can all help shape society in a pretty major way. So please do your part and pass the word about this great program to coworking centers near you. Don’t know of any? On the home page of the Coworking Wiki you’ll find links to centers from all over the world: you could start there!
Have you used the Coworking Visa?