We had a dream. A dream to grow a community and space where working parents could stay near their children. Where a nursing mom could walk next door to feed and cuddle her baby, then return to a professional environment where she could take phone calls and meetings, have inspiring conversations with other adults, and get stuff done. A place where a dad could have lunch or play with his 3 year old, but still grow his business. A clubhouse for working parents, freelancers, and entrepreneurs to develop friendships and camaraderie and a close business network.
For 1 1/2 years we worked tirelessly to grow our community west of Philadelphia and secure a space that could meet our complex needs. Unfortunately, after seeing countless buildings and attempting negotiations with the few that worked, and pouring over financial projection spreadsheets and trying to coax the numbers, we eventually determined that it would not be possible to secure a property at a cost that would be sustainable for this tight-margined operation. We had to admit that the current real estate market, at least in our area, would not support our vision.
We have had so much support from the community, the media, mentors, our friends and family. Thank you to everyone who has shared this dream with us. Hopefully others will find a way to make the Coworking + Childcare concept a long term, successful model.
Juice Box: Coworking for Parents