Recognizing that many entrepreneurs, freelancers, small businesses, and start-up companies are building their businesses from their home offices or coffee shops, an aspiring couple from Naugatuck has opened CoWorker Hub in the 900 Straits Turnpike business park in Middlebury. Co-managers David and Rachel Keyser created CoWorker Hub from desires they heard from other entrepreneurs to work from a professional office space conveniently located in the Greater Waterbury region but without a long-term rental contract.
“CoWorker Hub is the first-of-its-kind in the region to offer a low-cost alternative to signing a long-term lease in an office,” explained David Keyser. “There are no long-term commitments so anyone can rent a private office with all the amenities on a month to month basis. We offer a modern furnished shared office location with amenities that include complimentary use of a conference room with a projector and screen and a 55" Smart TV via WIFI or HDMI connection for meetings and presentations, furnished private office space or a dedicated desk space, or a flex desk space area, plus free and secure WIFI, printing, utilities, lighting, a U.S. Mailing address, and a free coffee and tea bar. We are also very conveniently located off Routes I-84, 68, 63, and 64, and parking is free.”
Rachel Keyser stated, “As entrepreneurs ourselves, we recognize that many small businesses, solo-entrepreneurs, freelancers, and start-up companies are working on their business out of their basement, spare bedroom, kitchen table or garage. Some people conduct meetings in coffee shops and other public places so we created a professional location where they can work alone in an office, host meetings in a professional conference room, plus socialize and possibly collaborate with other business owners.”
“For decades,” commented David Keyser, “business productivity studies have shown that lack of social interaction leads a solo entrepreneur to not only lose focus but also creates loneliness and slows productivity. One of our ambitions in creating CoWorker Hub is to build a community of individuals who can complement each other and potentially collaborate. Toward that goal, we host Meet-Up networking events in our offices on a week-to-week basis.”
Since opening in June 2017 the co-management couple has hosted a “Financing Your Start-Up” and a “Social Media Marketing” educational workshops at the CoWorker Hub location to help businesses succeed and grow. “We believe fundamentally that co-working with other people leads to connectedness, community, support and a place to collaboratively bounce ideas around with other professionals.”
Rachel Keyser has been a highly-accomplished IT consultant with several major healthcare and hospital providers across the United States. As an independent consultant, her work commanded a good deal of travel to locations nationwide, however, she has been able to fulfill much of the contractual work from the couple’s home in Naugatuck. “While this was very convenient for me, the chores of maintaining a house became distracting for me, and I found working from home to be lonely and depressing.”
As a freelance consultant, Rachel Keyser longed for an active, interactive office environment. She found working in public libraries and coffee shops to be even more distracting and frustrating to her productivity due to intermittent WIFI, and the general business distractions going on around her. She realized that others who work from home were undoubtedly experiencing what she experienced.
David Keyser, a part-time Realtor, simultaneously was realizing that he was conducting most meetings with potential clients in coffee shops and sometimes on the hood of his car. He too valued a professional location where he could conduct business conversations and transactions.
In June of 2016, the couple began conception of CoWorker Hub with Rachel researching how to create co-working professional office spaces and then shopping for a convenient location in the Greater Waterbury area. David Keyser firmly stated, “This was all her vision. We did work together we find funding from an Angel Investor, close family member, and my brother, Albert J. Keyser of Waterbury.”
CoWorker Hub offers a variety of spaces for membership without long-term commitments. The conference room is complimentary with a monthly membership or can be rented by non-members on an hourly basis. Rates start at $50/hour or a four-hour block for $185 or $325 for the day.