This post is an attempt to explain why I (i.e. Modupe Macaulay) am starting up a coworking space. There are a million reasons for me not to do this, but here I am, doing this. I have no idea how it's going to turn out, but I'm hoping it will be great.
So, why shouldn't I do this?
First of all, I have never done this before. I have sort of run a business while at school, but nothing like this. This is a huge responsibility and a huge investment and it's honestly very, very scary. And let's not even mention how much money I've borrowed for this. SCARY.
Number two. No one expects this of me. If I followed most people's plan, I'd be off job-hunting, trying to impress people with my degree and my CV, and hoping to sign my life away to a company I don't like, so I can do work I don't care about and put money in the pockets of people I don't know. That's what a lot of people think I should be doing. And there's a (very tiny) part of me that is under some pressure to just go with the flow and do that.
But even though slaving away for The Man is undesirable, it is still easier than starting up my own thing and hoping it works out. This business thing is hard work. This coworking thing is even harder. It's not just a product and it's not just a service and it's not something that a lot of people are familiar with.
Have I mentioned how scary this is?
I still want to do this. More than anything else on my plate. More than anything else that might be coming.
Because I need this to be real. I need to know it can be done. I feel like it would add value. I feel like this coworking space, CapitalSquare, will make life easier for people. That's the ultimate goal, really, to do something valuable. To do something that will address a real need. In this case, the need is for somewhere comfortable and affordable to do work and network.
I wanted a space like that. I couldn't find one. So I had the bright idea to create it myself.
I've been lucky enough to have awesome people supporting me and helping me out and believing in me. And together, we've gone pretty far (we're hoping to open at the end of this month - tentative June 1 launch (I hope we meet up)), and it's looking good. I am happy.
I can't wait to finally be open, to meet the awesome people that are going to use this space, to help make ideas happen, to be part of those little interactions that create big things, and all that good stuff. And yes, I'm definitely going to be actively involved in making CapitalSquare a success.
So, yes, I am happy. I am doing something I'm passionate about, and I have a good feeling about it.
This was originally posted on my tumblr blog. I thought I should put it here, since it is about CapitalSquare. Btw, if you want to get our updates, just go to the contact page and sign up to our mailing list. You can also view our pricing here, and, if you're interested in a place at CapitalSquare, let us know here.