According to some market surveys, 75 percent of the U.S. workforce will work remotely at least part-time by 2020.
“It’s the direction we’re trending in,” said Wade Williams, a tech worker who helps manage the Victor co-working space Work Farm.
The space, located in the Crossroads Building, opened in 2017 and it’s now almost fully occupied by people who have the flexibility to work outside traditional offices. The internet is fast, the coffee is hot, and the desks are very fancy; each one is on wheels, made of bamboo, and can be adjusted to any height. Soon the space will even have a TARDIS booth (a pop culture reference with a very specific audience).
Now Williams is eyeing an opportunity in Driggs: the old courthouse.
“It’s exactly the right place for a co-working space,” he said. “There aren’t many other spaces like it.”
He hopes to set up Work Farm 2.0 in the courtroom upstairs, which is spacious and filled with natural light. In order to pay rent and to purchase the necessary equipment, Williams wants to sell at least ten designated desks between now and Aug. 1. When a worker buys a designated Driggs desk at the discounted rate of $225 per month (normally $250) or a $175 membership fee, he or she will gain access to both the Victor and Driggs co-working spaces in addition to three free days per month at any location within the extensive Proximity Network.
“We’re basically crowd-funding to get the place open,” Williams said.
In 2016 a survey circulated about establishing a valley co-working space, and many residents expressed interest, especially Driggs respondents. Williams said, however, that many of the Driggs workers who asked for a co-working space haven’t made their way down to Work Farm.
“Where are they? I understand that it’s a drive to get from Driggs to here,” he said with only a trace of irony. “So if they want it to happen, they should sign up.”
He acknowledged that many remote workers have home offices, but he said that at a co-working space, both the lack of distractions and the interactions with people in other fields are invaluable.
In any given day at the farm, Williams sees marketers, web developers, architects, day traders, realtors, and blockchain developers, to name a few. He thinks the opportunity to make connections with people who aren’t your actual coworkers is refreshing and interesting.
Organizations also rent the conference room or private offices, and Work Farm plays host to community events like monthly tech meet-ups, a construction waste panel discussion, and a very successful women’s business mixer. Williams said that a big part of co-working is boosting the economy in invisible ways.
“A rising tide lifts all ships, right? We’re all for encouraging entrepreneurialism in this valley,” he said.
In order to reserve a Driggs desk or to be put on a wait list, visit work.farm and apply by Aug. 1.