Here’s a smart concept that I heard about for the first time on Friday: a Web-based business called OpenOfficeSpace.com that invites companies to post their available office space, while offering businesses the opportunity to find office space they need.
The really cool thing for solopreneurs, and the thing that makes the Web site unique, is Open Office Space focuses on serving the needs of small businesses. For example, the Web site allows listings for: unused desks in offices, unused cubicles in offices, private offices, office shares, office suites, gallery space, retail space, industrial space and more. Listings can include property descriptions and amenities, photos and maps.
Open Office Space, based in Woodbury, New York, launched in June 2009. Right now the featured cities are: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C.
I played around at the site and found it easy to use. For example, using the search function, I entered $600 for “max rent” and San Francisco for “location.” The search turned up five results. Included in the results were: coworking space on Mission for one person, $175 per month; and 165-square-foot offices with shared conference rooms in the Bank of America tower, $400 per month.
There’s no fee for listing a space and no fee for using the Web site.