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April 25, 2013

A new way to work together

Shared office space is first in Merrimack Valley

When solo professionals can’t get any work done at home, normally they’ll try to move over to a coffee shop, but for those who can’t focus there either, a new option will be available in Amesbury starting next week.

Workspace 36, a new coworking office space where local professionals can enjoy a more comfortable work environment, will be opening on the second floor of 36 Main St. above Ovedia Artisan Chocolates next Wednesday.

Clients will be able to rent office space at daily or monthly rates, allowing both established small businesses and individuals working on a single project to take full advantage of the space.

According to founder Ed Justen, coworking offices are a new concept that has become prevalent in big cities over the past five years, and now is beginning to spread into suburban areas too. Workspace 36 will be the only shared office space of its kind in the Merrimack Valley, he added.

Justen came up with the idea for Workspace 36 back in January when he was working on a presentation and found the distractions of working at home overwhelming. He tried moving over to a local coffee shop, but he found it wasn’t any better there either.

That’s when Justen recalled a coworking space he encountered in Boston last summer, and he realized that if he needed a place like that to work, others in Amesbury probably would as well.

“I figured if I needed to find a place to work, then other people would too,” Justen said. “It was born out of my desire to find a place to work other than home.”

Justen is a computer software trainer, technician and consultant by trade and has eight years of experience working in Apple’s retail stores as a salesman, trainer and “genius.”

Workspace 36 is intended to be a place where solo professionals, home-based workers and others can build their businesses while sharing a comfortable work environment. Justen said the space is well lit and is equipped with powerful WiFi, desks, chairs and couches.

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