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April 25, 2013

A new way to work together

Shared office space is first in Merrimack Valley

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Once the space is up and running, Justen said he would be holding some free public workshops on how coworking works, computer training and more advanced topics like real estate and how to fill out student loan forms.

“The workshops are going to go outside of the realm of how to use a computer, iPhone or iPad,” he said.

Justen said the space will be accessible to clients 24/7 via keycode entry, and he is currently negotiating discounts with local food establishments around the downtown. Membership will be $200 per month for a desk, $100 per month for walk-ins and a $20 daily rate.

While Workspace 36 is Amesbury’s only shared office space, it isn’t the only shared working environment in town. Kitchen Local, a shared commercial kitchen space, recently opened at 14 Cedar St. and quickly built a pool of clients.

Amesbury has also become a hub of collaborative artist space as well, including The Artist’s Muse and Jon Mooers Gallery along with new artist lofts being included in the Amesbury Carriage Alliance’s plans to rehabilitate the Carriage Museum building in the Lower Millyard.

While Workspace 36 is not affiliated with any of those businesses, Justen said he likes that the idea has flourished in town.

“I think it’s cool that in Amesbury we’re doing this collaborating workplace thing,” Justen said. “I hope to use that as a marketing tool for myself and for the city.”

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