Updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

We’ve updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Effective as of July 6, we’ve made these updates to improve Desktime. You can find all the details at the above links, but we wanted to take a moment to highlight the major changes:

  • Our Terms of Service have been overhauled. We’ve tried to rewrite our terms in a more straightforward way, with less formal language.
  • We’ve rewritten and updated the format of our Privacy Policy to provide greater coverage and transparency.
  • In preparation for some exciting new features and products in the works for Desktime, we’ve added additional terms and support.

At Desktime, we’re committed to treating your information and data as if it were our own.

If you have any questions, email us at support@desktimeapp.com and we’d be happy to help.

Desktime now supports multiple currencies

Our space management software is now available in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK.

What does this mean for you and managing your space?
The same great software helping spaces across the US automate the routine tasks of renting a space from booking, scheduling and resource and member management and history to billing, payment tracking and processing now supports a host of international currencies.

What does it mean for finding suitable renters?
As always interested renters will also now be able to request a booking right through your Desktime Directory listing.

But now, when your space manager reviews the request they can either send the person an invitation and accept a credit card payment immediately from or respond to the request to find out more to make sure they’d be a good fit for your space, all without leaving the app.

Finding and managing your members is about more than bookings. Desktime works to better connect the community you’re building by facilitating easy communication with members and helping your members meet their fellow coworkers.

How much does it cost to use Desktime?
We only make money if you make money. You would only see fees from Desktime when you use the software to process payments. We work with Stripe, so you would pay Stripe’s processing fees and Desktime’s fee of 2.5%. It’s a super economical way to manage your space.

Ready to get started?
If you are already listed in Desktime’s Directory, just go to your Space Settings, select Payment Gateway from the menu on the right and click the Connect with Stripe button.

If you’re not yet listed, just add your space and make sure to connect to Stripe. Then email us at support@desktimeapp.com to schedule a demo so we can get you set up.

We’re looking for 3 great interns

Desktime’s Internship Program

We are excited to invite 3 motivated and creative individuals to our internship program. Currently, we are looking for people interested in real work experience in Marketing, Content Management, or Business Development in a startup environment.

Desktime interns will receive a Deskpass membership for the duration of their internship—a membership that provides the opportunity to work and network at the best workspaces—and work at Desktime HQ in Hubbard Street Lofts. Interns will also have the choice to receive academic credit or a stipend of $500.00 upon the completion of the internship.

For details on Desktime’s internship opportunities, click below:
Marketing
Content Management
Business Development

We look forward to hearing from you!

Space License Agreement for Sharing Your Office

After we finish a demo on managing a space with Desktime, one of the most requested pieces of information is about the Space License Agreement we used when we owned and operated The Coop (now NextSpace River North).

We thought sharing our document in an annotated format would be an excellent resource for anyone considering sharing their office space with others. We originally built it for our coworking space but it would work equally well for folks offering some of their company’s office to individuals or teams.

So, with that, we’re launching Desktime Open Source and our Space License Agreement is the first document we’re sharing.
space license agreement One reason we opted for a Space License is that by signing a sublease you assign rights in the lease to your customers and entitle them to certain rights under the Illinois Forcible Detainer Act (or similar civil eviction statutes), which makes it considerably more difficult to terminate an agreement if necessary. This sort of legal agreement (a sublease) would be more suitable for shared offices in which freelancers or companies decide to rent an office space together, with both being entitled to the same rights and directly responsible to the landlord.

In addition to just providing physical space, most coworking spaces offer a plethora of additional services including Internet, food, drinks, networking, workshops, entertainment and should therefore be considered a service provider (not a landlord).

Space License agreements are similar to agreements used in hotels and gyms. By selling “memberships,” you are granting access and use of the space and the resources within it, but the members never hold the actual lease.

Ask your lawyer about the particulars of your locale and space and have them review any agreement you create. We are based in Illinois so the agreement was made for Illinois law.

Want to see more? It’s available for download and use here.

For all the reasons listed above, we found using a Space License agreement to be a smart option. We hope this is helpful and we’d love any additions, comments or feedback as we build Desktime Open Source.

If you’re ready to start sharing your space, consider adding your space to our directory and check out our space management software. Any questions? Give us a shout: support@desktimeapp.com. We’re always happy to help.

Seven Years and Five Years and Counting

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Hey there friends.

That up there? It’s the lead-in to the first flyer we made advertising The Coop, Chicago’s first dedicated coworking space, which opened over seven years ago. It’s crazy to think that Desktime was born five years ago out of our work owning and operating The Coop.

So much has changed since we offered those eight desks in Fulton Market. The Coop is now NextSpace River North and continues to thrive. There are now thousands of coworking spaces all over the world, with new ones opening weekly. Companies large and small are finding smarter creative ways to use and share their office space. Individuals and teams are finding better ways to connect and work.

We’re thrilled Desktime remains one of the best tools out there for people to find an awesome shared place to work anywhere in the world and is also used by spaces all over the country to help manage the day to days of running a coworking space.

We’ve been at the forefront of shared workspaces since day one and, seven (or five) years in, we’re more excited than ever about where things are headed. We’ve got some exciting things to share with you in the coming months. For Desktime, seven years in is still only the beginning and we’re thrilled to share this adventure with you.

Best, Sam
Co-founder of Desktime coop2 copy