We know Deskpass will be popular with freelancers and remote workers. Leo Burnett is helping pioneer flexible work for employees who have a dedicated workspace. Alisa Wolfson, exec VP-head of design at Leo Burnett, said Deskpass can “augment an already good situation” with her team’s current workspace.
The creative team of 20 will have access to over 25 spaces, some with wildly different layouts and aesthetics from the Leo Burnett office, to help keep the great ideas flowing.
We’re beyond excited to announce Deskpass, a brand new offering from your good ol’ friends at Desktime.
A flexible, city-wide coworking membership
Deskpass is a membership plan that offers as-needed access to a growing network of work spaces throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
You can work at any one space up to 5 times per month (Monday-Friday). Spend a week in four spots a month or switch it up everyday. Work spaces all over Chicagoland all for one affordable price: $199/month. A simple-to-use iOS app allows member to book a space and, upon arriving, check in and get to work.
Working at home is great, until it’s not
If you’re a freelancer, independent contractor or remote worker, you can pick the spot that’s right for the work you’re doing right now. One day you need a place that’s buzzing with activity to keep you energized, the next a quieter space so you can buckle down and get it done. Some days you want to work close to meetings or to your evening plans. If you’ve been hesitant to commit to one space or because of the cost, Deskpass is just the thing.
Support your (work from) home team
Teams and businesses can also purchase memberships for their team members and employees. Meet up to work together and be inspired all over the city or allow your people to work where it makes sense for them. Our first business customers are Leo Burnett and Basecamp. If this is something that your company might be interested please let us know!
Sounds neat. But what spaces are on Deskpass?
We’ve already lined up more than 25 spaces in greater Chicagoland to participate including coworking spaces like NextSpace River North, Level Office, SPACE, Enerspace, Workshop, The Study, Assemble, Simple.Honest.Work and many many more. Check out the full list.
Chicago’s great. But what about my city?
We’re launching in Chicago, our hometown and one of the best dang coworking cities in the world, with hopes to bring Deskpass to other cities soon. The more folks on our waitlist in a particular city, the faster we will get there.
Want to add your space to the network?
If you’re a dedicated coworking space or have an office with space to spare, you can get in on the fun too. Get more people in to see what you offer, experience your culture and meet the people who have memberships to your space.
We’ve been hard at work creating Deskpass since the beginning of this year. We’re convinced that it’s the very best way to work in Chicago. Our goal is simple: we want to bring coworking to as many people as possible.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Since coworking is all about community building, we wanted to take a closer look at how spaces welcome new members. So I took a little trip to Workshop, a new space in Chicago, and caught up with its co-founder and fellow coworker, Ben Skoda.
Amongst the majestic views the space offers and while soaking up some of the healthy sunshine beaming through the windows, we talked about the importance of being thoughtful.