Nate Williams is the CEO and one of the founders of Flex.io, a SaaS company that connects different apps in the cloud. When the company relocated to downtown Chicago, he used a broker to find an office space and signed a 3 year lease for his growing team of about 10 people. He had to pay an additional cost for his Internet connection and electricity. More burdensome, if there ever was a problem, he had to spend time and resources dealing with his Internet provider. Once his lease was up, he was looking to find a low cost solution since many of his team members were now working remotely.
“As a startup software company, we need to be lean and mean, and not have to worry about office space. Our top need was turnkey office space, without having to build everything out ourselves.”
Nate’s decision factors were simple. He needed:
Privacy – space to shut the door and be able to speak inside an office, and not in an open area.
Quality of private space – The private space had to be big enough for him.
WiFi – Given his business model, he needed a fast, reliable Internet connection.
Since this was a big decision for Nate, he toured eight coworking spaces in Chicago. He decided to become a member at MakeOffices at the Loop in October 2016 and hasn’t looked back. He chose MakeOffices over the other coworking spaces he toured because of the value for the space. He liked the size of his office, and that there were walls between his offices, not glass like some of the other coworking spaces he toured, which made him feel uncomfortable and in a fishbowl.
The space is clean, well-organized, and beautiful. The other coworking spaces he toured were too chaotic. Most importantly, he needed a place to be productive and found that at MakeOffices. “Productivity is the number one thing. If I can’t be productive, why am I in the space?”
He also appreciated how simple it was to get up-and-running in the space and also not having to pay extra for utilities.
“The Community Managers are top notch, extremely on the ball, and responsive. It makes it a pleasure for me to come into work everyday. They go above and beyond.”
Nate has saved 80% a year on office space costs compared to his previous workspace since becoming a MakeOffices member. He is extremely satisfied with his Internet speed and loves the fact he no longer has to worry about managing an office, or pay extra for utilities.
He’s also been able to use the space to organize events and throw meetups with other software developers. “We love the flexibility and having an office space that’s high quality, without having to do any of it ourselves.”
Membership has its benefits. Schedule a tour at a MakeOffices location and experience the benefits of becoming a MAKE member.