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A Pay-as-You-Go Office?

oficioThanks to mobile technology, lightning-fast internet, and our ever-evolving work culture, many people no longer have to actually “go to work” in order to go to work.

Others have embraced co-working spaces or other shared office scenarios. But what if you can’t always work at home, and sharing an office full-time doesn’t work for you?

In that case, can we recommend the pay-as-you-go office? Oficio, a new kind of shared office environment, operates out of a 2,500-foot space in Boston, Mass. The brainchild of entrepreneurs Nima Yadollahpour and Charlie Weisman, Oficio rents office space by the day, the week, even the hour — espresso included.

The company was inspired by the needs of its creators. Yadollahpour is an architect who went into business for himself a few years back, but found himself going stir-crazy working out of a home office. Weisman is a filmmaker who tired of cadging free WiFi from Starbucks.

The pay plan is tiered: five days a month will run you $99, while full-time access is $299 per month. Yadollahpour compares it to a gym membership, but we only wish our gym was this accommodating. Oficio also offers accounting and legal services for members who stay for six months.

Who is the ideal Oficio customer? Anyone who wants the occasional structure of office cubicles or conference rooms is welcome. But a few professions will feel especially comfortable in this type of environment:

1. Business Travelers

Oficio has been open for a little over a month, and already has 24 regular customers. But some of its traffic is from visitors to Boston who just need a temporary office space.

2. Accountants

The Patriot Ledger profile on Oficio specifically mentions home-based accountants, who are able to do the bulk of their work at home, but still want occasional meeting space to get together with clients.

3. Creative Types

Are you a graphic artist? A freelance writer? Something amazingly complicated in the technology world that we don’t even understand yet, but won’t be able to live without in five years? This kind of environment might be just what you’re looking for. Bonus points if you’re an entrepreneurial type and need the kind of flexibility this situation provides.

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Posted by James Wilkie

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