17 October 2012

The Office - Coworking Space in Buenos Aires

Back in August, before Sandro and I arrived in Buenos Aires, I got in touch with the lovely people at The Office, a coworking space in Palermo near our future home. They were having a grand opening cocktail affair that week where they would choose from their e-newsletter list and award a one month free membership to the winner. Well guess who won? Sandro! Fortunately for me, he doesn't need office space for work the way I do. The staff at The Office not only let us transfer the gift to my name, but allowed me to push my free month back until October when I would arrive.

So yesterday I went to get started. I was greeted by Melina, a sweetheart receptionist who got me signed up and gave me the tour. The space is gorgeous and has got some sweet perks. Any membership level includes:

o Your own personal desk space of your choosing and use of the office's address for correspondence.
o Your own phone with a personal phone number and voicemail. You can choose to have your calls directed through the receptionist or sent directly to your desk. You'll get 200 minutes of free local landline calls per month and discounted rates for international calls.
o International plug adapters at every desk.
o Access to meeting rooms equipped for video and teleconferencing.
o Mini-muffins and cookies, tea, instant coffee, use of the dishes, microwave, and refrigerator. Better coffee is available for $3 ARS ($.63 USD) per cup.
o Locker access (with a small, refundable deposit for the key).
o Use of the printer, photocopier, fax, and scanner at $.15-.35 USD per page.
o Contracted rates with FedEx for shipping.
o Your membership card also gets you discounts of 10-20% at about 20 local restaurants and a couple of Spanish language schools.
o Various memberships are available with daily, weekly, and monthly rates and The Office currently offers a 3 day free trial to all new potential members.

The idea behind the coworking space is that members are respectful of each other's space and belongings, (so it is a safe place to use your fancy electronics!) but also that members are open to discussion and helping like-minded members with work related issues. Basically, it's a chilled out, friendly atmosphere where it's pretty quiet and you can get some work done while having some decent snacks. It's clean and modern and offers more in amenities than the average freelancer would need and enough to accommodate big time business people who lack a physical office.
The Office is located at Nicaragua 5867, between Carrazza and Ravignani and is open from 8am-8pm during the week and 8am-2pm on Saturdays (closed Sundays because, take a break). The staff is so great, speaks excellent English and Spanish, and is available at info@theofficeba.com.

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