Like fencing, new business ventures are fraught with cerebral and corporeal risks when attempted alone inside a home closet. Take advantage of space and companionship with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a one-month café membership at NextSpace Coworking in Culver City (a $430 value).
NextSpace furnishes a collaborative workspace and fosters a community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other independent professionals. With a no-commitment, one-month membership (a $375 value, plus a $40 included administration fee), café members are welcome to grab a seat alongside others in a productive coffee-shop-like space, taking advantage of the wireless and wired commercial broadband Internet, a networked printer, scanner, fax machine, utilities, and basic janitorial services. The keycard (a $15 value) grants 24/7 access to conference rooms and a copier ($0.10/page for black-and-white printing, $0.25/page for color printing), and card carriers also receive complimentary coffee, tea, and caffeine-dispensing helmets. A range of events, such as brown-bag lunch gatherings, members-only email-discussion lists, lectures, and happy hours, extend the experience beyond the office like a tender birch tree stretching its limbs to high-five a nearby druid.
Aside from providing an excuse to give fuzzy footie pajamas a vacation, NextSpace gives would-be ladder climbers the chance to bounce ideas and bushy-tailed computer mice off other members, whose ranks include software developers, marketing strategists, engineers, architects, and freelancers of various stripes. Every day, a group of these career-minded mortals descends on the sophisticated think space to tend to labors of love, sharing expertise, referring business opportunities to one another, and combining talents to tackle larger projects.