Entrepreneurs’ Bonanza – full range of work spaces – including Virtual
Morris County’s choice of co-working space for white collar, service sector jobs is growing. It’s not all located on the eastern edge of the county either. The county does not have a life sciences incubator (yet) but it does have entrepreneurial space for baking and the arts.
Morristown’s downtown is almost exclusively a service sector economy. So it’s to be expected that there would be an outgrowth of consulting entrepreneurship. Where do these solo-preneurs and tiny businesses reside? Executive offices and co-working spaces.
The most famous shared workspaces for technology startup subculture communities and freelancers is WeWork. Since it’s headquartered in New York City, its rather surprising that they haven’t over run New Jersey. Although, there was that dust-up about Jersey City not being cool enough for WeWork.
WeWork has plenty of competitors though. One is in Headquarters Plaza North Tower – Symphony Workplaces. Regus has locations in Morristown overlooking the hospital, in Parsippany, overlooking Boonton Reservoir and at Rockaway Townsquare,
Morristown Workplace, is located on Madison Ave, down the street from Regus. These venues rent private offices, shared offices and co-working space. Conference rooms, phone attendants, mail and virtual office options are provided.
The amenities are broader than venerable Daily Plan It in downtown Morristown. Morristown Works at 36 Cattano is also strictly offices and a kitchenette. Nonetheless, its the same concept – show you’re more than a dreamer working out of the spare bedroom.
Then there’s co-working, which is more open plan. Like a coffee shop (Keurig generally) exclusive to entrepreneurs. Morristown has the hip En Masse Coworking and Sky Desk, looking over the Green. Both are working to create a community of like-minded creatives.
Most exciting is the nascent production sector – specifically the baking, photo studio and who-knows-what in the loft offered at Foundry 8 Budd. This backs up Art Space on Elm St. Selling art or cake is production. It’s not a service.
Upcoming is Chatham Innovation Center due to open later in 2019. Co-working space will be marketed primarily to Tech companies in NYC looking to commercialize in more affordable space. The Garibaldi building that will house the Chatham Innovation Center is only yards away from the NJ Transit station with direct trains to mid-town and the ferry/PATH to Wall Street.