Thinking into The Box: Business space offers small business owners affordable base of operations

January, 2019 Posted in Business, Community
Business owners have a shared-space office option in Stayton.     Charlene Vogel Photography

Business owners have a shared-space office option in Stayton. Charlene Vogel Photography

By Mary Owen

Looking for affordable office space with all the amenities?

The Box, a new co-working office space on the top level of the historic Beauchamp building at Third Avenue and High Street in downtown Stayton, is now open for leasing.

“This was a place intended for people to gather, be creative and enjoy working,” said Juli Bochsler, Stayton resident, general contractor and owner of The Box, LLC. “I love old buildings, but the Beauchamp had a special feel about it the moment I walked in.”

Having worked out of her home for many years, Bochsler said she needed a space with a professional business address that would allow her to run credit reports, bid on jobs and other business tasks.

“I also wanted a place where I could be around people, have a meeting space other than in a coffee shop, and be able to leave work and go home!” she added.

Leasing options, known as memberships, are month-to-month and require no deposit. Three options are available: Hot Seat, Dedicated Desk or Dedicated Office. The co-working flexible office space lets people work independently or collaboratively in “a professional atmosphere without breaking the bank.”

“There are no other expenses,” Bochsler said. “Utilities, garbage, weekly cleaning and super-fast Wi-Fi are included.”

The Box has a high quality printer/FAX/scanner, an office kitchen, gathering places for groups including a 12×16-foot conference room, or members can use their conference room credits and meet in a  “beautiful room with a large television/monitor,” Bochsler said.

“I’m thrilled with all the amenities,” said Nicole Miller of Word’s Out PR and new Box member. “Someone even comes to clean on a weekly basis, and garbage and recycling is taken care of.”

The Hot Seat option for $149 allows members to sit anywhere that isn’t occupied: at one of the desks, at the meeting table, or on one of the original PDX Airport couches. An on-the-go professional can bring his or her laptop to work autonomously and can also meet and network with other members. 

“If you like to leave your stuff on-site, a Dedicated Desk is just $250 a month,” Bochsler said. “This offers all of the items above, plus a sit or stand desk, a locking file cabinet and extra conference room credits. You are still in the big room, where networking happens every day, but this is your desk with your business name attached. These desks are positioned right beside the windows, looking over downtown Stayton.”

Complete with locked doors and fully furnished, the Dedicated Office(s) are sold out at the moment, but Bochsler said current members are always first on the waiting list. When available, dedicated space leases for $400 a month, or $500 for two members, and requires a one-year lease and security deposit.

“There are so many benefits for sharing an office – sharing the costs of a brick-and-mortar place while only having to pay one bill, networking with other local professionals, having a business address and professional meeting place, having a downtown window view, and being able to sit on a couch, in a comfortable egg chair or at a desk,” Bochsler said.

Co-working or shared office space is new to small towns, but is very popular in Portland, Salem and Eugene, Bochsler said.

Currently three people are using office space, but Bochsler said, “We have really just opened up and there is room for plenty more!”

She said she receives inquiries a couple of time a week.

“This is my first commercial building, so I am still figuring out marketing,” she added. “As we start having seminars, events and get our social media/website going, people will join.”

To inquire about membership, book the conference room, or for more information, call or text Juli at 503-509-6499, drop an e-mail to hello@theboxllc.org, or visit www.theboxllc.org.

“I would love to give you a tour!” Bochsler said.

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