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---+!! Business Model Ideas %TOC% ---++ Possible Expenses * Rent * Building Maintenance * Property Tax * Insurance * Utilities * EWEB * NWN Gas * Trash pickup * Internet * Accountant / CPA * Teachers * Cleaning/Janitorial * Tooling consumables * Cleaning consumables * New Tools! ---++ Possible Income * Classes * Meeting room space * Office space * Personal shop space with power. * Shop Storage space. * Bins on shelves (Standard sized, or by Cuft?) * Shelving (8-12 square feet per shelf unit) if you can. * Pallet-based storage?; one pallet takes up 13 square feet. * Other higher levels of membership * Gallery/Display Area; Display member work, or advertise your services? Keep in mind how much space that might take up. * Offer flexible studio space without walls, and charge by the day and by the square foot to use it for time-sensitive projects. * Donations * Fund Raisers * Grants * Sponsorships ---++ Customer Segments * Those who need a shop and tools * and who might need some extra storage too * Those who want to learn * Those who want to teach * Those who want to hang out with geeks * Those who need a place to meet. * and who might need fast internet * or a kitchenette * Those who need an office to launch their projects ---++ Notes If we have less than 8000 sqft we probably cant support an employee unless we get a grant. Take 25-35% of your floor area and devote it to to-code fire lanes. Seated people need a minimum of 15-40 square feet per person.<br /><br />Spaces all over the world have found that quiet, noise-isolated classroom areas are invaluable if you’re offering educational programs, and require about 20-50 square feet per seated person. Good tool to plan your shop space: http://www.grizzly.com/workshopplanner Studios: 50 square feet is the minimum size of a studio, and offer up to 250 square feet A word of caution, though – don’t skimp on your building choice in order to pay a lower rent. Fixing broken buildings costs much, much more, over time, than renting good ones, to the point of shutting down maker-spaces that don’t acknowledge this fact. Redoing the roof of an industrial space (which usually happens once every 10-20 years) can cost upwards of $5-10 per square foot; installing a sprinkler system because the fire marshal caught you woodworking without sprinklers and threatened you with closure costs $10-15 per square foot; and repairing or replacing a broken or ineffective air conditioner with a new industrial-grade air conditioner can easily run $5,000 to $15,000 – just to name a few common building-scale maintenance expenses.<br /><br />Typical membership rates vary anywhere from $40 per month for a ‘starving hacker’ membership at Noisebridge, to $175 per month at !TechShop. Treat your Hackerspace like a business, but it should not feel like a business to the members. Members want to just drop in, hack, teach, and learn. The administrators should strive to make this as easy as possible. <br />Eugene per-capita income: $23,869 $42,923 or is it $37,339? (Bob says median household income in 2010 was $41,326 in 2010. Source: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml which has many other stats.) ---++ Articles Here is a wealth of information. * creating-a-business-model: http://makezine.com/2013/06/04/making-makerspaces-creating-a-business-model/ * Founding a Hackerspace: [[%ATTACHURL%/Founding_a_Hackerspace-1.pdf][Founding_a_Hackerspace-1.pdf]] * Sustainable Hackerspaces: http://elplatt.com/sustainable-hackerspaces-ftw * Notes from a Hackerspace Panel: http://makehacklearn.org/2012/07/28/notes-from-a-hackerspace-panel/ * The Makerspace Chasm: http://makezine.com/2013/09/22/the-makerspace-chasm ---++ Links * Meeting Rooms and prices: http://www.heliosnetwork.org/infosheet_eventlocations.htm -- Main.ClifCox - 20 Oct 2013
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