We're thrilled that you may be considering being a part of our community! As an uncommon model that harmonizes business success with personal wellness, we're sure you have lots of questions about what a membership at The Commons looks like. Below we have a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear when clients are considering joining our collective. If your question isn't listed or you need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us for details.
WHAT EXACTLY IS COWORKING?
Coworking is a contemporary term for the unconventional work arrangement where independent entrepreneurs reject the traditional office model in favour of renting a shared office space. In the example of The Commons, it also denotes the experience of community created by the collective ‘ownership’ of a space.
What is a "boutique coworking space"?
Small. Well-designed and styled. Quirky, but sophisticated.
Owned by a local Calgary designer who takes great pleasure in ‘making things pretty’, The Commons is proud to host stylish, yet approachable office, meeting and event space. You can be proud to bring your colleagues and clients into this professional, well-designed but creative workspace.
You call yourself a "LIFESTYLE COLLECTIVE" - what does that REALLY MEAN?
A lifestyle collective is a mosaic for the modern professional. It houses a talented community of like-minded members in a vibrant environment equipped with versatile office, meeting and event space. Catering to the yearnings of the contemporary entrepreneur, The Commons strives to end the chase of the elusive work/life balance by bringing a lifestyle to work with a community of extraordinary people doing exceptional things.
WHERE IS THE COMMONS LOCATED?
We are located in the iconic Ramsay Design Centre, a pleasant walk from Calgary's historic Inglewood community. Click here for directions and more information about our location.
IS THERE PARKING? DO I PAY EXTRA FOR IT?
We have limited free parking surrounding the building. There is a paid impark lot just across the train tracks. There is also free neighbourhood parking that is no more than a couple blocks walk. See our parking map on our contact page. We also encourage alternative transportation such as bicycles or Car2Go.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION FOR THE COMMONS?
Our office hours are M-F 8am-5:30pm. We do offer the opportunity for members to have 24/7 access after 30 days of membership. This enables you to work when it is best for YOU – which is one of the best parts about being your own boss, right?
Application and Tour Questions
IS THERE MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF MEMBERSHIP?
Yes, there are seven types of membership plans at The Commons, depending on how you would like to use our space.
- Davenport: Full time member with a dedicated desk starting at $540/month
- Gallery: Part time member starting at $150/month
- Studio: Private offices starting at $1300/month
- Commuter: Punch-card passes in 5,10 and 20 day varieties starting at $175 (to be used over a 6 month period)
- Swing-by: Day passes for non-members $40/day
Meeting and Event focused memberships
- Associate: Meetings member packages tailored to your unique needs
- Community: If you want to be a part of the action but don't (at present) need desk or meeting space. Coming soon!
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
Contact us to book an appointment to tour The Commons. If you like it, come in for a day and try us out for free – just contact us to set up a time. We will explore your specific needs with no pressure to join. We want to ensure our lifestyle collective is the right solution for you, and you are a good fit for The Commons.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I COME IN FOR A TOUR?
While showing you around our space, we'll conduct an informal interview in the form of casual conversation and answer any questions you may have about membership, the application process, or any of our amenities. Don't worry - there are no elaborate tests, questions or hoops to jump through - we just want to get to know you and have you get to know us. If you're interested in becoming a Commoner, we'll invite you to apply and let you know if you have been accepted within a week of your application.
WHY IS THERE AN APPLICATION PROCESS?
We want to ensure The Commons is the right solution for you and you are a good fit for The Commons, therefore we do have an application process to ensure a great mix of coworking colleagues. This is because our office is a close-knit, boutique environment which means it is important to have a great mix of personalities, professions and interests; we are building a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who share a similar vision of a lifestyle at work.
What are we looking for in our application?
As we expand our membership to include a wide variety of professions and personalities, we're hoping to get a snapshot of what you do and why you're passionate about it. Beyond how you'll use the space, we want to get a peek into the charisma you have for your craft and why you think you'd be a good fit for our 'community of the curious'.
WHAT DOES MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE?
Everything as outlined in our "Perfectly Equipped" section.
AS A MEMBER, CAN I USE THE MAILING ADDRESS OF THE COMMONS FOR MY BUSINESS?
Absolutely. All monthly recurring memberships include the use of our address for your business.
IF I DON'T HAVE A DEDICATED DESK, IS THERE STORAGE PROVIDED?
We do have a limited amount of storage space onsite. Just talk to us about your needs and we can let you know what options are available to you.
DO YOU PROVIDE PRINTING AND/OR OFFICE SUPPLIES?
Yes we do. We have a B/W printer free for your use (up to 100 pages a month), colour printing at an additional nominal fee and a limited selection of general office supplies.
OFFICE P'S & Q'S
DO MEMBERS HAVE A SAY?
Yes! From our event roster to service offerings, space enhancements and amenities provided, we frequently consult our close-knit community to help us make decisions and consider new ideas. We encourage feedback from all corners of our space, and we're constantly committed to enhancing the experience for all of our Commoners.
AS A PART-TIME MEMBER, DO I HAVE TO BOOK AHEAD TO USE THE COMMONS?
Currently we don't require you to book in advance, but as our membership continues to grow, this may be required in the future.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE OFFICE?
Only yourself and your computer/work supplies; we do the rest!
IF I MAKE LOTS OF PHONE CALLS, IS THIS A PROBLEM?
The Commons is an open concept space and therefore, it is expected people will be on the phone. If you want some privacy, we have specifically designated phone booths to accommodate lengthy or private phone conversations and private alcoves for private, confidential meetings.
ARE YOU A PET FRIENDLY SPACE?
Yes, we are! The proprietress is a proud dog owner who understands the importance of bringing her furry friend, Sherlock, to work. She is also familiar with the robust literature on the increases in creativity, productivity and work enjoyment when pets are welcome at work. Ergo, members may bring their dogs to work provided they are well behaved and non-disruptive, which is why we have an application form for Fido too! Please note, like humans - sometimes pet personalities clash. If this becomes a problem we will try to mediate and find a mutually agreeable solution. However, we do reserve the right to ask you to leave your four-legged friend at home.
Is there a space for me to hold meetings with my clients?
Absolutely! We have plenty of meeting spaces available for both private and semi-private rendezvous.
Cancellation of Memberships
COWORKING ISN’T FOR ME, HOW DO I TERMINATE MY MEMBERSHIP?
Membership at The Commons is a month-to-month lease agreement. If for any reason you wish to leave, we only require 30 days-notice on or before the first of the month to terminate your membership lease agreement.