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Have experience or interest in a co-op shop?9/23
Do you think this makes sense? Initial investments to expand a business are daunting. The recent closure of Michael Humphries Woodworking, due to an illness, has created options for others looking to start, expand, or augment their enterprises by leasing and/or forming a co-op.
There are several co-ops, (or at least there were up until recently), in the Greater Boston area. There was one in Fort Point, (though I think they must have been kicked/priced out of there by now), another in Charlestown, and I believe one in Maynard, though there are probably more. I would find and check in with some of them to see how they run their operations. Getting first hand information on how they run them and what pitfalls to watch out for.
I've toyed with the idea myself as the overhead is just getting stupid in this area, but I think co-ops are probably better suited to furniture type work than full cabinet shop work.
anyway good luck,
This was has been around for a while.
I have spoken to a couple of former members but they are professionals (one who is mentioned in the video) who said that they can't run a business out of a place like this.
It seems to me that if there was a demand for a place like this Rockler would have come up with something like this?
Is this similiar to what you're thinking