(Sorry if this is the wrong Category, not sure where this should go. The Slack channel is dead and I’m not on any active discussion lists. I’m in bizdev mode right now and had a couple of ideas…)
Chatting with Gad today I pitched a couple of ideas that I’ve had in the back of my head.
Business memberships with additional benefits
My TechShop membership was through my LLC and I only used the space for paying client work. This week I had a severe failure at my home studio and needed a laser cutter now to finish work I needed to ship to a client. I reserved a laser cutter then arrived to find that the docents had to run other tasks and that I just happened to get there at the right time to get access to the shop.
Something that I would appreciate as a business-level customer would be a key/badge/equiv access to the shop. Not that I can kick someone out of a machine reservation, but that if I need to Skype with my Korean customer at o-dark-hundred, I could do it at Protohaven and show them sample laser cuts.
What I pitched to Gad was paying (at least) my TechShop level of membership as a business customer. That level of agreement also makes it easier for my insurance to cover my work at the shop or things I produce at the shop and sell to customers.
Equipment loan/rent for membership
One of the things I liked about TechShop was that it had a wood shop. I don’t have (and probably never will have) room for a wood shop in my studio. OTOH, I might be able to expense the cost of a good wood lathe for my work then trade space with Protohaven for a discount on my membership. If Protohaven pulls a TechShop and closes its doors, I’d want “my” lathe to be something I could return or buy at discounted cost.
I’m not sure how the legal agreement works on this, but off the cuff… “I’ll buy a $4K lathe and put it at Protohaven, they will maintain it, and I will receive an $x/mo discount for N months. At any point I can buy back the lathe for whatever discount I’ve previously paid.”