When we started SwitchCube Coworking in November of last year, we wanted to build something with the support of the local community that would serve freelancers and independent business professionals here in Abbotsford and surrounding areas. For a solid 10 months, we provided a friendly and collaborative environment to solos and small teams who needed a place to work. Coworking is all about people, and everyone that walked through the doors was able to make new connections and broaden their professional network – some even picking up new projects and work opportunities that they might not have otherwise come across, and we are proud to have played a small part in that.
Today, we are closing the doors at SwitchCube – a decision that we wrestled with for quite a while, but ultimately had to make. A variety of factors contributed to our decision, mainly SwitchCube never quite reaching self-sustainability and the financial burden of maintaining the deficit with personal savings is not something we’re able to do long term, especially while carrying on full time jobs and pursuing other work opportunities as freelancers. The reality of things not turning out the way we had originally envisioned is a tough pill to swallow, but knowing when to stop is as important as knowing when to start, and now is the right time for us to bow out.
That said, we have been fortunate to cross paths and connect with some really cool people in our local community. Hopefully our efforts have helped spur on a bit of growth in Abbotsford for supporting entrepreneurship and creative culture, of which we believe coworking to be an important piece to the puzzle. Although SwitchCube is closing, there will be (and probably already are) other co-operative work share opportunities in the Abbotsford, and we encourage people to advocate and participate in building relationships in those small communities. Coworking isn’t and was never about a physical space – it’s a philosophy and movement that empowers people to make their working life better through collaboration, creativity and openness. Coworking is about serving a need that people have, and we’re proud to have been able to do that for the past 10 months.
Thank you to everyone who has been a supporter, member, and friend of SwitchCube Coworking. We appreciate you being part of the journey.
Matt Farley & John Koetsier