Field Trip Friday: Sharespace
by Cecelia White
Teya Sparks is revolutionizing help. She opened Sharespace just a few months ago, and her success indicates the power in rethinking the way people work. Sharespace responds to a new revolution in entrepreneurial spirit, where more individuals are working for themselves in bold ventures- made possible by the interconnected internet, and helped by models like Etsy and Kickstarter. But for those who work for themselves, working alone is not so easy. Teya Sparks, creator of Sharespace, remembers this feeling. “When you're working on your own, it's hard to feel that what you're doing is important. You need positive feedback before you know your work is valuable, and that people are willing to pay for it.” When working in the space, the atmosphere is personalized and individualized, which Teya strives to put at the core of Sharespace.
The space itself is essentially a blank canvas- clean, open, white. The bits of decoration are both practical and fun- the elements in the space come together, inspiring people who work in the studio. For Teya, a feeling of engagement within the space is crucial. “Sitting at home by myself doesn't energize me. I wanted a place to feel inspired in.”
Generally with startups or the coworking movement, technology is implied- most often, incubators work to support individuals who are prototyping or designing a technology-centric product. Sharespace invites everyone in, attracting clients from the technological sphere and beyond, including those who work for a corporation but don't want to work from home, to creative entrepreneurs who need business training before moving forward with their project. For Teya, it's all about supporting the creative mind.
The Houston Makerspace team coworks at Sharespace, and we recommend it highly to anyone who wants to feel energized or inspired to do their work. It is located in the heart of East Downtown, only three blocks from the BBVA Compass Stadium. Look at the calendar and find more information online.