It was a typical Monday afternoon on Facebook when John Paul Vasellina posted on a West Hartford group page that he was in the exploration phase of starting a co-working space in West Hartford called WeHa Works. Within an hour, the Facebook page received more than 30 likes and Vasellina knew he was on to something big.
A NEED FOR CO-WORKING IN WEST HARTFORD
When Vasellina returned to Connecticut from California in 2014, he was working from home and knew he wanted to work around others. He and his wife, who also works from home, moved from Westport to West Hartford in July 2015.
When asked how that was working out for them. Vasellina smiled and replied, “Well, I’m starting a co-working space.”
Vasellina says the idea had been on his mind over the past year—and he received plenty of spousal support. “I saw a need. There is a market for creative entrepreneurs in West Hartford,” he notes.
“We need to change our way of thinking about work and wealth creation in Connecticut,” Vasellina adds. “Co-working can be part of that strategy.”
Vasellina himself has worn several entrepreneurial hats, including a workspace strategy consultant, software product manager, and founder of a web content curation software. He’s utilizing his collected skillset to start a co-working space geared toward those who need a place to work outside of their home and says the space will be “highly tailored to meet customers’ needs.”
With the trend of remote work becoming more common, Vasellina foresees a mix of people using the space ranging from remote employees (like himself), small business teams, independent consultants, and creative professionals.
Vasellina is currently looking for the right space, generating interest, and collecting information for those who are interested. “Whether there are 12 people or 1,200 people, I plan to find space accordingly and make it work,” he says.
He envisions a mix of space types and price points with different options for privacy, including conference rooms. His timeline is to have the co-working space sometime in the fall of 2016.