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Works Progress is seeking a motivated individual to work part-time as our mail services account coordinator. This position will include the management, maintenance, and growth of our current business mail, virtual business, and Registered Agent account services. In addition, the position may assist with office reception and other duties as assigned.

The position is $15/hour and will average 5-10 hours per week. This position may grow with the right person. Preferred hours are between 4pm-6pm Monday through Friday, but are flexible and may vary.

For more information, please send an email inquiry.

Meet a Member Monday

While it’s still technically Monday, we’d like to introduce you to Cindy Hagen, our very own in-house health insurance expert! A life long Seattleite, she is the daughter of a retired independent insurance agent, and has grown up around the business. She has been her own boss since 2007, since buying out her father’s business, Hagen Insurance Partners. In her time off, you will find her reading a good book, shuttling her kids to their activities, going to a Mariner game, or waiting for the next Doctor Who episode to be released. With so many independents around the office, it’s great to have Cindy as a resource for our health insurance questions! #meetamemebermonday

Meet a Member Monday

Works Progress member Cari Simson is the owner and founder of Urban Systems Design, specializing in projects that exemplify effective public-private partnerships, inter-agency coordination, and community engagement to transform the built environment. “My professional work is committed to improving the built environment by ensuring multi-stakeholder collaboration in an innovative, participatory design process.” In addition to her sustainable urban design business, Cari is also the founder of the Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training – DIRT Corps, which focuses on growing green infrastructure careers through on-the-job training for diverse young adults. We are thrilled to have Cari and her team running sustainable green infrastructure projects out of Works Progress!

Meet a Member Monday

Works Progress member Gonzalo Chirinos is an electrical engineer and world technology manager working for an international technology company focused on mineral processing, water treatment, and mining solutions. As part of his responsibilities, he travels within the Northwest Region and other states or countries where his presence is needed. We are happy that he has chosen Works Progress as his home office in Seattle whenever he’s not traveling!

8 Guilt Free Tips for Leaving Early on Fridays This Summer

Your hammock is calling – don’t let work get in the way of a beautiful relationship!

It’s summertime and you want to get the heck out of the office on Friday afternoons. This can be hard to manage for the hard working solopreneur. We know the type. You are working all the time, even on vacation.

This is our list of 8 guilt-free ways to clinch getting out of the office early on Fridays and enjoying the summer sun:

  1. Don’t multitask: You’re a one-person show; we know that means you’ve got the attention span of a five year old. But don’t let that stop you from using laser focus to get out of the office and into summer early on a Friday afternoons! Stay off social media. Don’t engage with water cooler conversations. No Netflix.
  2. No Meetings: You can start your Fridays off early by being the master of your own calendar – all week. Don’t schedule meetings or calls on Friday. This will only interrupt your to-do list and generate more work to complete before you leave your desk.
  3. Finish at least one project: Let’s face it, that monster to-do list is not going anywhere and you are not going to slay it before the weekend begins. Pick one thing that you can cross off and get it done.
  4. Get organized for NEXT WEEK: You’ve been a busy beaver, go over your meeting notes and to-do items and create an action list for next week. What didn’t happen this week that still needs to get done? Schedule meetings and plan due dates that will move projects forward and make next week feel more successful.
  5. Say NO to Email interruptions: Unless you’re deleting emails or reviewing action items, don’t let arriving email interrupt you. Check it once in the morning and once about 2 hours before you leave.
  6. Back up your computer: How long has it been? 3 months? 6 months? Longer? Slacker.
  7. Lead generation: Do one thing that helps grow your business. Pick up the phone and call a potential client. Review and complete one action item on your marketing plan. Create content for next week and schedule it. Update your ads and discounts. Follow-up on a new lead. Pick one.
  8. Research: There’s never time to review your statistics, past ad campaigns, AdWords results, intake logs, survey results, best practices, any of it. Take some time on Fridays to do some research on current trends in your market, customer/client feedback, or the results of your most recent marketing efforts. Let this help steer your priorities for next week.

You’ve gone down the check-list and you’re still sitting at your desk? Get out outside work-a-holic!

Introducing Our Newest Team Member!

New Community Cultivator

Our Newest Team Member, Mary!

Works Progress is pleased to introduce Mary, our new Receptionist and Community Cultivator. Mary has been a member of the Works Progress community for two years and has already been volunteering with our team. 

Mary is an entrepreneur and long-time coworking space member. She is a strong believer in the value of coworking spaces and the support they offer members in creating work-life balance and an independent lifestyle. Mary has worked in diverse fields from health care to high tech to property management and we are so pleased to have her join our team!

After growing up on a family farm, Mary says that the love of nature has never left her. When not at Works Progress, Mary spends her summers volunteering one day a week with a local organic farm and is currently participating in a two year training program to become a King County Master Gardener. Please join us in welcoming Mary when you see her at reception!

Fall In Love With Coworking – anytime!

6 reasons why this is the year you fall in love with coworking

-Reposted from the Vibe Coworks, originally posted January 5, 2017

1. You finally understand what coworking actually is.


Most people have no idea what coworking is. Or they think they do, but they’ve got it all wrong. This is the year you will have it all figured out. Lest there be any confusion, coworking isn’t about ‘holding hands and singing hymns while getting things done’ (thank you Sean Kelly @Spark Commons for clarifying that one…). But it’s also not something that’s only for high-tech start-ups, or just a place for shared office space–both misunderstandings that Works Progress’ Marnee Chua hears all the time.

“Until you see it,” says Marnee, “a lot of people don’t understand that the most important part of coworking is the community it provides for people who are otherwise isolated–people who work from home, telecommute, freelance or are starting their own small business. A neighborhood coworking space provides a location to share your experiences, network with peers and be more productive by helping to separate work time from home life.”

So go ahead, revel in the sense of freedom and personal responsibility that coworking can give you. “You get the perks of an office without ‘the boss’ breathing down your neck. And ideally you will meet some great people,” Sean told us. “Perhaps you’ll burst into song if you’re feeling a beat, too. Your call.”

2. Inspiration and passion are contagious.


Ask Vibe Coworks cofounder, Marcel Imbach, what first got him hooked on coworking, and you’ll get an unequivocal reply: “the vibe.”

“I walked into my first coworking space and was immediately struck by the atmosphere,” he said. “It was a place where people had chosen to be, and everyone there was not only passionate about the work that they were doing, but interested in working alongside others that were equally driven by the work they were doing. People were visibly productive, happy and expressing creativity. That sort of atmosphere is contagious, and can inspire so many great new ideas and opportunities.”

In the same way that not every restaurant serves good food, not every coworking community offers that same contagiously motivational energy. That’s why it’s worth trying out as many different spaces as you need, until you find the one that lights that I-can-conquer-the-world fire in your belly. As in life, diversity of coworking spaces is a good thing. And now more than ever, you’ve got options.

3. Crazy cool things can happen to you at a coworking space.


Take, for example, Spark Commons in Bremerton, where a local systems architect dropped by for the day to get some work done, only to discover that his employer was one of the biggest web development clients of Spark Commons founder, Sean Kelly. They’re a global company, making it–as Sean says–“surprising and serendipitous” for the two of them to meet and live in Kitsap.

Better yet, you might get to build some pretty solid relationships with people from entirely different industries than your own–people who you’d have no real excuse to meet otherwise. That’s the case for Vibe’s Marcel Imbach: architects and designers sit alongside naturopaths, journalists, financial analysts, lawyers, artists, authors and nonprofit pros. Somehow, miraculously, all of those peeps not only get along, but they enhance each others work just as often as they form formal business partnerships and unexpected friendships.

As if that weren’t exciting enough, you might also get to experience things like the Coworking Visa, a special nation-wide pass that allows members of participating coworking spaces to work from another space for free, usually up to 3 days while traveling. The fact that a dad from Works Progress was able to swap membership spots for a week with a dad from Office Nomads in Seattle while juggling the summer camp / childcare shuffle with their daughters is just one of the crazy cool coworking things that Works Progress cofounder, Marnee Chua loves to talk about.

4. More money, more time, more happy.


Why? Because, as Office Xpats cofounder Leslie Schneider explains, “coworking gives more people the chance to work, and therefore spend local, and be closer to their family’s needs. It gives one-person businesses the chance to grow within an informal incubator, and without any commitment to long-term leases. Coworking gives an entire community of professionals the chance to find each other, develop trust and eventually do some business with one another.”

And while coworking opens up a world of possibility for everyone, it can be an especially powerful option for women. “We’ve found that the highest barriers for women in their careers and in operating small businesses come down to 3 things: access to capital; access to female coaches and mentors within their field; and access to flexible and affordable childcare”, said Marnee Chua, who has also cofounded the Women’s Business Incubator in Seattle. Coworking can help break down all of those barriers by building networks, connecting people and ideas and offering an effective infrastructure for more flexible work-life integration.

5. You realize that your home office, coffee shop and brick and mortar office are all great… until you try a coworking space.

To really understand what coworking has to offer, you first need to try working from home, a few coffee shops and a brick and mortar office. Once you do, Leslie Schneider swears you’ll know exactly what you’re missing when you try working from a coworking space instead.static1-squarespace-4

Cortney Stehlik-Freeman sings the same song. She started the Central Kitsap & Bremerton Coworking MeetUp in 2015, after leaving full-time employment to work for herself and finding the daily grind of the work-from-home life stifling, both physically and creatively.

“Coworking spaces have a different feel than ‘normal’ offices,” she told us. “You’re there with coworkers, there’s coffee brewing and copiers running…but there’s a more productive and creative atmosphere than there is at a typical office. I do a combination of working from home, from coffee shops and from a coworking space on different days, depending on what my work requires that day. I like that my coworking space gives me a place to meet with clients and colleagues in a more professional setting than a coffee shop. On days that I cowork, I feel more productive, which I think is attributable to the productivity of the atmosphere and the people around me.”

6. You finally have options, right here in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!


Stay local this year and find a coworking community right in your neighborhood! Thanks to changing remote work policies, improved technology and with over 30 coworking spaces in the Greater Puget Sound, you can finally be the master of your own work+life balance.

Cortney Stehlik-Freeman is convinced that we are living in a “very exciting time for entrepreneurs and others who choose to live their lives according to their own design.” You catch that? According to their own design. “Essentially, it means that we can finally do the work that we want, while also creating the lifestyle we want.”

Ready to give coworking a try? DO IT! Hit up a local coworking space or two, and find a coworking community that matches your needs and style!

Fang-tastic October Discounts!

imagesWorks Progress is now 5,000 sf with more private offices and coworking space – now with more dedicated desks available!

Receive 50% off your first months membership if you sign-up for a dedicated desk in October.  Not ready for a dedicated desk? First time sign-ups can receive 20% discount off their first months’ membership for any part-time package.

Sign-up for a tour and free trial day today! 

Not sure what package is best for you? Works Progress offers two types of coworking memberships: full-time or part-time. Need 24/7 access? Members of one month or longer can sign-up for 24/7 access with an annual fee.

We are the only coworking space in Seattle to offer hourly and daily packages for part-time members. You pick the set of hours or days that works best for you, let us take care of the rest!

Seattle Coworking Week Discounts and Events

13641030_911559978969956_108748902126339715_oWe’re happy to announce Seattle Coworking Week September 12-23! This year, the City will be proclaiming Tuesday, September 20 as Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance Day! Why is this important?

Small businesses are integral to the economic fabric of the city, as an important source of jobs and vital contributors to Seattle’s unique identity. In addition to our small businesses, one in three Americans are freelancing, or an estimated 53.7 million people have done freelance work in the past year as people increasingly build flexible careers on their own terms – based on their passions and their desired lifestyle.

Coworking spaces are providing structure for this otherwise dynamic and often invisible community of small businesses, nonprofits, and independent professionals. The benefits to the broader economy can be seen by the sheer growth of the coworking movement. A recent article on Shareable notes that Emergent Research is predicting the number of coworking spaces worldwide to grow to 26,000 in 2020 from 11,000 this year.

That’s 3,000 more – coworking spaces- than the number of Starbucks stores worldwide in 2015.

In that same time, it is estimated that nearly 3.8 million members will be working out of a coworking space. In Seattle, where small businesses, social impact and entrepreneurship are so valued, we can expect to see the onward growth of coworking to continue. There are twenty coworking spaces working together in the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance, an organization that’s mission is to unify, support and promote the coworking and collaborative space movement.

Karl Stickel, the City of Seattle Entrepreneurship and Industry Manager, will be presenting a proclamation declaring Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance Day on Mayor Ed Murray’s behalf on Tuesday, September 20th at 12pm. Tuesday’s picnic and coworking celebration at Seattle Center is just one of the many coworking events that will be happening all week at collaborative spaces across the city. Seattle Coworking Week is a great opportunity to learn about all the coworking communities in Seattle and get a local perspective on this growing global phenomenon.

Join Works Progress all week for 50% OFF First Month’s Membership Discounts, and our FREE Coworking Open House and Happy Hour on Thursday, September 22 from 5pm-7pm. We will be hosting a lively game of networking BINGO, all part of our annual coworking scavenger hunt at the event. Win prizes, make new friends and tour one of Seattle’s thriving coworking communities. Discounts apply to first-time members during the week of September 19-23 only. 

Works Progress is located at 115 N 85th Street, upstairs from Dreamstrands Comics. Call 206-466-1624 or sign-up on our Facebook Page!

Follow #SEAcoWeek on Twitter to see updates throughout the week. For more information, visit the SCSA Coworking Week page: We’re so excited about Seattle Coworking Week, we thought we’d share this video of John Barrowman dancing. Your welcome.

Community Project Labs

Works Progress Community Project Labs

At Works Progress, we want to help your inner child rediscover the joy of learning and creating new things. What’s more, we want to help you and your projects stay relevant in todays rapidly evolving world.

That’s why we are putting together a project lab for our members. Our initial focus is on creating and editing videos, digital editing projects, audio editing projects, podcasting, 3D printing, and a small projects station. Works Progress members will be able to use these tools to take their projects to the next level; professionals can complete projects without the upfront costs of purchasing all their own equipment; and anyone that wants individualized training and project support can work with one of our media experts.

Video Editing Bay

Video Editing Bay

Editing Bay and Projects Room – The Tardis

Our editing bay and projects room is set-up for your project small or large. Gain easy access to a full suite of editing tools including the Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro; reserve the media room to present your project to clients; or sign-up for a knowledgable trainer to help get your project off the ground.

Equipment available:

    • Apple iMac with Retina 5K, 27” display, i5 CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, Thunderbolt, AMD Radeon GPU w/ 2GB vRAM, External USB 3.0.
    • Apple Mac Pro, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD-RAID Primary Volume, AMD Radeon GPU w/ 2GB vRAM and  NVidia Tesla M20 GPU w/ 6GB vRAM, USB 3.0
    • Asus Windows 10 Pro, Intel i7 980x, 24GB RAM, NVidia Tesla M20 GPU w/ 6GB vRAM, USB 3.0
    • 2 additional Full HD displays, three displays total for iMac 5K.
    • All computers Support USB 3.0 External Drives.
    • Drobo 5N Network Disk for Temporary Storage.
    • 3D Printer

      3D Printer

      PrintrBot Metal Plus (8”x8”x8” Build Area) 3D Printer with Cura Slicing Software installed on all 3 computers.

    • MakerBot 3D Digital Scanner.
    • Local Gigabit Ethernet Switch with Ports available for private computers.
    • Apple TV 4th Gen (32GB)
    • Digital Combination Safe for storing Disks when using the room for multiple days.



Creative Video Room

Creative Video Room

Creative video, photo and podcast rooms – Diagon Alley & the Leaky Cauldron

Works progress can rent out a private room with equipment for your webinar, online class, professional photos, merchandise sales, video blogging, podcasting, or other creative project. Deposit and rental fee for equipment usage may be required. For use on premises only.

Equipment available:

    • Green screen backdrop
    • Lighting, including light tent, clip-on and Umbrella in 2700K and 6000K color temperature.
    • GoPro Hero 4   Silver (Full HD Action Camera)
    • GoPro Hero 4   Black (Ultra HD 4K Action Camera)
    • GoPro Hero 3+ Black (Full HD Action Camera)
    • GoPro Hero 3   Silver (Full HD Action Camera)
    • GoPro Hero 3   White (Full HD Action Camera)
    • Panasonic HX-A100 (Hull HD Action Camera)
    • Panasonic HX-A500 (Ultra HD 4K Action Camera)
    • Nikon D60      (DSLR)
    • Nikon D5300  (DSLR)
    • Nikon Lenses, 50mm, 35mm, 18mm to 55mm and more.
    • Sigma DP2s Camera (Simple Digital Camera)
    • Sony Micro-Pico Laser Projector

Coming soon:

  • Blue Snowball iCE Microphone
  • Portable sound wall

Diagon Alley is a small room for up to 8 people and various creative projects with easy noise control. Perfect for filming your online class content; creating excellent pictures of your merchandise; video blogging; podcasting projects; or other creative content.

The Leaky Cauldron is a 20-person screening room that can be rented out for $100/hour on

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

evenings and weekends and can also be used for larger photo and video projects with mobile green screen and smaller conference rooms available for private make-up and dressing rooms.

Access to the Community Projects Lab

Access to the lab starts with membership at Works Progress. Available during regular hours for rental. After-hours available on a case by case basis for professional use.

Use of equipment: $25/hour or $150/day, for members only. Deposit may be required.

Need Training?

If you would like access to the equipment, but need some training to get your project started right, you can have a one-on-one training with a professional to walk you through step-by-step. One-on-one training is available for $125/hour for Works Progress members and $150/hour for nonmembers.

To make a reservation, email Marnee at