Coworking space opens in OKCís MidtownPublished: Monday, December 24, 2018 By: Michael Kinney Source: The Journal Record
Desiree Beckman was missing something. When she moved to Oklahoma City from New York with her family, she didn’t know anyone.
Because Desiree and her husband, Lee Beckman, both worked from home, the opportunities to create the type of bonds they had built in Brooklyn were not great.
“It’s hard working from home and being by yourself or working from a coffee shop and not really having the tools in front of you to do your job to the best of your ability, especially if you have to be on the phone and talk to people and you don’t want other people hearing your conversations,” Desiree Beckman said. “But I think the most important thing is for people who do work from home to find a sense of community.”
That was the foundation for creating The Uncommon Seed Coworking space. The Beckmans wanted the freedom of working outside the structure of a company, but also the community atmosphere of an office setting.
“It’s a new idea to this area. The coastal cities, they know what this is,” said Lee Beckman, who works for a roller shading company. “Big companies like the ones we work for, they have thousands of members in multiple locations. This was our starting point. We wanted to do this for years and just decided to pull the trigger last year.”
The Beckmans researched the coworking concept for two years to see if it would work in Oklahoma City.
“We really refined what we thought would be the best coworking space for the types of people that would be using it,” Desiree Beckman said.
The Uncommon Seed is in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Midtown area at 1006 N. Hudson Ave. It’s a 1,200-square-foot open space with 17 desks. It also has a conference room that members can use of for meetings or calls.
The Uncommon Seed is surrounded by a variety of businesses such as Baker Street Escapes, Power Flow Yoga, Barrios and The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen.
The very first member was Meredith Donaldson, a travel agent. The Oklahoma native worked in San Francisco before moving back to Oklahoma City to start her own company, World Citizen Travel.
Donaldson had been part of a coworking space before, but it didn’t fit the atmosphere she needed. She canceled her membership and went back to working from home before finding Uncommon Seed in April.
“Specifically, it has to be in an environment that was work-focused rather than working from home. And also in an environment where I could develop a community,” Donaldson said. “Living in San Francisco then coming back from Oklahoma, I didn’t have a lot of friends. So it was another piece of the puzzle where I could be engaged with people. It’s nice not to have to be in your apartment distracted by TVs, laundry and all those things. You do run a business and it’s a business where things need to get done.”