Two Mid-State businessmen have taken a new approach in providing office space and amenities to those who have the flexibility of working from home.
Entrepreneur Phi Gibbs and his business partner Josh Bowling founded E|SPACES in 2010.
The company provides meeting and work space for professionals who often work from home or coffee shops.
Gibbs said he was inspired to open the business after working from home and competing for a space at local coffee shops.
"You walk in any coffee shop and you see the laptops open, lots of energy, business being transacted and you realized that's the environment people want but they're terrible places to work and meet," he said.
The business men opened the first Mid-State location just more than a year ago in Belle Meade which was inspired by the atmosphere workers would find at a coffee shop.
Amenities at E|SPACES include wireless Internet, copying and printing, conference rooms and free beverages and parking.
One of the things members said they missed the most while working from home was the water cooler effect, at E|SPACES they can come have coffee and catch up with other workers.
Since opening, the business has proven to be successful and continues to gain new members.
Pricing is based on a membership model on how often workers use the space.
"People find a value here in just working, not with people, but around people," Josh Bowling said.
A new office in Cool Springs is scheduled to open in February.
Gibbs and Bowling hope to expand their business and eventually go nationwide as the trend of mobile workers continues to grow.
For more information on E|SPACES, visit their Web site.