Startup Stories: Hera Hub

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Tell us about your product or service.
Hera Hub is shared workspace for accomplished, like-minded entrepreneurial women. It’s more collaborative than an executive suite, more professional than working from Starbucks, more focused than working from home, and more flexible and cost effective than full-time office space. The first location was launched in Central San Diego, offering café-like coworking space for focused work, a community gathering area for ad-hoc collaboration, a modern conference room, and private meeting rooms.

Hera Hub offers hourly, daily, and monthly work/meeting space for freelancers, independent consultants, entrepreneurs, and authors. Hera Hub, much like a business accelerator, gives women the visibility, resources, and sense of community they need to take their business to the next level (check out my Strategic Planning Workshop, I know, I know shameless plug).

What inspired you to launch your business?
My business really grew out of my need. I worked from home for eight years, and while it’s great for the convenience, and is of course cost effective as a small service based business, it has its downfalls.

It can be distracting and isolating working from home. Laundry and dishes nag at me, the dog whines, the doorbell rings.

Anything to take my attention away from what I need to be doing! Then it comes to the address you put on your business card, website and materials. Do you put your home address? Do you get a PO Box? Do set your corporate headquarters up at Mail Boxes Etc? But beyond privacy reasons, which are pretty much moot with the internet, the problem is someone can easily identify – via Google maps – that your office is really not an office. In running Women’s Global Network and Ladies Who Launch I’ve also struggled to find good event space that can host a sizable group of women in a quiet place where.

I wanted to create the answer to the common issues that many freelancers and contractors deal with. So I created Hera Hub, a collaborative and professional coworking space.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Hera Hub provides a supportive community that aids first time/experiences business owners; are community is designed to create prosperity amongst our members. We solve the many issues that entrepreneurs face: isolation, lack of focus, safety, and professionalism. Hera Hub was a response to the direct issues I faced as an entrepreneur that worked from home.

What has been your biggest challenge and how are you working to overcome it?
Our biggest challenge has been keeping up with the demand of coworking. We are looking to franchise in the coming year and hopefully that will be a beautiful remedy to the world's need of a prosperous and professional space for independent contractors.

Give us one word that people might use to describe you.
Ambitious. My first job was selling peacock feathers, I remember the first time I sold feathers outside the grocery store, I earned $80 dollars, which felt like a million as I was only nine years old. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and when I dream of something, I build it. I think and do but I also have a wonderful staff that ensures that all initiatives are strategic and implemented carefully.

How has Project Eve helped you and/or your business?
Project Eve has been a wonderful resource for myself and our members. As a mid-size business owner I am so thankful for supportive networks that help to build brand awareness. As much as I want to, it's impossible to be everywhere at once! Project Eve has shared our work, mission, and vision with their community and for that I am forever grateful.

Give us an insider tip that relates to your industry.
Around 2.5 million people searched for “coworking” on Google in the last year and since 2006 the number of coworking spaces around the globe have nearly doubled. Our industry is growing and we are honored to support the ever growing need!

Company: Hera Hub

Website: http://herahub.com/

Follow my organization on social media here:
@herahub
https://www.facebook.com/herahub
http://pinterest.com/herahub/ , http://www.linkedin.com/company/hera-hub, https://plus.google.com/117318025241266824514/about, http://www.youtube.com/user/HeraHub

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