How can I use 10k ft. of space?
November 12, 2008 12:38 PM   Subscribe

How can I generate some income with a 10k sq. ft space, only available three weekdays out of the week?
posted by puddleglum to Work & Money (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Yoga/martial arts studio?
posted by electroboy at 12:44 PM on November 12, 2008

massage studio?
posted by violetk at 12:48 PM on November 12, 2008

Can you give more information about the space?

For example: Is it indoors? What kind of location is it in? What is it the rest of the week? Can you move in furniture?
posted by burnmp3s at 12:48 PM on November 12, 2008

consecutive days, or separate?
Does the space need to be kept empty, or can projects be left intact?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 12:58 PM on November 12, 2008

Farmer's market? Lots of them move indoors during the winter.
posted by echo target at 1:06 PM on November 12, 2008

Part-time photographers needing a place to setup. Model shoots for example, or large items, that require some room for the drop cloth and lighting.
posted by hungrysquirrels at 1:20 PM on November 12, 2008

if it's got bathrooms, rent it out for events? parties, weddings, fundraisers, etc
posted by lia at 1:20 PM on November 12, 2008

Dance party!

Is it close to a hotel or airport? Boring conference space!

More ideas when you give up some details about the space....
posted by alice ayres at 1:29 PM on November 12, 2008

Dance/performance/rehearsal/meeting/seminar space?

Is it available only during the "day" or does availability go into the evening/night? What kind of flooring is there, and what kind of access is there to the building? (Everyone need a key, security guy at the door, buzz in, or is it open?) What's in there the rest of the week and does it need to be protected/watched? Can it be moved? What services do you have? Can tables or chairs on-site be used? Electricity? Lights? Sound? Can someone use it on non-consecutive days and keep stuff there? How's parking?

Sorry for all of the counter-questions, but these are questions that will be asked by anyone looking to rent a space.
posted by Ookseer at 1:35 PM on November 12, 2008

Remote control car track, AA meetings, indoor archery range
Put down some mats for little kids to tumble on.
Concrete floors would be nice to skate on.
Roll in some portable basketball goals / volleyball nets if the ceilings are high enough.
posted by wrnealis at 1:48 PM on November 12, 2008

Artist or music studio?
posted by cestmoi15 at 2:02 PM on November 12, 2008

At first i read this as 10 sq ft of space, and my response was to be "tiny, tiny artist's studio."

Anyway, as others have mentioned, the additional details of the space are as important as the dimensions. Lighting? Windows? Floor material? Are there dividers in the space, or is it big like a warehouse? What's going on during the time you can't use it?
posted by craven_morhead at 2:09 PM on November 12, 2008

Banana Stand!
posted by tristeza at 2:11 PM on November 12, 2008

Response by poster: I lease 10k sq. ft. on the second floor of a 50k sq. ft. building. My space is one big rectangle (oh, 3x1 or so ratio of sides), with 10-12 ft high ceiling. A grid of pillars occupies the whole space; 18 feet from column to column.

The floors are carpeted, and there is heating/air conditioning. There are 10 parking spaces in front of the building, and across the street there are 30 parking spaces that can be used. There's a freight elevator, and a loading bay out back.

I have thirty 6' folding tables, and fifty folding chairs. I also don't mind if people use the Wi-Fi internet, 52" TV, Wii, mini fridge, and microwave.

The space is available all day Mon, Tues, Fri, and evenings on Thurs. I'm at work the other days of the week, and not able to work from home (and not willing to quit just yet).

posted by puddleglum at 2:16 PM on November 12, 2008

Ok, so roller rink is out. Meeting place is in, be it for corporate meetings, AA, or boy scout meetings. Photography space, maybe. Artist's space maybe, but it's doubtful many would be happy about having to move their stuff. Practice space for bands and musicians. Yoga and martial arts are both in as well.
posted by craven_morhead at 2:19 PM on November 12, 2008

I'd just put an ad in craigslist describing the space and its availability. Let the person who wants to use it decide how to use it.
posted by ShooBoo at 2:52 PM on November 12, 2008

Rent it out as an incubator space for other business entrepreneurs. Setup some private/semi-private workspaces and give some basic office resources and have them rent it out.
posted by Elminster24 at 3:45 PM on November 12, 2008 [1 favorite]

I might ask the landlord what other people have done with the space in the past. Enough partitions would be a way of maximizing it between columns (an investment, but one that might be worth it - think of AA meeting in room 1, yoga classes in rooms 2 and 3, etc.).

What do you use it for currently?
posted by chrisinseoul at 3:33 AM on November 13, 2008

Seconding martial arts. The dojo I belong to got the boot from its original location, and was in limbo renting spaces all over for a while until finally settling down into our current location. You might want to contact dojos in your area to see if any are looking to expand.
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 10:12 AM on November 13, 2008

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