Happy Easter everyone and welcome to my first blog post ooooh!
You’ll maybe see more of my posts than Laurent and Pascal, but that’s because I’m a bit of a chatterbox sometimes.
Anyhow, today Diane Peters wrote an article for The Globe & Mail – one of Canada’s national newspapers – about shared office spaces and included is the space that Tamajii is currently working out of… Camaraderie.
Tamajii has been working out of there for about a year. Pascal worked from home during the first year on the business and he considered doing so even after they brought on their first employee, but it wasn’t really an ideal situation. But as Diane points out, “These spaces are ideal for small startups who need to look professional but can’t afford a “real” office.”
It’s not even the absolute need to look professional, but having meetings is definitely easier when the dishwasher isn’t running in the next room. Rachel and Wayne, the owners of Camaraderie, are friendly and helpful and Tamajii has gone from occupying one full-time desk to having their own office space with a door!
Not only is it a great place to work, but it’s also a one-stop networking hub as the space houses many different types of businesses and services and truly does foster a spirit of camaraderie. A great example is when Tamajii was trying to find a name for their new app (bookabi) and were finding difficulty (given that a billion variations on ‘storybook maker’ were taken in App store), some of the folks at Camaraderie suggested a brainstorming session and came up with almost 100 different name possibilities.
The team is currently bringing on interns, so the space is getting a little squished, but it still works for them now. One day, Tamajii might have an office like Corus Quay (Toronto’s Corus Entertainment headquarters) …but not quite yet.
Photos by Richard Johnson