Shift Workspace was a 4,000 square-foot coworking space at 2308 2nd Avenue North. It was created by Drew Jones in May 2009. In addition to leasing the space, Jones invested about $50,000 for furniture, equipment and minor renovations. The facility provided space and equipment for small business operations and freelance workers, with mail delivery and a shared receptionist. Besides the physical support for working, the space also fostered collaborative efforts and social networking.
Jones is a partner in Shift 101, a small consulting firm which researches contemporary and emerging work practices works with companies to put those ideas into practice. After a year-long lease, Jones closed the Birmingham workspace and began looking for sites in Austin, Texas to open a similar concept aimed more towards work groups from existing firms which needed additional space for particular projects. An additional site operates from Sydney, Australia.
- Cooper, Lauren B. (March 27, 2009) "'Coworking' movement gets big boost in downtown Birmingham." Birmingham Business Journal
- Cooper, Lauren B. (February 12, 2010) "Downtown's Shift Workspace struggles as economy sputters." Birmingham Business Journal
- Shift Workspace website