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Co-Working Becoming Popular Among Startups

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LAS VEGAS -- A former attorney's office is getting a facelift in downtown Las Vegas.

In two weeks, the co-working office space will be complete with 70 desks, wi-fi and phones.

For startup companies and entrepreneurs, the desks are for rent by the day.

"Sometimes people just need to plop a laptop down and work," said Zach Ware, co-founder of Work In Progress. "We don't have a lot of those places in Vegas."

Ware works at Zappos.com and is in charge of migrating employees from the company's Henderson campus to the former city hall in Las Vegas.

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"One of the things I've been able to experience working at Zappos (and) overseeing campus development is how difficult it is to lease office space," Ware said.

Ware said the office will have no lease contracts or legal headaches. Anyone and any business can rent a desk by the day or even $50 a month.

"It's a phenomenon that started about 10 years ago and has grown to thousands of spaces around the world," he said.

It's also one of the reasons why startup businesses have moved to downtown Las Vegas.

Rent is cheap.

"This was the best price we could get," said Patty Dominguez, who is renting space downtown. "It was the perfect price."

Dominguez moved into a space in the Emergency Arts building because everywhere else was too expensive. Today, all the spaces around her have been rented out.

"We've heard from a lot of people who are excited to have an alternative," Ware said.

Ware said he isn't doing it for the money but to bring new energy and life to a place that some thought was hopeless.

Ware said he also plans to open three more co-working spaces downtown.

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