By: Jill Mendoza I don’t travel frequently but when I do, I have sometimes wished I could find a nice place to work. Hotel rooms are dull, and coffee shops tend to be noisy. So when I researched a new crop of websites designed to help you find a temporary workspace, I was not only interested, I was inspired to share our own creative and productive space with others! It is not difficult to research a handful of options, including LooseCubes and OpenDesks, and LiquidSpace. For us, LiquidSpace, which seemed to have the most features and of course it includes a mobile app, a must in this emerging arena of “space for hire”! Unfortunately LooseCubes just announced they were closing their doors and shutting down November 16th. Unlike the LooseCubes “No cost concept”, the LiquidSpace is a fee based service which launched in the spring 2011 and is available in about a dozen cities nationwide, including San Francisco, Boston, Miami and now Indianapolis! Imagine, one morning, you venture out of your own office for a day in a neighboring community, you only have a few meetings but they just happen to be at opposite ends of the day. So you fire up your LiquidSpace app and began looking for a spot, filtering your search by location, arrival time, and length of stay (options range from one hour to one year). Within seconds, the app suggested a few nearby options that filled the bill. After browsing the listings, which included photos and information about prices, amenities, and locations, you find IDO’s LiquidSpace, a co-working facility a few blocks away that charges $ 50 for half day pass. You book and pay for the space right on the app, which also supplys a map and directions. So are you impressed yet? When you arrived at IDO’s LiquidSpace a few minutes later, you are greeted by a friendly design associate who finds your reservation on their computer right away. The office, which included parking and a progressively designed interior, had a creative entrepreneurial vibe. With ease you tap into the IDO secured Wi-Fi network, and worked for a couple of hours. Next, you set up shop in a conference room equipped with a speakerphone and a flat screen monitor with internet that you easily hook our laptop into to prepare for a meeting which you have invited a few business associates in the same city to attend. You are also able to make your own coffee and share snacks in the kitchen and even print a few copies of your agenda. You also enjoy chatting with a few other LiquidSpace users and an IDO designer or two. Overall, we think your experience will be a big improvement over squatting in a Starbucks, and with LiquidSpace finding and booking the space is so easy. The app’s Thumbs-up/Thumbs-down rating system is simplistic and some have noted they would prefer a more detailed user review. Still, we hope you plan to use the app the next time you travel, and hope you would recommend IDO’s LiquidSpace and our “Secret to PRODUCTIVITY” to other road warriors looking for a friendly and pleasant temporary home away from home.