August 11, 2014 AT 7:30 am

How to make a makerspace: six things you don’t realize you should know before getting started

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Make has a great post on some tips for starting your own makerspace.

So you’re going to rally your local makers into a collaborative, community-based workplace. You’ll need a location, which can range from a mobile pop-up stored in your van to an 80,000-square-foot warehouse. You’ll need tools, which can be borrowed from members, donated by sponsors, or purchased. You’ll need a business plan.

After that, it’s all in the details. Here are six tips that you may not be thinking about yet but should be.

ASK FOR HELP

Your success will depend on finding a strong team to help you. Plus, there’s nothing that unites a community like a good volunteer build-out. Call everyone in to clean the space, paint the walls, move things around, and build some furniture. It is a makerspace, after all — have the first group project be the space itself.

BUILD WHAT PEOPLE WANT

You can design a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art facility, only to discover that everyone just wants a place where they can draw on the walls. Design the space for the community you have.

TO DIY OR NOT TO DIY

There’s always some member or volunteer who says we should do it ourselves. For building benches for the woodshop, that’s great. But for legal contracts, accounting, and wiring, make sure you find a

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