[Finance] Startup Costs

Grant Henninger grant.henninger at gmail.com
Mon Oct 25 22:22:42 CEST 2010

We're looking at opening our hackerspace in Anaheim, California, USA.  There
are three of us actively planning this out and another half-dozen or so that
are interested in participating.

My current list of start-up costs is:

   - MakerBot CNC                           $  1,250.00
   - NextEngine 3D Scanner              $  3,000.00
   - CNC Milling Machine                   $  5,495.00
   - Computers (x6)                           $  3,000.00
   - Server                                        $  1,000.00
   - Furniture*                                   $  1,000.00
   - Initial Inventory*                           $  1,000.00
   - Deposits with utilities*                 $  1,000.00
   - Business License and Permits*    $    500.00
   - Rental Security Deposit*              $  3,000.00

Anything with a * is a guesstimate.  All totaled, this put us right above
$20,000.  Nearly half of that is machinery.  Also, we should be able to cut
down on the computer costs by finding used computers, but for now I want a
fairly conservative budget.

Another question I have, although it's related to operations and not
start-up costs, is how much plastic a typical hackerspace goes through for a
3D printer?

Thanks for your guy's help.

-Grant Henninger

On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 12:15 PM, SkyDog <skydog at hackerconsortium.com>wrote:

>  Wow. That is a good question. I do think that it depends on where you have
> it, what the rent is like, what you have to do to the building, etc.
> We had to rebuild the interior of our space, and when we got there, there
> was no power, no water, etc. Took a bit of work to get it functional, but we
> did it in short order. If you're going to do it based on membership dues,
> realize it might take a while. If you are like us, a few of us just footed
> the majority of the cost to get it up and running.
> Give us some more information on your space, and let's see what we all come
> up with..
> -SkyDog
> hackerconsortium.com
> On 10/25/2010 2:05 PM, Grant Henninger wrote:
> Hello all,
>  It doesn't look like this email list has been too active, but I thought I
> would see if there is anybody out there that could give me a hand.
>  A few friends and I are looking at starting up our own hackerspace.  We've
> tried to think through what we'll need to buy in order to get our place up
> and running, but I'm sure we're leaving things out.  For those of you who
> have been through this process before, what were your startup costs?
>  Thanks!
> Grant Henninger
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