[hackerspaces] Should Hackerspaces Have Employees?

tetsu yatsu tetsuharu at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 10:47:28 CEST 2009

I know the immediate response would be 'No', but some of my more
business-savvy friends act like it's a necessity.

A hackerspace will obviously want to purchase the services of some
professionals: lawyers, accountants, etc.  Nonprofit Organizations are
legally allowed to have employees and compensate them for valuable work
performed for the benefit of the organization.  Maybe a PR specialist, an
in-house accountant or lawyer if you have some adventurous projects. Maybe
some of you are spending most of your time managing and organizing the
business activities of the space, and it would be beneficial to have them on
payroll to guarantee the work continues to get done.

I don't ask this question like, 'can we pay ourselves for being cool
hackers', but honest employment.

Has any other hackerspace come across it? Tried it? Failed with it? Have
opinions on it?
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