Are you ready to share an office with local entrepreneurs? “Imagine an office with people; only these people aren’t employed by the same company. One is a lawyer, the other, a freelance app developer, and the small team in the corner is building a service aimed at disrupting the mobile payments industry. This is coworking,” according to VentureBurn.
Coworking is here to stay as “more young entrepreneurs are looking to coworking facilities to grab relatively inexpensive office space, Forbes writer Karsten Strauss explains, “In addition to WiFi, fax, conference rooms, kitchen and snack-prep areas; these ‘rental’ business studios also offer new companies the opportunity to rub elbows with others in their world.”
We searched high and low to discover fifteen of the best and most creative coworking spaces across the nation, and one of them could be in your city.
1. Green Spaces – New York, NY and Denver, CO @GreenSpacesNY
Green Spaces aims to create a values-driven community of people who innovate, celebrate and do good. Founded by social entrepreneurs, Jennie Nevin and Marissa Feinberg in 2008, Green Spaces has housed over 1,000 startups and organizations, and currently hosts 200 companies across its NYC (Tribeca) and Denver, Colorado locations. Greenspaces currently offers eight membership options: varying from your very own desk to laptop lounge day pass access. Other perks include cocktail hours, conference rooms, event space, color printing, and even an intern program.
2. The Coop – Chicago, IL @TheCoopChicago
The Coop, a 5,500 square-foot loft space in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, attracts a wide array of “Coopers” including writers, web developers, journalists, designers, entrepreneurs, students and acoustic engineers. We particularly like their flexible office space solutions ranging from daily, weekly and monthly desk rentals. Not sure when you’ll need office space? Their Flex Pass includes 5-20 visits Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and never expires. Freebies include free Wi-Fi, kitchen and conference room access, and spacious desks and workspaces.
3. Indie Desk – Los Angeles, CA @indiedesk
This Downtown coworking space boasts a prime location in the heart of L.A.’s Fashion District and Historic Core. Indie Desk provides a hub for creative people looking to find the middle ground between working out of their lofts and renting commercial office space. The 2,000 square-foot coworking space features spacious workstations, a conference room, and a kitchenette with all you can drink water, soda and coffee. Membership options include day passes, full-time desks and lite access when you need to meet clients. Amenities include business mail delivery, private desks, and storage lockers.
4. Byte & Mortar – Metro Detroit, MI @ByteAndMortar
Byte & Mortar is a relatively new addition to Troy, MI. The co-working space provides a modern design with a skilled reception staff, W-iFi, exclusive mailing address, conference space, full-featured phone, utilities, print/copy services, cleaning and more. They offer a reasonably priced membership plan starting at $159 per month and private office space for more established small businesses.
At first glance, Indy Hall resembles more of a college study lounge than a coworking space. Lived-in couches, artwork, wireless internet and bottomless coffee are just a few of the perks members enjoy. Indy Hall offers five month-to-month membership options which can easily be secured with a deposit equal to the membership level. Best of all members can upgrade or downgrade at any time.
6. Citizen Space – San Francisco, CA @citizenspace
San Francisco-based, Citizen Space aims to combine the best elements of a coffee shop (social, energetic and, yes, coffee) with a productive and functional workspace for indie workers at affordable rates. If you’re looking for a place to collaborate, get creative, meet fellow entrepreneurs and more, Citizen Space offers monthly memberships and a la carte hourly, daily and weekly rates for drop-ins.
7. Canvas – Washington, DC @canvascowork
Canvas offers a 6,000 square-foot coworking community designed for creatives, freelancers, independents and startups. Canvas embraces community and collaboration, regularly hosting industry events, presentations, meet-ups and even art galleries for their members. The collaborative work space offers six membership options including a day pass for conference room access.
Oficio, a boutique shared office and coworking space aims to offer the privacy of a home office and the comfort and social atmosphere of a coffee shop with the professional support of a corporate office. Oficio founders, Charlie Weisman and Nima Yadollahpour created the shared office space to cultivate ideas and creativity. What makes this coworking space unique is their in-house team of consultants: accounting, copywriting, graphic and web design, corporate law, public relations and marketing. Oficio offers monthly membership and “as needed” daily or weekly access passes.
9. Workhaus Lodge – Dallas, TX @WorkhausCowork
Workhaus, a Dallas-based boutique coworking facility, aims to combine a culture of mentorship, incubation, leadership, networking and creativity. Workhaus founder Ben Jenkins, created Workhaus to give members the environment needed to focus on their work. Members are carefully selected through a simple email questionnaire. Membership highlights include no long-term contracts, no deposits required, access to Workhaus Shop Talk Events and more. While printing, faxing, and copying are discouraged to promote green, sustainable living, Workhaus offers a unique break from the coworking norm.
10. 200 Office – Atlanta, GA @200office
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, 200 Office offers shared office space to entrepreneurs, freelancers, small businesses, and professionals. 200 Office offers competitively priced membership options including $10 day passes and monthly rates starting at $59. 200 Office members enjoy perks like Wi-Fi, mobile desks, private meeting rooms, printing and scanning, breakfast and lunch specials, and access to their business affiliates — a 2BA accelerator program and Business RadioX, a dedicated studio located at 200 Office.
11. CoInside – Houston, TX @coinsidehouston
CoInside, located in a renovated historic firehouse was created by founders Ky Wilson and Rosalind Wyatt to provide Houstonians with a progressive coworking, collaborative, and creative work space. Nestled in the First Ward Arts District, CoInside hosts a diverse group of un-incorporators, innovators and the independent business stylists. CoInside offers five membership levels starting at $100 per month along with $15 day passes.
12. MAKERS – Seattle, WA @Makersspace
MAKERS, a 7,000 square foot coworking space in downtown Seattle offers a modern and chic coworking space where members enjoy access to premium business amenities, conference rooms, telephone booths, large presentation kitchen, and comfortable lounge area. We love their incluse approach — all industries are welcome including small businesses, telecommuters, entrepreneurs – techies and creative contractors alike.
13. New Urban Suites & Business Club – Tampa, FL @NewUrbanSuites
New Urban Suites offers full-time, fully furnished executive suites with full service professional telephone answering, unlimited domestic long distance, high speed Internet, garage parking, access to three conference rooms, a full kitchen, clerical and administrative support and more. We particularly like their newest exclusive Business Club option, a part-time office solution for on-the-go entrepreneurs. Members enjoy semi-private individual work stations, an open work area, conference rooms, plus all the services and amenities of a complete office at a fraction of the price.
14. MiamiShared – Miami, FL @MiamiShared
MiamiShared, conveniently located in Downtown Miami, provides a modern coworking space for entrepreneurs and small business owners. They offer a variety of membership plans including, private offices, dedicated desks, virtual offices, and coworking shared desks in a hybrid of home, cafe and office space setting.
Holistic coworking anyone? Austin-based Soma Vida offers a unique coworking space for entrepreneurs and small business owners that seek to create more work-life balance. The health and wellness focused space offers coworking, conference room access, a yoga studio and wellness services. Their membership program is designed to restore balance to entrepreneurs by offering a unique blend of business support, workspace & wellness services to enrich and energize you and your work.
Editors Note: This list is curated from the nation’s top 25 DMA’s; in January 2013 CoInside was acquired by START Houston a coworking event space. If you know a coworking space that should be on our radar, let us know why you love it in the comments section below.