Since the mid-2000s, a new type of work environment has been steadily gaining popularity amongst freelancers and startup entrepreneurs—the coworking space. Thanks to a sharp rise in the number of professionals who can work anywhere tables, desks, and stable internet connections can be found, these shared office spaces have popped up in many of the larger cities in North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.
Why Coworking Spaces?
Shared office spaces are attractive to freelance, startup, and remote-working professionals alike for the flexibility they afford as well as for the infrastructure and sense of community they provide. Deterred by the high overhead costs and long-term leases associated with renting traditional office spaces, many entrepreneurs have opted instead to rent workspace on a month-to-month basis where they can enjoy the freedom offered by working in a communal environment. In addition to workspace necessities like office furniture and high-speed internet, many coworking spaces provide perks and benefits to its members like free coffee, discounts, workshops, and events.
Here are a few of the most notable coworking spaces in the U.S. and beyond!
1. Impact Hub – Worldwide
With 86 locations (and counting) in 5 regions of the globe, Impact Hub is a well-established coworking space franchise that offers vibrant, collaborative work spaces and networking events for freelancers and entrepreneurs.
2. CO+HOOTS – Phoenix, AZ
Putting Phoenix, Arizona firmly on the coworking hotspot map, CO+HOOTS has consistently been ranked among the best coworking spaces in the U.S. since its founding in 2010. Located in the heart of Phoenix, CO+HOOTS boasts a membership of more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and regularly hosts networking events and workshops.
3. WeWork – Worldwide
One of most well-known coworking space franchises globally, WeWork boasts over 200 office locations in 49 cities around the world. Wework offers a variety of membership plans and workspaces suited for individuals and small businesses for daily and monthly rentals.
4. Regus – Worldwide
With 3,000 locations in 120 countries, Regus is a global coworking space provider that offers all-included memberships and office logistics for individuals, startups, and large companies. Whether you’re working in India or Indiana, there’s a good chance a Regus can be found in a city near you.
5. The Boardroom – Anchorage, AK
If you live in Anchorage, Alaska or ever plan on visiting, then The Boardroom is definitely worth checking out. Complete with treadmill workstations, mail service, coffee, and even happy hours, The Boardroom is at the centre of a thriving entrepreneurial culture in Anchorage.
6. Ensemble – New York, NY
Located right smack in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, New York City’s Ensemble rents workspace starting at just $35/day. Perks and amenities include a kitchen, organic coffee, a library, phone books, and regularly-scheduled networking events.
7. Workhaus – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
With several locations in FreeConference’s very own hometown of Toronto, Canada, Workhaus boasts an array of perks and benefits for its members, including boardrooms, mail handling, free coffee and tea, and even microbrew beer on tap. Workspace access starts at just $250/month.
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