Coworking spaces make it ridiculously easy for entrepreneurs today to find an office space.
Back in 2008, when I first started looking for office space for my new startup, the process was insanely difficult. You could either lease or sublease.
The leases were long. Usually they tried to lock me into a multi-year lease. Plus, there were additional expenses, such as furniture, Internet access, and cleaning.
Long leases make hiring a big issue for growing startups. Your office needs can change every six months to a year. So that usually leaves you with two equally bad options. You can either:
- Overpay for too much office space that you'll (hopefully) grow into.
- Pay for a space you know you'll probably outgrow before the lease is up.
All of this made life pretty hard for startups.
That was before the rise of coworking spaces.
Now, thanks to the shared office revolution, finding office space is amazingly easy for entrepreneurs. More of these shared workspaces are popping up across the U.S. every day.
I'm going through this process right now. I've just started a new company, MobileMonkey, and have been looking for a new office space.
I've been blown away with how flexible the month-to-month terms are at these coworking spaces. While office space is still a huge expense, at least lease duration and office size issues are no longer huge barriers to entry for cash-strapped entrepreneurs.
So where should you work? If you're looking for your own space now (whether you're an entrepreneur, freelancer, telecommuter, or even just need a great place to work for a day), you might want to consider one of these 23 great coworking spaces in the U.S.
No list would be complete without it. WeWork offers workspaces and services in 19 U.S. cities with a heavy focus on community and events (lunch and learns, happy hours, networking events). WeWork offers a few membership plans and pricing to fit your needs - for example, private offices start at $400 a month.
Finally, there's Regus. It offers office space, virtual office, co-working, and meeting rooms in 475 cities across the U.S. It's home to many fast-growing businesses, large companies, and entrepreneurs. Here, you can pay as you go or reserve a space for months (or even years).
3. Proximity Space
With eight locations in Colorado, (it's flagship location is in Montrose) Proximity Space boasts a huge list of amenities in its inspirational work environments. The company believes "proximity" to each other, in a connected "space", is what will produce the opportunities of the future.
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the CO+HOOTS shared space is home to great services, amenities, and collaboration. Members here say it offers access to an incredible local community of entrepreneurs who are full of enthusiasm and energy - and ready to grow their businesses.
Workbar offers modern and cozy coworking spaces, meeting rooms, event spaces, and a variety of social meetups and educational workshops at locations in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Members say it's a great place to work, socialize, and collaborate.
6. Impact Hub
With 14 locations in the U.S., Impact Hub is designed to bring together three elements - a vibrant community, inspiration, and a great place to work, meet, learn, and connect.
NextSpace, with seven locations and California and one in Chicago, Illinois, was actually one of the pioners in the coworking space. Since then, they have continued opening unique places for people to go and do their best work.
8. Bond Collective
Bond Collective offers coworking spaces at four locations in New York City. Members here love the "luxury" office spaces that are designed to feel like home. A friendly and helpful staff is another big perk, according to members.
9. NGIN Workplace
Located in Cambridge's Kendall Square, this beautiful and sunny shared office space was designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. NGIN Workplace also boasts tons of activities designed to bring the community together.
Grind says it was "built for free radicals who would rather work in a community than a company." Members say it's great to be a "Grindist."
11. The Yard
The Yard has eight locations just in New York City, but has locations in three other big cities (Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.). It offers luxury office spaces, open coworking, and dedicated desks with flexible memberships and plenty of perks.
Galvanize bills itself as a place where your company will get more than just office space. With eight locations across the U.S., Galvanize puts a heavy emphasis on education, calling itself a learning community for technology.
Promising stunning offices, inviting hospitality, and a vibrant and inspiring professional community, Industrious has 21 locations in the U.S. And it delivers, according to members who say they love the staff, facilities, and flexibility.
With nine locations across the country, Techspace has some stunning spaces available to entrepreneurs and startups looking to grow. Here, it's all about creativity, beauty, and community.
15. Venture X
Venture X describes its coworking spaces as a blend of boutique hotel and modern office styles with a high level of design that feels professional and welcoming. Membership offers plenty of benefits, whether you're looking for a virtual office, dedicated space, or private offices.
16. Serendipity Labs
Now in eight locations, Serendipity Labs offers members an upscale, beautiful workplace environment. Memberships include full-time and part-time coworking, as well as dedicated private offices, workstations, and team rooms.
With two locations in California, HackerLab bills itself as an innovative workspace for entrepreneurs. In addition to office and working spaces, it offers more than 50 meetups, events, and classes every month to train entrepreneurs, designers, and coders.
In addition to offering St. Louis, Missouri, startups a professional office and work spaces, members of TheHive44 can take advantage of a variety of business services and events all designed to boost their businesses and build communities.
19. FatPipe ABQ
An outstanding location, space, and community filled with entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and innovators. That's how many members describe FatPipe ABQ, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It also offers great networking opportunities and a productive environment.
20. The LAB Miami
This chill coworking space filled with a talented and diverse group of people is located in an ultra-hip Wynwood area of Miami, Florida. The LAB Miami is ideal for anyone seeking excellent vibes, friendly staff, and a motivating atmosphere.
21. Hub Sarasota
Located in Sarasota, Florida, the HuB shared office space is a great place to work and network with great people. It's home to a creative atmosphere and is also fantastic for networking, education, and collaboration.
22. Alkaloid Networks
Members here love the amazing location of this coworking space on the Beltline in Atlanta, Georgia. But above that, Alkaloid Networks provides a quiet and productive atmosphere filled with wonderful and friendly people.
23. Union Cowork
It's all about the thriving community at this shared space in San Diego, California. Entrepreneurs who work at Union Cowork love it for its great culture and networking opportunities.