With flexible working hours, mobile productivity and virtual meetings becoming the new normal for professionals across the globe, start-ups and freelancers are looking to alternatives to traditional office environments to stay connected and get inspired.
Coworking spaces, shared workspaces that members can join for a fee that provide power, Wi-Fi and other office amenities, are an increasingly popular choice for smaller companies, solo-preneurs and freelancers that don’t need or want the overhead of a dedicated office space.
Here are 10 of the coolest coworking spaces in the US:
1. NGIN Workspace– Cambridge, Massachusetts
NGIN Workspace was built to “inspire” the minds of its members. With an emphasis on shared office space, this workspace aims at bringing together innovative minds to disrupt silos between different industries. To keep these great minds powered, the space offers an unlimited spread of hand-selected organic coffee and teas and tasty snacks.
2. Journey Coworking – Austin, Texas
Originally a warehouse located in East Downtown Austin, founder Vijay Mehra purchased the space and transformed it into a state of the art coworking space. The unique space, which is powered by solar panels, includes a top floor with balcony space, bar serving up local craft brews and wellness room with message chairs.
3. MEC– Miami, FL
Not only is this one of the most affordable coworking spaces we came across (full membership with a dedicated desk is just $149/mo), they’ve also got some great amenities like free mentoring, 6,000 sq feet of space with 15 private offices and over 20 coworking desks.
4. The Farm SoHo– New York City, New York
The Farm SoHo’s story is enough to peak interest. The space is a barn that was dismantled in Missouri and rebuilt into a loft coworking space in SoHo. The warm, creative environment will take you out of the city and into a space of like-minded entrepreneurs and freelancers.
5. Geekdom– San Antonio, Texas
With three floors, 44,000 square feet and dedicated event space, there’s enough room for everyone in Geekdom. The space is located in the historic Rand building, in the epicenter of San Antonio’s booming tech scene, hence the name. To keep techies of all backgrounds happy, the space offers “blistering fast” Wi-Fi, 3D printers, phone booths, standing desks and a full audiovisual setup.
6. Works Progress– Seattle, Washington
Seattle has a rich history of entrepreneurs, and this coworking space aims at keeping that history alive. The space bills itself as a community that supports and enhances productivity and career advancement. Works Progress focuses on the “triple bottom line” of social, environmental and financial benefits for its members.
7. Impact Hub–Oakland, California
Feel good while you work! This coworking space is located in the most diverse city in the U.S., and aims to be equal parts inspiring, creative and socially-conscious. Impact Hub’s mission is “to build an entrepreneurial community and coworking space to create solutions for a world that works for all.”
8. COCO– Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
COCO’s flagship space offers some truly unique meeting spaces, a Japanese Zen Garden and “an eclectic buzz inspired by past eras”. Whether you fancy a individual membership and chilling out in their giant bean bags, or you’re a group of budding individuals working on the next big thing, there are memberships and meet spaces for everyone. COCO also has locations in Chicago and St. Paul.
9. Atlanta Tech Village – Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta Tech Village (located right down the street from PGi headquarters) is a hotbed of innovation designed to help fuel Atlanta’s burgeoning tech start-up scene. The coworking space aims at building a thriving community of entrepreneurs to promote faster connections between talent, ideas and capital.
10. Icehouse – New Orleans, Louisiana
This New Orleans-based workspace was originally constructed as an actual icehouse in the ‘20s and features a huge 30-foot ceiling with skylights, pouring natural light on Louisiana’s entrepreneurs and start-ups. Studies have shown that natural light promotes productivity and creativity, so this meeting space is perfect to get those juices flowing!
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