Create a coworking space to save money on traditional high rents and long contracts, and also find mutual support from others. Instead of signing a 5-year lease to rent a tiny office in a busy street with no mod cons, coworking enables you to ‘hot desk’ and share a workspace with others. Some people rent full-time, but most share the same desk in modern airy offices with use of Wi-fi, voicemail and even some have quiet meeting rooms. Most are near good public transport and have lovely designs to make it a pleasure to work in. Most people simply work from home, then rent the office space a few times a week, to catch up on ‘official business’, making use of items they then don’t have to buy at home (fax machines, printers etc).
The Coworking Handbook is the ultimate guide from a successful founder of a co-working space in Brussels. It shows you how to design and create a space to share, if you don’t have one locally. Including working with the local media, to launch your new coworking space.
Many coworking spaces are dog-friendly, if you take your pooch to work. But many have airy spaces with plants, so see make your garden safe for pets to know toxic plants to avoid (even brushing a tail against a sago palm or lily plant could harm). You could just sit at an alternative desk, or pass the plant to someone else!
- Union St (Sheffield) is a good example of coworking. For one monthly fee (no contract), members get a beautiful workspace 10 minutes from the train station, superfast WiFI, free access to meeting rooms, an on-site barista & street food trader serving lunch, lockers to store laptops and the ability to use a postal address.
- TusPark (Cambridge & Newcastle) starts from £200 a month rent, and offers your own desk with free meeting rooms, SKYPE rooms and a fridge/coffee room, 24/7 access plus bike and shower rooms.
- Keyboards and Dreams (London) offers budget office space, in a city with skyhigh rents. If you don’t need meeting rooms and you don’t mind cleaning your own space, this is for you. Everything else is included, for one monthly cost.
- The Moseley Exchange (Birmingham) is a flexible workspace to find people and resources you need from a place to work, printing facilities, or just a cup of coffee.
- Duke Studios (Leeds) is a beautiful open collaborative space, in the heart of the city. Find fellow creatives including designers, photographers, illustrators, landscape architects and bloggers, all helping and supporting each other to gain success
- Second Home has 4 London locations, offering flex time (so you only pay for the time you’re there) in beautiful offices filled with natural light, plants and trees.
- The Assembly (Manchester) offers your own desk with Internet access, free meeting rooms, VOIP phones and as much free caffeine as you can handle. It’s also dog-friendly.
- Le Bureau (south west London) is a bit more upmarket. Choose from spacious hot desking or your own comfortable office, with beautiful meeting rooms, free refreshments and visitor parking. The rents are around half the price of traditional rents.
I am a positive force of change in the world. I contribute. I don’t whine. I look for the positive to learn and to change things. I help make things better. When I find a problem I try to find or create a solution. Ramon Suarez