As recent as just 5 years ago co-working, in places other than the Bay Area, was a completely foreign concept. The practice of working on “your own thing” with other people only happened in coffee shops, and even then it wasn’t clearly marketed as such it was more like the people followed the wifi.
But now, in 2019, we are in a co-working revolution! Big and small, national and local, if you’re working in any major city then you probably are very familiar with what is out there. If you aren’t familiar, co-working spaces are perfect for bouncing ideas off new friends, finding potential collaborators, and gives you access to a community of self-motivated change makers just like you. That said, we recognize that many of you are out there working on your side hustle and personal development, so we want to make it easy for your to work on what’s important to you while meeting like-minded folks.
1.) WeWork – arguably the most recognized name on the list, WeWork is all across the U.S., in every major market, and around the world. This is a great place to get inspired and get to work if you’re looking for an industry-tested spot to land on. It’s also great for small businesses looking for space as they grow – large ones too!
2.) The Wing – Admittedly my favorite, on the list, The Wing is an all female (non-binary/trans friendly) space. They focus on fostering events for personal empowerment and even house fancy items like Chanel perfume for their lady loves in their powder room; with in-house showers, it’s amazing people ever leave. PS – they’ve even had guests like JLo and Meryl Streep come meet their community. This space is perfect for any women, even if you don’t need co-working! Honorable mentions: Hera Hub, RISE, and The Riveter are all also focused on women empowerment. Learn more about them here.
3.) Impact Hub – While boasting a shorter U.S. list than the aforementioned, this one has a special place in my heart because of their mission-driven cause. “The United Nations Office in Geneva acknowledges Impact Hub as a driver of community engagement, helping not only to foster but also to extend the efforts directed to tackle the SDGs via entrepreneurial and innovative solutions.” If you’re a global citizen, this may be what you’re looking for to level up in 2019.
Whether you think a co-working space is for you or not, may I recommend you keep the idea of putting yourself out there and simply showing up in mind. You never know who is waiting to connect with YOU!