An Introduction to Coworking in Austin

An Introduction to Coworking in Austin

For many professionals, the days of commuting to an office job every morning are over. According to Gallup, 37% of US workers have telecommuted for their jobs — a four-fold increase since 1995!

Austin is home to a growing community of remote workers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers who have the freedom to work from home. But while working from home can sound fun at first, it can be difficult to be productive at home while our laundry, Netflix, refrigerator, kids, and pets compete for our attention.

Coworking solves this problem by providing the space, amenities, collaboration, networking, and in-person relationships that are normally found in an office environment.

What is Coworking?

Coworking is the use of a shared office environment by people who are self-employed or work for different employers. These spaces are called coworking spaces or coworks.

In a coworking space, you will find individuals and companies coming together in a shared location to work productively, collaborate, gain referrals and professional connections, and become part of a community.

As telecommuting and freelancing continue to grow, the coworking industry is rapidly growing as well. Each coworking space has a different structure and pricing model which can include monthly memberships, drop-in day passes, or punch cards.

The benefits of working in a coworking space include:

— A productive work environment free of distractions

— An in-person community of connections and friends

— Office amenities such as internet, coffee, tea, snacks, and meeting rooms

Cost savings for small businesses (coworking spaces are often more affordable and flexible than renting traditional office space)

— Networking, social, and educational events

— Diversity of ideas, industries, and professions within one shared office space

— No “office politics” because the individuals in coworking spaces work for different companies

Who can benefit from coworking?

Anyone who wants to be more productive can benefit from working in a coworking space!

Coworking is especially popular for remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who has a job where they can work from home. Writers, bloggers, consultants, designers, web developers, social media influencers, and students can often be found working on their projects in a coworking space.

Small companies and teams can also benefit from coworking, as many coworking spaces have private offices available for rent within the space.

 

Where to Cowork in Austin

Austin is home to dozens of unique coworking spaces, each with its own focus and vibe. The spaces featured below represent a wide spectrum of styles and types of coworking, but this is not an exhaustive list of local coworks.

 

MELD Coworking

15% OFF coworking!

MELD Coworking is community of entrepreneurs and freelancers who share a professional workspace in a bright blue house in Central Austin. Each MELD member works in a different discipline, so it’s an ideal cowork for professionals who want to be the go-to referral in their industry. 502 W. 30th Street, Austin, TX

 

 

Soma Vida

10% OFF Coworking!

Soma Vida is a coworking space in East Austin with a focus on heart-centered wellness entrepreneurs. Soma Vida offers yoga, mindfulness, and wellness classes along with practitioners of over 15 healing modalities and a Mind Body Studio to rent for hosting workshops.  2324 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX

 

The Hive

10% OFF Entire Purchase

The Hive offers coworking and childcare in South Austin, making this a great coworking location for busy parents! Enjoy open seating, picnic tables, and being productive for a few hours while your children enjoy the supervised child care. 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin, TX

 

 

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