Let’s Work Together, Wherever You Are

If there’s anything we’ve professionally learned in a pandemic, it’s that working from home can be challenging and lonely at times. Long hours spent staring at screens, little to no human engagement, and days that seem to blur together. 😫

The good news, coworking spaces and online communities—like mastermind and accountability groups—can help us go from disengaged and alone to uplifted and empowered. After all, two (or more) heads are usually better than one!

Here are a few ways we can find support systems, wherever and however we work.

—Online Communities—

Online communities are a wonderful way to stay connected, especially if and when your area is experiencing lockdowns. There are various virtual communities you can find here, with their own structures, requirements, and fees.

  • If you’re most interested in remote coworking, myworkhive offers virtual coworking opportunities around the globe. Members meet in Slack and it’s asynchronous, meaning you can pop in whenever works best for you. There are curated channels to swap skills or share your daily work goals, helping to keep you focused.

  • In recent years, livestream platforms like Twitch and even YouTube (yes, you can livestream!) have helped content creators, UX designers, and musicians alike connect with viewers and share about their days. These platforms are useful if you’re looking to virtually shadow a pro you admire, see troubleshooting in real-time, or connect with others working in the same field. For example, there are hundreds of “write with me” livestreams you can join in on, generating new content together.

  • You can often find Facebook groups built around specific industries (e.g., crafting, entrepreneurship, or real estate). These are structured as accountability or mastermind groups. You’ll work alongside others with similar goals—like identifying two new client leads within the next week or editing a collection of photos—and meet together to collaborate, share, and celebrate one another’s progress.

  • DIY your own! If you have an existing network, build and grow a community on your preferred platform. In this digital age, you can mix and match the practices that most fit your needs.

—Coworking Spaces—

Hoping to connect IRL? We’ve broken down some of the best US coworking spots by region below, keeping in mind culture, accessibility, and affordability—because finding community shouldn’t break the bank!

East Coast

  • New York City: There are coworking spaces all around the city, but our favorites include LMHQ, Freelancers Hub, and Greendesk. LMHQ is a nonprofit community, meeting, and event space located in downtown NYC, with both private spaces and day passes starting at $29. Conversely, Freelancers Hub is free for freelancers, partnering with the Mayor’s Office and Made in NY Media Center. It’s currently a virtual coworking space, hosting free educational workshops, legal and financial clinics, benefits assistance, and community events. For dedicated space, Greendesk has many locations around Brooklyn and Queens, and all are environmentally friendly!  

  • Philadelphia: The Yard is a well-known coworking space in Center City; you can join in person, and there are options for virtual memberships. If that’s not your jam, Cultureworks is specifically tailored to artists, art collectives, and creative organizations. And, of course, we love CityCoHo—it’s sustainably built, with walls made from recycled materials, low-energy windows, and reclaimed wood desks.

  • Atlanta: Strongbox West is one of Atlanta’s longest-running coworking spots, and the team makes space for everyone, from startups to freelancers. (Free parking is included in your membership!) Similarly, Alkaloid Networks has a plan for every type of employee, including WFH memberships. 

Midwest & Southwest

  • Chicago: Second Shift, located in Logan Square, has membership options for both teams and remote workers starting at $85/month, and we admire its dedication to building an inclusive, supportive community. For meetings and events specifically, check out Free Range Office. Or try Blue Lacuna, a coworking space led by a nonprofit focused on supporting marginalized communities.

  • Houston, Austin, & Dallas: Find community all over Texas. GoodWork Dallas, a coworking space focused on sustainability, is equipped with 450+ solar panels, LEED-certified electricity, and a tree-filled courtyard. In the social impact sector? You might love Austin’s VUKA, a member of nationwide Impact Hub. Finally, with locations in Houston, Austin, and the DFW area, Common Desk is an accessible space with new locations opening regularly.

  • Denver: Hello, Mile High City! For solar-powered space to work, check out Green Spaces in the RiNo Art District. For community-building, we recommend a tour of Thrive Workplace, a family-owned coworking space.

  • Twin Cities: Whether you’re in Minneapolis or St. Paul, there’s a coworking spot built with you in mind. The Coven, for example, is a safe space for women, trans, and non-binary people to come together. ModernWell is also made for women (though everyone is welcome); it’s particularly centered around wellness. You can find an Impact Hub branch here, too, focused on social impact.

West Coast

  • Los Angeles: “Work for yourself, not by yourself” is the motto at Blank Space, a thoughtful coworking space with five locations in southern California. If you’re near Inglewood, Black-owned LA Create Sp_ce is a wonderful community hub with individual and business memberships. For nonprofit and social enterprise employees, Hub LA in the Arts District is made just for you.

  • San Francisco & Oakland: Artists, startups, and employees alike love Oakstop, a Black-owned coworking hub in Oakland with vibrant decor and flexible membership options. Then there is Trellis, SF’s newest community space. It offers workers affordable amenities and resources for just $5/hour. In terms of sustainability, you can’t do better than CANOPY, which offsets two tons of carbon per member and hosts tree-planting initiatives.

  • Portland: Find a cozy community in Portland with Collective Agency, a workplace that includes workplace democracy (if you’d like!) and regular events, whether on Slack or in person. Another great option is openHaus, a Black- and woman-owned coworking spot, which prides itself on being affirming and inclusive.

  • Seattle: Meet soon-to-be friends or coworkers at thinkspace, a community space open to 600+ members. Or, explore one of the greenest commercial buildings in the world for your next coworking day: the Bullitt Center. It includes solar panels, composting toilets, and even a regenerative elevator. Lastly, The Inc. Coworking offers playschool and childcare so you can focus on getting work done; this space is currently closed due to COVID, but sign up for their email list to learn more about reopening.

Do you work in a traditional office, or are you enjoying a coworking space in your city? Be sure to drop your recommen dations in the comments below! 🤓 💻