Let’s face it. Offices are so 2009.
For those of us who are self-employed or working at a lean startup, coworking spaces are where it’s at. With the growing popularity of communal spaces designed for working either alone or in small groups, it’s become apparent that each coworking space has its own personality and one is likely a better fit than others.
So which coworking space is right for you and your business? Read on to find out. Boulder’s coworking culture is deep and varied and there’s a space to suit you and your business.
The benefit you get with joining HUB is access to a great network. There are 40 other Impact HUBs around the globe and they all share resources and funds. With certain levels of membership, you also have access to mentors and capital to make your dreams a reality. HUB focuses primarily on socially aware businesses, so if that is your niche, this is the right space for you. Plus, if good furniture is your cup of tea, then HUB’s Herman Miller chairs are sure to do the trick for you. While the main working space is downstairs, the large windows let in a ton of natural light.
If you’re looking for a place to camp out in the heart of downtown Boulder, this is a great place to be. While there are no private offices in this space either, the noise level is fairly low. Plus, some of the perks of membership here are hard to ignore: three, count them, three patios for access to sun and views on gorgeous Colorado days and for those of you fitness fanatics Colab has a full-sized gym with a shower.
Fuse is located in beautiful building on Arapahoe and Broadway called The Riverside. When you join Fuse, you’re getting access to a very diverse space. Whether it’s private desks in the loft or comfy couches in the Fuse lounge, or, if you’re working in the evening, there’s a cafe on the main floor. While the upstairs loft is solely for private offices, the rest of the space offers a variety of working environments, no matter what your mood.
Scrib is located below ground and accessed in the basement of a building on Broadway and Morrison Alley (just north of Pearl Street), but while there may not be natural light, Scrib is bright and bubbly on the inside. There are lots of desks and couches with desk tops attached to them, so you won’t have a hard time finding a spot to sit. This space is all about the community that they’ve created over the past year or so. If you’re a freelancer, this is a great place to get to know a lot of the movers and shakers on the scene in Boulder.
Boulder Digital Arts (BDA)
If you’re a creative in any media field, this is a great choice. The space offers access to a professional photo studio and the ability to rent professional equipment if you need to. If you’re looking for something decidedly out of the hustle and bustle of downtown, BDA is the place. It’s quiet and tucked back off Arapahoe near 55th Street. The space also hosts an abundance of education events, so you can take advantage of those as well.
All of the spaces listed here offer a free one day pass so that you can go and check out the digs before you make a decision on which space to go with. Chances are that you’ll fall in love with more than one coworking space and that’s OK, you can sign up for reduced memberships with a couple and choose where to go each day based on your mood. If you want a little more comprehensive information on each of the spaces above, the Boulder Coworking Alliance has a fantastic chart to compare and contrast the spaces at a glance. Happy hunting!
Image courtesy of Fuse