Is Your Coworking Space on “The List”?

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Recently Symmetry50, a bookkeeping company for small businesses, identified and ranked 75 co-working spaces across the U.S. that they felt were the best.

In all truthfulness, we can’t vouch for the science behind their rankings. The criteria is not clear. However, we found it interesting to come across a large listing of successful, well run U.S. based co-working spaces, several of which, by the way, we have written about on the pages of OT.

We’ve reprinted the top ten ranked spaces below, for your information. You can review the entire list here.

Let us know what you think. Did Symmetry50 get it right? Did they correctly identify all the ‘stand out’ spaces or did they miss a few? More importantly, if you operate a space, is yours on the list?

#10 Office Nomads, Seattle, Washington
Office Nomads is a coworking community in Capitol Hill, Seattle. Dedicated to cultivating a dynamic, creative and collaborative environment for Seattle’s nomadic workforce. They believe that by working together we can accomplish more than we could alone, and they would love for you to join them. Find the coworkers you’ve been looking for and get inspired. Office Nomads is an intentional coworking space – as a member you become part of a group of independent workers who face similar issues and have a diverse set of skills to meet any task.

#9 HackerLab, Sacramento, California
Build your company alongside a community of entrepreneurs. Hacker Lab’s coworking space is a perfect place to focus alongside fellow entrepreneurs and freelancers. They have super fast internet via TSE Communications, plenty of work space, coffee/tea bar via Old Soul, and a health and wellness program via Yoga Seed. Members enjoy 24/7 access – yes that’s right, no more getting kicked out of that coffee shop when you’re in the groove.

#8 Co+Hoots, Phoenix, Arizona
Co+Hoots is the only shared downtown Phoenix office location that promotes collaboration and provides the professional and inspirational self-sustaining space to grow and nurture entrepreneurialism. Freelance creatives, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business of all areas flock to be part of the growing vibrancy of downtown Phoenix. As a community of local-minded and business-focused people, they’re able to collaborate on projects, share resources and generate more success to support coworkers livelihoods. Co+Hoots is designed to help your business thrive.

#7 The Urban Hive, Sacramento California
Providing Sacramento entrepreneurs, hackers, and creatives a place to go, an un-office if you will, to connect, collaborate, create, work and (yes!) play. A membership-based collective of entrepreneurs, creatives and change-makers who are passionate about challenging the status-quo, reject outdated modes of work and believe in the power of human connection, collaboration, innovation and community. Their membership of more than 100 now include a dozen design firms and tech start-ups, Emmy Award-winning documentarians, non-profits and social entrepreneurs, as well as independent designers, writers, creatives, entrepreneurs, artists, business professionals, educators and poets.

They operate out of a modern, urban-industrial space at the center of Midtown Sacramento, in the heart of the current cultural explosion that is happening in their city. Marked by old brick walls, soaring ceilings, concrete floors, steel tables, modern furniture and spectacular art. With the goal of providing the best work environment anywhere, they have created a space where ideas can be born, connections can be made, projects can take flight, and community can be fostered. Empowering creatives, entrepreneurs, and start-ups by offering them shared work spaces, private offices, meeting and conference rooms, a shared kitchen, blazing wifi, and french-pressed coffee, as well as regular networking, educational, and entertainment events.

They have created this space because they believe in the power of human connection. They believe that great things come through collaboration and networks; that driven and creative people need to be inspired by their surroundings and the people around them.

#6 CoLoft, Santa Monica, California
Coloft is a community and shared workspace for entrepreneurs, tech startups, programmers, designers and other independents. Pando Daily called them “The Cheers of LA’s Tech Ecosystem”. They believe that putting all of us together results in amazing things –together we are even more brilliant than we are alone. What makes Coloft special is the community. Work space is just the side effect. Colofters watch out for one another, respect one another, grab lunch together, get drinks at happy hour, and take care of their space. To stay true to this, they have to make sure that everyone that’s interested in Colofting realizes that it’s not just a work space. Because being a Colofter is so much more.

#5 BlankSpaces, Los Angeles, California
A coworking office space in Los Angeles since 2008. Offering flexible, modern work spaces for entrepreneurs and independent professionals. From privates offices to a communal WorkBar, they have the right size and style work space for any needs. Whether you need a permanent place to work every day, or just a place to drop in once in a while, they have the right BlankSpace for you. “Work for yourself, not by yourself.”

#4 New Work City, New York, New York
Leaving behind traditional employment is becoming increasingly normal, but it doesn’t seem that way. The moment you decide to strike out on your own, you become responsible for everything. You don’t necessarily have a lot of help, or people to bounce things off of. To forge your own path is a great thing, but doing it alone can be hard.

While having a space to work in is a critical component to the process, New Work City recognizes that we’re gathering not because we need space, but because we want to be around people we get along with. While that could happen anywhere, coworking spaces provide a consistent and reliable place you can count on to welcome you with open arms any time.

Coworking gives us a way to work on our own things while still feeling like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. Feeling like you can commute to a place where people you know will be working and excited to see you can be a really, really good feeling. By forming communities around our shared needs, we create opportunities to help each other. Someone else’s weakness is another’s strength; together we are far more than the sum of our parts.

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New Work City wanted to take all of the good parts about the office spaces we used to occupy, but leave behind all of the sucky parts. They wanted to make a workplace that you would feel excited to visit every day. They built a place where who you are matters more than what you do. They discovered that when they gave people a chance to develop authentic relationships with each other in a natural way, people’s lives and businesses end up thriving as a result.

#3 Co-Merge, San Diego, California
Co-Merge is an ideal workplace for freelancers, start-up firms, and consultants that also provides an alternative workplace solution for companies seeking a downtown presence. Co-Merge was designed to encourage collaboration between its members while also offering private office solutions. Located in the heart of San Diego’s Financial District, the newly renovated office building features the latest technology for Internet access, phone service, video conferencing, group presentations and virtual offices.

#2 Hera Hub, San Diego, California
Hera Hub is the first national spa-inspired coworking space for female entrepreneurs. A work, meeting and event space for entrepreneurial women with three San Diego locations. Hera Hub is a shared, flexible work and meeting space where entrepreneurial women can create and collaborate in a professional, productive, spa-like environment. The platform provides members with connections to other business experts, access to educational workshops, and visibility within the community… thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous. The platform serves independent workers and entrepreneurial women at all stages of business and in a variety of industries.

#1 NextSpace, San Francisco, California
NextSpace is the workplace for the new economy. They provide innovative physical and virtual infrastructure that freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the creative class need to succeed in the 21st century.

NextSpace sells membership into a collaborative community. Their members come from a wide variety of industries: software, design, marketing, legal services, architecture, and engineering just to name a few. Some are lifelong freelancers, while some have been downsized from bigger companies and are just beginning to venture out on their own. Some telecommute to bigger companies on the other side of the country or the other side of the world. Some are startups, starting growth-minded companies with dreams of a big exit, while some are using their skills simply to earn a living.

Like a gym for freelancers and entrepreneurs. You can set up your desk in your living room, just like you can set up a treadmill, but really how much fun is working or working out alone? Working alone kinda sucks. Just think for a moment what it could create for you business if you spent even a few days a week in an environment where everyone around you was also working on their business.

We are smarter as a collective. You may have noticed that talking with other entrepreneurial types leads to insights that leap your business forward or blow out blockages. They have a wide variety of businesses in the NextSpace coworking community. Coders, web designers & developers, branding designers, social media strategists, intellectual property lawyers, nonprofits protecting the environment, people changing cancer research and protecting privacy on the web, experts in building websites for small businesses, landscape designers, just to name a few. While serious work happens at NextSpace they also enjoy having fun.

Thanks to NextSpace, San Francisco for the image