The coworking market has started branching beyond traditional work spaces designed for the general workforce. Now, many companies are opening up niche coworking spaces to appeal to specific professions.
For example, New York-based startup Alma recently expanded its “co-practicing community of therapists, coaches, and wellness professionals” after raising $8 million in funding.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, clinic social workers, and others in the field can pay $165 per month to become Alma members and gain access to services like scheduling, billing, and even a matchmaking program that connects professionals with patients.
Niche coworking spaces have started popping up everywhere — whether it is Los Angeles-based Glitch City for indie game developers or Paragon Spaces, for cannabis industry professionals — the industry is clearly growing.
Another example is The Wing, a three-year-old coworking community that is designed for women. The firm focuses on providing female professionals with services best suited for their needs.
It is evident that commercial real estate owners are seeking new ways to utilize vacant space and, with the rise of freelance workers and entrepreneurs, coworking spaces could be the key to success.