Coworking spaces have become a popular choice for small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs who need an office space. Coworking spaces provide a professional environment at an affordable price. They also give those who are new to working from home the experience of having an office without the worry of paying rent or having to worry about utilities or insurance.
By renting space in one of these shared workspaces, you can work alongside other professionals who share similar goals of growing their business while saving money on overhead costs such as rent, electricity bills and furniture expenses that come along with being self-employed or running your own company from home.
In fact, many individuals choose this type of arrangement because they don’t want to deal with any hassles associated with running their own business but rather focus on growing sales/income via their primary career path instead (or any combination thereof).
As coworking has grown, and continues to grow, it is important for people to know about the differences between the many coworking spaces that exist. This can help you decide if a certain type of coworking space would be a good fit for your particular needs.
Types of co-working spaces
There are many different types of coworking spaces available today. Each type has a different goal and target audience in mind. You should consider this when choosing a coworking space: is it only for freelancers? Do they offer an open plan or private offices? What’s their pricing model? And so on.
Coworking spaces can be divided into eight distinct types. Each type has a different goal, different target audience, and different pricing model.
The first type of co-working space is the Startup Hub.
The first type of coworking space is the Startup Hub, which focuses on supporting entrepreneurs by providing them with office space and equipment, as well as a community in which they can interact and have access to mentors and investors.
The main goal of a startup hub is to help small companies grow. As such, these spaces are usually run by investors or people who have experience in entrepreneurship. They may also offer services such as accounting, legal assistance, marketing advice or other resources that can help small businesses succeed.
Startup hubs typically provide members with more than just an office space; they also offer networking opportunities that are crucial for growth in this industry (and in any industry). Members get access to mentors who can teach them how to become successful entrepreneurs and connect them with potential investors or customers who could help take their business to new heights.
The second type is the Social Impact or Community Center.
This type of space focuses on trying to make an impact in their community through coworking, such as increasing access to technology, creating opportunities for small businesses owners or nonprofits to grow, or working towards other goals that are tied to the greater good of the community. They may also be involved in social justice issues and promote diversity in the area.
A third type is one that focuses on education/training—whether it’s an educational institution or a school system looking for a way to provide better learning environments for students through shared working space with mentorships/tutorships/classes taught by local experts who can then share their knowledge with others who may not have access otherwise because they don’t live nearby.
This may also include fields like medicine or law where professionals need access from other professionals from around town but don’t necessarily want their office address publicized because they do sensitive work like counseling victims of domestic abuse at home without causing additional harm by bringing attention back onto them after being left alone by family members during recovery time periods when possible threats could still exist even though direct threats have subsided temporarily if not permanently depending on circumstances surrounding specific cases).
The fourth type of coworking space is the Corporate Office.
The fourth type of coworking space is the Corporate Office. This refers to offices that are run by large corporations (Microsoft, Google) but are open to the public. These can vary from offices designed for professionals who work with the company all-day (engineers at a tech company) to creative shops where anyone can come work for free for a few hours.
Corporate offices differ from coworking spaces in that they are generally only available to employees of a specific organization or company; and in some cases, there is also an application process involved before you can use them as well as some sort of membership fee attached as well.
The fifth type of coworking space is the Open desk space
Open desk space is a co-working environment that allows you to rent out a desk for your own use. This is the most affordable option, as you don’t need to pay for a permanent office or even have an office at all. The downside is that you may have to share the space with other people who also work from home and can be around at any time of day or night.
Open desk space benefits freelancers because they don’t have to find an office location and then share it with other workers. It also benefits remote workers because it allows them to have some type of professional feeling while working from home without having to spend money on buying their own furniture and office supplies.
Open desk spaces are ideal for entrepreneurs looking into starting up their own business without having too much overhead costs associated with it right away.
The sixth type of coworking space is the Individual offices
If you need some privacy, this option is a good choice. If you want to work in silence or focus on a project, individual offices are also a great option.
If you’re looking for a space where you can focus on your work without distractions, an individual office is a right choice. You have privacy and control over how loud or quiet it’s going to be in your space.
The seventh type of coworking space is the Dedicated desk space
Dedicated desk space is a shared workspace for one person. It’s generally located in a coworking community and comes with its own private office, but you’ll share that space with colleagues who may be working on their own projects at the same time.
If you’re looking for more privacy than what shared desks provide, dedicated desk space is an excellent choice—you have your own workstation, which means less distraction from others around you while trying to focus on your own work.
The eighth type of coworking space is the Suite offices
Suite offices are usually the most expensive option, but they also tend to be the largest and most private options. If you need your own suite office, you’ll probably want one that’s secure as well—and if it’s in a high-rise building with other companies around, you might want to choose an exclusive location.
Other than working areas -Event spaces
- Event spaces are designed to accommodate meetings, presentations, workshops and other events. They typically feature the equipment needed to run these types of events, such as projectors and screens. Many event spaces also double as coworking areas during the day.
- Event spaces can be used for after-hours events like networking or happy hours, which are often hosted by local businesses or organizations that have partnered with a co-working space for access to their facilities.
Lounge and cafe
- Lounge and cafe: This is where you’ll find the lounge area, coffee bar, snacks and some seating.
- Breakout areas: These spaces are great for small meetings or working on your own. They typically have a few tables and chairs spread out throughout them so you can work in a group at one end of the room or privately in your own corner.
- Conference rooms: A conference room is exactly what it sounds like—a room set up for use by multiple people for meetings or presentations. They may also be reserved for individual use if needed (this is especially common in coworking spaces).
- Office supplies: You can usually find everything from pens to staplers available here, but sometimes items will be available only upon request through staff members who monitor this space regularly—so don’t expect to just grab whatever you need when needed!
With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. But if you have a clear vision for your business and know what type of space you need, then this list should help narrow things down. If not, don’t worry! Zemlar offer tours of all our locations so we can meet with you in person and show you around before deciding which co-working space fits best within your budget and lifestyle.