Dozens of shared offices have sprung up all over Seattle; many cater to specific niches, offer tons of amenities and foster a sense of community.
Whether you’re a remote worker, running a freelance business or launching a startup, you might need a coworking space — particularly if you’re tired of falling into ennui’s grip at home or into a neighbor’s elbow at the local Starbucks.
The Seattle area has dozens of coworking spaces, most offering a “floating desk” (a temporary spot, either part-time or full-time), a permanent desk (often with mailbox privileges) or even a private office (yes, it’s possible).
Here are six unusual coworking places with cool extras — from editing bays for filmmakers to playrooms for your pint-sized, nap-needing boss (er, kid).
The Cloud Room (Capitol Hill; packages start at $125/month). Imagine waking on Monday, excited to go to the office. Not impossible, if your chicly designed workspace also hosts a swanky bar and an in-house library featuring art, design and civics titles. More perks: the ability to snuggle up around the fire pit on the year-round outdoor deck; sleek conference rooms with tech tools; art, music and design workshops; musical performances; clothing styling; and a “nerdy supper club” hosted by local pubic-radio station KUOW.
There are also in-house astrologer’s readings, monthly massage (er, bodywork) sessions and business coaching for entrepreneurs. The downside, perhaps: having so much fun you forget to submit those invoices.
Impact Hub Seattle (Pioneer Square; rates start at $35/month). Being part of something “bigger than yourself” can sound trite, but here, it’s literal. Impact Hub Seattle is dedicated to creating sustainable businesses and organizations for social and environmental good. And it’s just one hub in a network of more than 90 worldwide locations that support more than 15,000 workers.
The huge space — more than 40,000 square feet — has 42 private offices, five conference rooms, two classrooms and an event space, along with flexible desk spots. Upcoming training and workshop topics include emotional intelligence, brand architecture and decolonizing. Fun extras include standing desks, on-site massage therapists and discounts at local businesses.
The Inc. (Green Lake; basic memberships start at $50/quarter) Trying to juggle work calls while on toddler duty can lead to a lost client, an emergency room co-pay, a fire extinguisher — or all three. This nonprofit coworking center aims make life a little easier by offering on-site child care for walking toddlers through pre-K. A parent-only coworking room is available, along with a play/work room for hanging out with kids while checking email.
The Inc. is only open weekdays from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., but for an entrepreneur-parent, four uninterrupted hours is a dream.
Collective Chemistry (Pioneer Square; rates start at $250/month). When not working on your next movie, website or design project, enjoy movie nights, waffle Wednesdays and “beer and crayons” gatherings with fellow creatives, including graphic designers, animators and filmmakers. Use the backdrop studio, editing bay and conference room for solo or collaborative ventures, or you can utilize more traditional office benefits like a conference room and bike rack.
The space also hosts freelance friendly, well-attended Meetup workshops and networking events.
Type Set (Columbia City; memberships start at $85/month).“Writing is something you do alone,” said novelist John Green, who obviously never set foot in Type Set, a 650-square-foot coworking office with 10 spaces for writers. Ink-stained wretches can write at the two standing desks, read in two easy chairs, peruse a reference library stocked with galleys and members’ books (along with dictionaries) and, of course, chug free coffee.
Steal/borrow pens from fellow novelists, journalists and memoirists, then trade business cards at social mixers or lunches with literary professionals, such as a developmental editor and literary agent.
The Riveter (Fremont, Capitol Hill and Bellevue; packages start at $99/month). Like a change of scenery? Members of this rapidly growing coworking business, “Built by women, for everyone,” can use any of the three local spaces, all of which have 24-hour access. Riveters can attend professional development workshops or evening events with bestselling authors, Olympic athletes and U.S. senators.
Community memberships give access to programming such as morning yoga, happy hours and business development; dry cleaning and wellness discounts are also available.