It can get lonely working from home every day. Coffeehouses aren’t the refuges they used to be: Baristas these days start giving the evil eye to anyone using a laptop for more than a half hour, suggesting you’d better buy a refill or scram. If you’re looking for a place to hang your hat and plug in your computer, the better alternative is to rent a co-working space. More than 300 sites in the U.S. offer professionals shared use of an office for a small fee. To give you an idea of what to look for, here are five of America’s coolest co-working spaces.
Space12 in Austin, Texas. This multipurpose facility hosts art shows, concerts, yoga classes, and — Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — a cozy co-working space with tables, couches, and a pingpong table. Suggested rates are $10 daily and $250 monthly, with group discounts available.
General Assembly in New York City. This 20,000-square-foot space in the Flatiron District aims to be a hub for tech entrepreneurs. The sleek building features a library, several conference rooms, a bike storage area, and open work spaces; a permanent desk costs $474 per month. Current co-working members include start-ups Food52 and Tipspring. There is currently a waiting list to join, but applications are available here. In addition to a vibrant community, General Assembly offers classes about entrepreneurship and other special events.
Citizen Space in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and San Jose, Calif. Each location boasts a large, open floor plan with dedicated desks, communal tables, and conference rooms — and maintains a pet-friendly policy. Unlimited monthly membership is $425. The centers also host workshops and classes.
The COOP in Chicago (pictured). Billed as the place “where ideas hatch,” The COOP offers desks, a conference room, and an office dog. Its flexible payment plan allows daily, monthly, or per-visit leases. (Monthly rates are $300, plus a $50 key deposit.) The space also displays the work of local artists.
If your city isn’t listed here, check the Coworking Wiki for available spaces near you.