There are two sides to working from home. On one hand, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house to knock out tasks or grind away on your side projects. And on the other hand, never leaving the comfort of your home can become isolating and it becomes difficult to disconnect with reminders of work all around you. If you feel this way about your home office, you’re not alone. That’s why people like Melissa Blackburn and Danielle Allison Lim, co-founders of Haven Collective, are creating spaces to alleviate problems and promote community amongst like-minded and driven individuals.
Haven Collective is a co-working space with a location in Upper Arlington as well as the recently opened mansion operating on Broad Street. Whether you’re a freelancer looking to get started or a veteran of your industry, using a co-working space offers benefits such as low overhead, a variety of payment options, further education through specialty events, and networking opportunities. And once you dig a little deeper, you’ll see what space works best for you and your needs. Some places are better suited for smaller companies; others offer space for up to 100 employees. If the home office is a means of convenience due to parenting, Haven Collective offers a playroom for little ones so mom or dad can stay productive while the kids stay entertained.
But with so many options available, it can get overwhelming just picking one. That’s where we come in. We did some legwork for you to point you in the direction of six additional co-working spaces in the city that are worth checking out.
COVA COWORK | 1069 W Broad St. or 470 W Broad St.
The founders of Cova CoWork know a thing or two about co-working spaces; between all of them, they have collectively worked out of 40 different offices. And it’s these experiences that have helped them shape Cova CoWork into what it is today. Of course, members will have access to high speed internet and all the coffee they can handle, but they’ll also have more lifestyle options such as day care for children at the Gravity location or wellness support. Memberships at Cova CoWork at Gravity begin at $250 while memberships to the location in Franklinton begin at $200.
CO-HATCH | Various (Easton, Polaris, Upper Arlington, two in Worthington, soon-to-be in Dublin)
Whether this is your first crack at starting a business or you’ve been in the industry for years, Co-Hatch has options and locations that will suit your needs. The price points here range from the starter package at $59, granting members 10 hours of usage per month, up to the dedicated desk option at $299 a month where members have access to meeting rooms and event space as well as unlimited usage hours. Co-Hatch is also a communal place to host gatherings as it features a patio for parties, entertainment for children, and even a full gym at the Worthington spot.
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THE PERCH | 45 E Lincoln St.
Industrial design, high ceilings, and tons of lights— it’s like a millennial’s workplace dream. The Perch is a locally owned co-working space one block away from High Street, making it right in the heart of all the action near the Short North, Italian Village, and Downtown. A membership here offers a variety of office necessities such as an AppleTV with a 65’ display, private conference rooms, and perhaps best of all, on-site parking. Additionally, members have options when it comes to dedicated desks and office space, with spaces available for a single person, or a team of four to five. For prices and rates, visit theperchshortnorth.com.
QWIRK COWORKING | 341 S Third St., Suite 100
Are you looking to dip your toes into the co-working space waters, but aren’t sure where to begin? With the recent announcement of free Fridays where there’s no cost to use the space, QWirk might be a great place to start. Here, members have flexibility when it comes to packages. If you are hoping to set up shop for the foreseeable future, a dedicated room or desk starting at $375 a month might be your best bet. But, if you are just looking to ‘wow’ a client or host a conference, day passes are available for just $10. While in the space, you’ll have access to common areas where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack plus amenities such as high speed internet, lockers to store your personal items, and a mail collection service.
THE IDEA FOUNDRY | 421 W State St.
The Idea Foundry is a hub of creativity. It’s one part a place for classes and workshops, another part an area for events and exhibits, and a final part of co-working spaces and dedicated offices. The options for space here are seemingly endless. If you are just looking for a little extra space for your side hustle, the five-visits-a-month package starts at $100 and provides ultimate flexibility for your schedule. And if you are looking for a more permanent spot, co-working spaces start at $200 per month while dedicated desks begin at $350 per month.
VERSA | 1201 Dublin Rd. or 205 W Nationwide Blvd.
While co-working spaces are popular amongst start-ups and newer businesses, they are also great for a company that is quickly expanding. At Versa, they can offer private office space for a group ranging from two employees to more than 100 workers, meaning they can play host to a variety of businesses in need of space. And if the typical desk setting isn’t your speed, the open work areas provide sofas, couches, and even a patio, all with access to the amenities and perks inside. The best perk of all, though? Versa is dog-friendly and who amongst us couldn’t use more dogs inside the workplace?