Making money doing what you love in a jaw-dropping workspace with passionate like-minded people is the dream, right? Let me introduce you to WeWork. WeWork is an international membership-based workspace share for freelancers and small-business owners. Their mission is to make small businesses more successful by inspiring creativity in a space where meeting people and collaborating is organic. In just 3 years, WeWork has gone from a concept to more than 15,000 members in 26 locations and counting.
WeWork spaces are accessible by keycard 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Amenities include fully furnished work spaces; fast, reliable internet; free coffee and fruit; lounge areas; frequent workshops and events; conference rooms; outdoor spaces; editing bays; recording studios; screening rooms; event spaces; writers' rooms; print services; mediation rooms; and much more. Membership also includes access to the WeWork online community, where you can connect with other small-business owners outside of your own city. WeWork has also leveraged the size of their company to offer great health insurance plans to their members, which is a major perk.
These spaces range from $325-$600/mo. for a lab desk to $525-$950/mo. for a private 1-person office. Prices go up for multiperson offices. These flexible month-to-month spaces are absolutely beautiful and so flexible for a growing business. Once you become a member, you have access to offices in every city.
In Washington, D.C., alone they have 3 locations in Chinatown, Shaw, and Dupont Circle. I stopped by the Shaw location, located in the historic Wonderbread/Hostess Factory and voted one of the world's coolest offices by Inc. Magazine. This 33,000-sq. foot, 2-story, uniquely designed space was absolutely beautiful and bustling with activity. While waiting in the lounge/kitchen area with a complimentary fruit-infused water, I couldn't help but notice two large glass-pained garage doors that opened onto the expansive outdoor patio. The patio was beautiful and modern and had large and small tables to work outside. There was so much natural light and so much activity happening in just that one area. After the tour started, I walked through the hallways lined with individual glass offices branded with each businesses logo, and I was able to catch a glimpse of companies hard at work. There were event planners, photographers, web developers, designers--all with various sized spaces. According to my tour guide, a lot of companies had started with a small space and had expanded at WeWork, some now even occupy 16-person offices. There are currently 300 small businesses, the majority of which are creative businesses, that operate out of the Wonderbread facility, and it's growing quickly.
WeWork is so much more than stunning offices. It's space, community, and services that help propel you to build a sustainable business doing what you love in a fresh, exciting way.
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