As anyone who works from home knows, things can get pretty uncomfortable after a couple of days as the dishes pile up and you forget how to communicate with other people. The right desk, a nice window, room to think, some ambient noise–they all boost your energy level and productivity.
Small companies, entrepreneurs, and solo practicioners are all choosing to spend part of their time working at a co-working space–whether its to beat the sense of isolation at home, network with others, or have a better space to collaborate with a small team. Oakland’s co-working spaces reflect the vibrancy of the business/tech culture–and the ways that so many people in Oakland have more than one thing going on, a reality sometimes know as the side hustle–and sometimes as the next big thing.
OAKLAND CO-WORKING SITES TO CHECK OUT INCLUDE
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.
Tech Liminal is an open-space working environment equipped with space for training classes, retreats, meetings, and teleconferencing. Their co-working desks make a great away-from-home office alternative. Reserve a workspace by the hour, the day, the week, or the month and hang with lots of techies, designers, writers, and the Oakland Local crew.
Pricing: Space is rented on a drop-in basis for a small fee and monthly memberships and bulk discounts are available.
$5/person hourly coworking; $25/person daily coworking
$50/hour conference room
A professional building centered on a soaring sunlit atrium, the Broom Factory features sleek glass-walled workspaces, meeting rooms by the hour or coworking by the day. Coworking, team building rooms, and private office space available. All members get access to both the Washington Street and Broadway buildings. Hang out here and rub elbows with marketers, software developers, and a wide range of business folks.
Check out current rates here (http://www.portworkspaces.com/join/).
This location has meeting rooms by the hour or co-working by the day. Features a restored ground floor pub, hammock rooms for quick calls, meetings, or naps, and a 3-D printer. Co-working, team-building rooms, and private office space available. All members get access to both the Washington Street and Broadway buildings. The energy is intense, and the vibe is friendly but professional.
Pricing: Check out current rates here (http://www.portworkspaces.com/join/).
Co-working Hours: 9 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., open until 9 p.m. Monday nights
Hub Oakland is part inspiring co-working space, part entrepreneurial incubator, and community of socially engaged people. They cultivate, support, and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world. A real world Hub, Impact Hub Oakland has many of Oakland’s movers and shakers coming through the door, and an intense social venture vibe.
Pricing: Day passes are available for $15/day. Check out membership rates here: (http://oakland.impacthub.net/join/).
1721 Broadway, Suite 201, Oakland CA
Co-working hours: 9 a.m. – 8:00 p.m, M-F
Oakstop is a shared working environment, event space, and art gallery that fosters collaboration, professional development, and economic sustainability for creative entrepreneurs and small businesses. Artists, musicians and designers join techies and writers here.
Pricing starts at $50 month and goes up depending on the services you purchase.
1900 Addison Street, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sandbox Suites is a shared workspace created specifically for freelancers, small business owners, telecommuters and other independent professionals. Day passes and memberships are available for shared office, virtual, and meeting space. It is located two blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station in the historic Framas Lodge building.
Pricing: See the pricing page for daily and membership rates (http://www.sandboxsuites.com/coworking).
NEXT: Craft & maker spaces
See the whole series on finding spaces in Oakland:
- Co-working spaces
- Craft & maker spaces
- Renting shared commercial kitchen space
- Renting short-term turn-key offices or workspaces
- Renting commercial office spaces
- Renting start-up retail spaces
Image by Mitch Altman, of Tech Liminal, Workshop Weekend, used under creative commons license.