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In New York City, office space is limited on every one of the five boroughs. Hustling through busy sidewalks, nudging through ridiculously crowded subway cars and squeezing your booty in to that corner table for a quick lunch meeting has become the norm for entrepreneurs in the Big Apple. Sometimes the city life can be hard to handle. As entrepreneurs, we are not only trying to find our place in the business world but we are also trying to find a place to conduct business that won’t break the bank. Is that too much to ask?
Renting an office in NYC can be costly and depending on your business it can be unnecessary. Coffee shops, home offices and the local library are no longer the only options for entrepreneurs like you and I and quite frankly can be a setback. With the growing success of the shared economy market – Airbnb, Citi Bike, and PoshMark – entrepreneurs are constantly trying to find a creative space to get the job done. More and more entrepreneurs are turning to co-working spaces, which are open offices that are designed to temporarily host entrepreneurs and their teams. Many of these facilities are available throughout NYC and other highly populated metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. They serve as a godsend to freelancers and entrepreneurs.
Listed below are co-working spaces that provides an atmosphere that is suitable for the next generation of business owners in NYC:
1. The Productive
Added Gem: 24/7 Access & Day Passes
If you are a night owl, this one is for you! The Productive is the “co-working studio” located in Midtown Manhattan which offers multiple space options. The setup includes open desks, computer workstations, and virtual offices. There are four levels of membership with the option of a day pass for $30:
- Full-Time Open Desk – 24/7 Access: $210/month
- Computer Work Station – 24/7 Access: $310/month
- Nights & Weekends – M-F: 6PM-10AM, S/Sun: $130/month
- Dedicated Desk – 24/7 Access: $410/month
2. Green Desk
Added Gem: Sevent Locations in Brooklyn and Queens and Two Additional Locations Coming Soon
With offices located in prime locations, members receive scenic views, high-speed internet, fresh organic coffee and a great collection of other amenities and services.
- Single Open or Shared Desk – $30 daily
- Single Open or Shared Desk – $299/month
- Virtual Office – $79-$99/month
3. SoTechie Spaces
Added Gem: Event Space & Virtual Offices
This incubator space allows entrepreneurs to use business support services such as mail delivery services, mail forwarding and the use of the Business Support Center. In the heart of Bryant Park, SoTechie is a 24/7 facility with various memberships to accommodate unique schedules:
- Manhattan Virtual Office: $49.95/month
- 2 Day Weekly Co-Working Space: $175/month
- 4 Day Full-time Pass (co-working and events only): $90
- Night Owl (Friday-Sunday night): $200/month
4. Sunshine Suites
Added Gem: Receptionist Services & Package Delivery
As a fellow Bronxite, seeing the celebration and investment in small businesses in the Bronx is exciting to witness. Sunshine Suites is a “business incubator” that has partnered with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to bring shared office facilities to the community. The company has six locations throughout NYC and the Bronx is the first co-sharing space in the borough. Receptionist services are available from 9am-6pm during the normal work week and a large number of business resources are available.
- Large Working Tables: $195/month
- Desk Rental: $295/month
5. Brooklyn Desks
Added Gems: Chic Facility for Work and Events & ZipCar Rentals
Brooklyn Desks is the “one stop shop” of co-working spaces. All the bells and whistles of the traditional co-working space are found here but with some great additions such as an outdoor terrace, roof rentals, a kitchenette and a relaxation room. To me, this space gives you the illusion of a large and fun tech company, like Google, but with you as the CEO.
- Shared Spaces (day passes): 1 day – $15, 2 day – $40, and 3 day – $60
- Desk Space: 1 day – $20, 2 day – $50, and 3 day – $75
- Monthly: Shared – $276, Desk in Shared Private Office – $300, and 1 desk private office $395
As an added incentive, monthly memberships include weekly happy hours and the facility is pet friendly!
Entrepreneurs in any industry have plenty to think about and that is why the opportunity to “check the box” on something as simple as work space is important! Figure out what makes sense for you and your team and create structure around your business. Investing in a monthly membership will give you the amenities of an office without the hassle of ownership. Untraditional career styles are perfect for untraditional work environments. Never miss a day to grow your business. These co-working spaces can be used as a tool without breaking the bank!
Added Gem: Search thousands of work and meeting spaces across the world
ShareDesk is a search engine site for entrepreneurs looking for meeting/team working space and for venue managers to post their available location and manage their business using the Optix® software. With a catalog of over 2,400 venues, entrepreneurs in New York and beyond can find an environment that suits their needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]