More than 100,000 people call Tyler, Texas, home. Factor in the folks living in the surrounding area – towns like Kilgore, Jacksonville, Longview, Athens, etc. – and that number more than doubles. Collectively, that’s a lot of working professionals in one area.
So where do they go if they’re looking for a coworking space to handle freelance work, operate a business out of or just focus on college coursework?
Typing “shared workspace near me” into Google isn’t a bad place to start. And it’s quite possibly what led you to this blog post – in which case, your search may officially be over.
Whether you’re ready to sign up to be a member at WorkHub, you need more information about its facility or you’re still trying to decide if coworking even makes sense for your needs, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s dive in.
How exactly does a shared workspace function?
For those of you still exploring the concept of a shared workspace (also known as a coworking office), it’s precisely what it sounds like. Multiple businesses and professionals work out of a shared location.
This can take a number of forms. Some members will sign up to have dedicated, private offices within the shared workspace. This setup makes sense for businesses with multiple employees who work in close coordination with one another.
Other members, such as very small or single-person businesses, freelancers, authors and consultants might opt for a dedicated desk. A third option is to use the facility as a flexible workspace, meaning you essentially have the freedom to sit in any one of the public, unclaimed spaces. You might call these “hot desks,” and at WorkHub, we never run out of them.
Regardless of which model you choose, every member gets access to:
- Basic utilities.
- High-speed internet, including Wi-Fi.
- Conference rooms.
- Mail service.
- Free coffee.
- Kitchen appliances.
- On-site cafes and food options.
- Office supplies and appliances such as scanners, copiers and fax machines.
- A bookable event space.
At WorkHub we sweeten the deal with access to on-site daycare services, a fitness center and an elevated walking track.
What’s the pricing situation?
It varies from member to member, but pricing is simple and predictable.
For private offices, dedicated desks and everyday access, you pay a monthly fee commensurate with your tenancy. A 15-person team leasing a private office, for instance, will pay more per month than one person renting a dedicated desk or access to the creative shared spaces.
There’s also pricing options available for people who only need night and weekend access such as students and professionals with side hustles. Meanwhile, workers who only need to drop in a few times a month have the option to a fixed fee per day.
What are some of the benefits of coworking?
Predictable pricing, the fact that all sources of typical office overhead are baked into one cost, 24/7 access to a fully furnished and decorated space and amenities like a fitness center and event space are all pretty beneficial.
But the other big advantage is a chance to be part of a community of professionals, and having the opportunity to network. For remote workers, shared workspaces also provide some much-needed socialization. At WorkHub, for example, we regularly host special events such as workshops, guest speakers and seminars. All members are also welcome to join in on Beer 30, a weekly Friday happy hour event.
Do shared spaces make more sense than traditional office space?
That really depends on your business. A life sciences organization that needs a repertoire of highly specialized equipment and on-premises, private IT systems, probably would do better with a traditional, private office space.
However, small and medium-sized businesses – or departments or satellite locations within larger businesses – that perform the bulk of their work on computers can save a significant amount on overhead relative to a traditional office.
Likewise, a home office may make sense for some freelancers or one-person operations. However, it limits in-person professional networking opportunities and can lead to feelings of isolation. In this sense, coworking space can be highly favorable to the traditional home office.
How can I learn more about WorkHub’s shared workspace?
The easiest way is to book a tour and come see the facility for yourself. Another option is to take our virtual tour. We also offer a free-day pass if you want to get the full experience of what it’s like to work here.
Otherwise, if you have any direct questions, don’t be a stranger. Feel free to get in touch with us via web, email or phone.