by TJ AndersonPhoto: E|SPACES
If you’re not familiar with the concept of coworking, here’s the gist: Entrepreneurs, freelancers and other on-the-go professionals sign up for memberships with the space of their choice, and work, collaborate, meet and mix as part of a built-in independent-pro community. It’s a more social and more professional option for folks who often lock down in coffee shops or living room couches to get the job done, and it’s been growing consistently in Nashville, after several booming years in larger cities like New York and L.A.
This week, Nashville Business Journal
tipped off news of HQ Nashville
, a new space geared toward entertainment-biz folks, scheduled to open in SoBro in early 2015. That space joins the already vibrant crew of coworking spaces up and going around Middle Tennessee.
Space details: a mix of private suites, private cubicles and desks and shared space with a bunch of fun and helpful amenities, like lounges and a fitness area.
Geared for: small business who need and want fixed workspace, but aren’t to the point where the cost and upkeep of an individual office makes sense.
Coworking space: E|SPACES
Space details: clean and high-end work and meeting space with an “executive suites” feel, geared for individuals and companies who are either on the way up or on the move but still want a steady, sophisticated place to work.
Geared for: accountants, lawyers, executives, consultants and other white-collar workers who need sharp, professional and resource-rich space to work and meet.
Coworking space: Deavor
Space details: The Germantown Deavor space is modern and cool, and members can choose options that are more come-and-go-oriented (flex memberships that require you to take all your stuff home every day) and more settled (“premium” memberships that give access to a reserved desk).
Geared for: photographers and videographers in particular — along with all the standard open coworking amenities (desks, chairs, phone booth, meeting rooms), Deavor has a designated studio space with a Cyc wall.
Space details: 10,000 square feet of shared space (which includes a photo/video studio and a wide array of tools to work with) used by furniture makers, poster and shirt printers and other local creatives.
Geared for: makers who need “dirty” space — wood shop space, print shop space, metal shop space, space to fix greasy motorcycle parts. If you’re looking for quiet nooks to ponder and reflect, Fort Houston might not be your ideal home. But if you’re the type of entrepreneur who gets his or her hand’s dirty, definitely give a look.
Coworking space: Moonbase
Location: Marathon Village
Space details: Located in the buzzing hub of Marathon Village, Moonbase has industrial loft-y vibes befitting the area and the entrepreneurial members who take advantage of their monthly designated desk and table membership options.
Geared for: digitally based professionals and startups who’d like to be around other tech-savvy locals.
Open coworking with an in-house pop-up coffee and espresso bar (run by Steadfast Coffee
, who’ll soon open an adjacent shop) and a busy schedule of classes, workshops and events, from bookbinding and soap-making classes to the nine-week, quarterly CO.STARTERS
program, focused on budding entrepreneurs.
Geared for: creative entrepreneurs looking for a built-in community to brainstorm and collaborate with, bounce ideas off of and learn from/with.
Most coworkers like to live and work in the same neighborhood — are you drawn to any of these spaces or the neighborhoods they reside in? If you’re looking for a new home close to your workspace, I’d love to help. Drop me a line.