As more and more coworking hubs appear on a daily basis in all corners of the country, competition has become quite intense among these types of shared office spaces. This cutthroat market has challenged their owners to come up with various solutions in order to stand out from the crowd.
The most effective way to do this is to specialize in a niche market and target only one group of entrepreneurs, creatives, or small business owners. This way, the coworking hub can concentrate strictly on individuals working in similar fields and offer services that directly impact and influence their respective professions.
While in previous articles we’ve already presented shared office spaces that are aimed at writers and film industry enthusiasts, today we’re showcasing a handful of coworking hubs boasting top notch amenities for sound engineers, producers, and music enthusiasts.
Situated in Minneapolis’ Golden Valley in the city’s western outskirts, Studio Cowork occupies the site of an old radio station. The setting was perfect for a shared office space offering a quiet and well-equipped base for budding entrepreneurs who can conduct their business online. The coworking hub’s greatest feature is the professionally-soundproofed podcast studio, which can be rented by the hour.
Aiming to inspire, connect, and equip their members with resources and support in order for them to reach their full potential, Signal is the ultimate coworking hub for music, sound, and creative professionals. It promises not only an inspiring setting with all the requisite professional equipment, but also vows to provide an encouraging community vibe based on creative collaborations and constructive professional partnerships.
Targeting individuals within the coworking industry, InDo Nashville stands for Inspiration Domain. The coworking hub offers quirky shared office spaces, UnCubicles, event spaces, and office suites to members. They also feature a designated songwriting room with affordable 3-hour sessions for budding musicians.
SA Sound Garden is much more than a simple coworking hub or a gathering of like-minded individuals. It is a place dedicated to building the city’s music education pipeline through a variety of production, recording, and music business programs, studio sessions, courses and seminars. It is perfect for those interested in working together as well as curious about learning from their peers and mentors.
Founded in 2012 in San Francisco by two enthusiastic composer performers, the Center for New Music has double function. During the day, it serves as a sleek coworking hub where anyone can set up meetings, immerse themselves into their respective projects, and even rehearse. In the evenings, the entire setting turns into a vibrant and lively space that is home to concerts workshops and seminars that can be accessed by all members.
With over 15 years of experience in the domain, NY Studio Factory has cemented itself as one of the veterans coworking hubs within the music industry. Targeting artists of all shapes and sizes, including writers, producers, designers, painters, seamstresses and even therapists, this wonderful shared office space provides a comfortable and professional base so members can pursue their work with ease and inspiration.
Situated minutes away from Downtown Manhattan in the very heart of Staten Island, TechBox promises an affordable and well-equipped setting for your thriving creative business. They feature private studios and dedicated desks in shared office spaces, along with abundant rehearsal space, artist studios, and a variety of other features that aim to open doors for music production.
The Articulate advertises itself as a collective for creatives, offering a stylish setting for thought leaders and creative professionals in Northern Colorado. They feature a vibrant atmosphere, members-only events, creativity-inducing office spaces, professional conference rooms, and a fully-equipped photo-video studio. The hub lies at the heart of Fort Collins’ thriving art and music scene, steps away from trendy cafés, chic restaurants, and boutiques.
Many businesses are in constant need of easily accessible, affordable storage space. Whether you’re a building contractor with a lot of tools, or you have a crafting business and don’t want your entire workspace covered in fabrics and other supplies, renting storage space is something to consider.
Depending on your field of activity, making good use of a storage unit might be exactly what you need to streamline your workflow and to make your company more efficient and easier to run. Below are five businesses that could benefit significantly from renting a self-storage unit.
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You’re working long hours and always juggling with multiple tasks and challenges. You need tools for yourself and for the people you’re coordinating, but you certainly can’t keep them on a construction site with almost no security at all.
Renting a self-storage unit close to your current work site will make things a lot easier. Forget the long drives to retrieve a tool or a piece of machinery you forgot about – everything you need is only minutes away, in a storage facility with 24/7 access and security.
Many talented, artistic people are making a living by selling their creations on sites like eBay or Etsy. Most do their art out of coworking spaces or from their own homes. If you’re one of them, you probably are familiar with the downside: your space is overrun by art supplies, fabrics, and all sorts of materials.
A small self-storage unit solves the problem. You can keep the bulk of your supplies in there, ready to be retrieved at will. This will help you reach a better workspace/living space balance and will keep your creative juices flowing – because, let’s be honest, it’s hard to create beautiful things if you’re surrounded by chaos.
Electrician, Plumber or Gardening Business
Your equipment, tools and work trucks or vans are essential for you. If your place of business is lacking in storage space, or if you’re working out of your own home, renting storage units makes sense, both from a financial and a practical point of view.
It’s safer to store expensive equipment in a storage unit that provides around-the-clock security than keep it in your trunk or in a garage. You can use storage units not only for tools but also for your trucks and vans.
If you’re the owner of a small catering business, you know the true value of storage space. There never seems to be enough room for all the utensils, equipment and supplies. Chairs, tables, decorations, serving utensils, pots and pans, dishes, glassware – how can you store all that, and still have room for cooking and food supplies at your place of business?
Renting a 5-by-10 or even a 10-by-10 square foot unit means that your utensils and equipment are easy to access, just a stone’s throw away from the kitchen, while you’re still enjoying plenty of room for the really important part of your business – the actual cooking!
Accountants sure do have a lot of papers and, if that’s your line of work, you’re probably feeling kind of cramped in your office. Squeezing in another filing cabinet sounds like an impossible mission? Well, you can keep your documents in a self-storage unit that’s climate-controlled and comes with extra security features: CCTV, electronic access, and fire alarms. Keep your accounting space uncluttered, and your document archive neatly stored, all in one!
Self-Storage Advantages for Small Businesses
If you no longer need the unit, you can move out of it immediately, with no repercussions. If you want more space, you can rent a second unit or a larger one in no time. You’re not tied in by long-term leases that cost you money you that you don’t have.
Self-storage is very safe. Usually, there is 24/7 CCTV, electronic access, alarm systems, fire safety equipment. Your equipment or supplies will be well taken care of.
Easy access at all hours, by car. You can find facilities that allow you to pick up your stuff anytime you want, day or night, weekend or holiday.
It’s really affordable. According to the Yardi Matrix report, the average monthly rent for a 10-by-10 foot non-climate-controlled self-storage unit in nationwide metro areas varies between $88 and $194.
Logistic help. Many self-storage facilities provide extra services, such as concierge service, shipments (you can send and receive packages), removals, deliveries, and document shredding.
Coworking hubs are pretty awesome. They offer a fully-equipped base for creative entrepreneurs where they can tackle their daily tasks, network with like-minded individuals, and form fruitful collaborations, all in a professional environment. Anyone can join a coworking hub, regardless of their education, background, profession, or career.
With inclusion in mind, a large number of thematic shared office spaces have started popping up all across the US. These types of hubs target solopreneurs within a niche market in order to tailor on-site amenities and features in accordance with the exclusive needs and professional aspirations of members within an industry. They do this to ensure better work flow and more useful facilities.
You might have already encountered a handful of shared office spaces that concentrate on a specific industry. Makerspaces, also known as hackerspaces, target handcrafters and offer a wide variety of facilities, tools, and other features that help them thrive in the “making” process. There are quite a few shared spaces that exclusively welcome artists and which, in addition to the lively community atmosphere, also feature workshops equipped with all the necessary supplies needed for the members to get into their creative flow.
But when it comes to freelancing, a large portion of the remote working industry is made up individuals exercising one of the oldest professions in the world: writing. Yet, there are alarmingly few shared office spaces which cater to their needs. The few coworking spaces aimed at writers, however, are quite stellar, as they all have one thing in common: they offer a quiet place to work.
While most coworking hubs can get loud, obnoxious and even distracting, those targeting writers offer a peaceful, silent base where aspiring writers can practice their craft without any disturbances. Screenwriters, novelists, content marketers, journalists, and essayists can enjoy the unbeatable perks of separating their work from home life and establish an entire routine based on office hours.
Procrastinating at a coworking hub for writers is not an option. Since everyone around you is pounding away at their keyboard, you’ll likely feel motivated by your peers’ productivity and focus on the task at hand instead of scrolling for hours on social media. This way you can practice discipline and set up a much better work flow than working from your distracting home office. It is said that humans work best in an environment where other people can see what they are doing, so a shared setting might spark your imagination and help get yourself out of your creative rut.
Being part of a vibrant community and making the most out of social interactions are added bonuses, which can help combat the typical loneliness and isolation so many writers are faced with. Receiving feedback from various types of writers can also help open creative doors and shine new light on your work, giving you a different perspective of your craft.
Besides a quiet, peaceful environment, coworking hubs targeting writers also offer different features. Some, like theOffice in Santa Monica, doesn’t offer any conference rooms or private offices, but instead boasts a serene setting and promises tight-knit community vibes for a lonely crafter. The Hatchery Press in LA features a resource library, on-site printing, and a wide variety of seminars, classes, workshops, and insightful events.
Founded back in 1978 in New York City, The Writers Room is one of the pioneers in the industry and one of the oldest shared spaces aimed at writers. With over 200 members, it coworking hub boasts a strict no talking/no phone/no noise policy to ensure undisturbed conditions to members. Furthermore, they offer access to research materials, insightful writer’s workshops, and even a napping area if you ever feel like you need to recharge your batteries.
The Writers Workspace in Chicago is another membership-based coworking office that caters to writer’s needs. They offer strong and reliable internet access, private conference rooms, an on-site resource library, a fully-stocked kitchen, and discounts to various workshops, seminars, and courses held at the shared office space.
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