Work It Out: Atlanta’s Coworking Spaces A hotspot for startups, ATL offers coworking hubs in almost every neighborhood
WeWork. Photo Credit: WeWork/Kelley Raye
According to personal finance website NerdWallet, Atlanta is the No. 4 best city in the country for freelancers and self-employed individuals. Additionally, the city is a hotspot for startup companies, and many employees of the area’s major corporations telecommute. With so much work being done outside of the traditional office space, it’s not surprising that the number of coworking spaces in the metro area has exploded over the last several years. In fact, a report from professional services firm JLL reveals that Atlanta is one of the top five markets in the nation for coworking space.
So, do you need a place to get some work done? While the local coffee shop may be helpful, it’s important to have regular access to a location that is conducive to being creative and productive. Atlanta has many options — each with its own unique spin on the coworking concept.
At WeWork, it’s all about location, location, location. Comprised of two buildings in Tower Place in the heart of Buckhead, WeWork’s shared office space attracts a diverse group of professionals from an array of industries. The membership-based space features private offices and common spaces, as well as myriad amenities, from Wi-Fi and private phone booths to free refreshments and business equipment (printers, copiers and scanners). You can also attend networking events that provide a community feel.
Additional location: Colony Square in Midtown
A partnership with Kennesaw State University and a collaboration with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, IgniteHQ is a hybrid business incubator and coworking space for entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. Much of the clientele is tech-based, with industries represented ranging from agriculture and biotech to IoT and Engineering. IgniteHQ offers offices of all sizes, common areas, free educational programming, access to experienced mentors, a directory of capital investors and special resources like a 3-D printing lab. Various membership levels are available.
Strongbox West, West Midtown
Creativity and inspiration are at the forefront of Strongbox West, Atlanta’s oldest coworking space. Launched in 2009, the business grew exponentially and moved into its current 48,000-square-foot space in 2015. Strongbox West offers both memberships and a day pass ($15 per day), as well as many coveted amenities, including extremely fast fiber Internet, 24-hour secured entry, an on-site coffee shop, conference and meeting rooms, a formal lobby with a daytime receptionist and more. And as a bonus, the space is dog friendly.
If you work in Alpharetta (the No. 1 place to start a business in Georgia, according to NerdWallet), then you’ll want to check out Thrive. This coworking space, located in downtown Alpharetta, offers a range of memberships from coworking to executive suites, as well high-speed internet, free coffee and fresh fruit, a personal locker, a professional address and access to networking and community-building events. In fact, building a professional community is one of the key missions for Thrive, where you can explore the space and its perks with a free day pass.
Providing flexible workspace options is the hallmark of Roam, which offers everything from quiet booths to dedicated offices to meeting rooms. Seating is first-come, first-served. Memberships range in price based on perks, and certain features (like mailboxes, color printing and after-hours access) can be purchased a la carte. In addition to the standard slate of amenities (business-class Wi-Fi, a full-service café and more), Roam also hosts community events and provides a custom platform that allows members to collaborate and socialize virtually. What’s more, a membership provides access to all four metro Atlanta locations.
Additional locations: Alpharetta, Buckhead and Dunwoody
More Must-See Coworking Spaces
Atlanta’s list of coworking spaces continues to grow. Check out these additional options:
Atlanta Tech Village (Buckhead): America’s fourth largest tech hub is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed by connecting them to talent and capital.
Industrious Atlanta (Ponce City Market and Midtown): Large common areas are complemented by a relaxation room, an indoor park and a secret room.
Regus (multiple locations throughout metro Atlanta): One of the most pervasive coworking spaces in the area with numerous offices, Regus boasts space at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport through the Delta Sky Club.
SharedSpace (Dunwoody): A coworking space, SharedSpace does not require long-term leases, allowing you to rent month-to-month and upsize or downsize as necessary.