FIND YOUR NICHE
Co-working spaces cater to specific industries and interests
Over half of young people in the U.S. have joined or would be interested in joining a co-working space to obtain a sense of community where they live. The following niche co-working spaces are tapping into people’s unique interests and goals to provide an environment where workers can access resources to do their jobs, as well as gain a sense of community and belonging.
Former Amazing Race contestant Jessica VerSteeg wanted to change the perception of the stoner and provide budding cannabis entrepreneurs and their employees a place where they could work without stigma. Additionally, she wanted to create an environment where anyone, from soccer moms to athletes, could feel comfortable. She opened a co-working space for cannabusinesses called ParagonSpace, which is located in Hollywood and equipped with flex desks, offices, conference rooms, and a café. The space provides cannabis entrepreneurs the ability to build their businesses, collaborate, and network in a professional, weed-friendly work environment. While weed can’t be bought or sold on the premises, members can toke on the job in ParagonSpace’s designated outdoor courtyard.
Glitch City is a 24-hour co-working space designed with the indie game developer in mind. The LA-based workspace is home to artists and game makers who desire a work environment where they can collaborate and have a sense of community. The co-working space has facilitated the development of over a dozen independent games, including Dream Daddy: a Dad Dating Simulator and Donut County. Glitch City also hosts and coordinates different events—like game nights, demonstrations, and lectures—for the indie games community in LA. Co-working spaces like Glitch City that provide access to a community of like-minded individuals help freelance and remote workers attain the sense of belonging they desire.
Kleverdog Coworking seeks to provide a fully equipped professional workspace where members can feel a sense of creativity and community. And for dog owners who feel guilty leaving their pets at home while they work, Kleverdog has a solution. This LA-based co-working company permits clients to bring their beloved pooches to the office—as long as they follow some simple ground rules. Pet owners are responsible for accident clean-up and for keeping their dog within eyesight, while dogs should be well-behaved and well-socialized. As Millennial dog owners think of their pets as family members, the ability to bring their bestie to work is an added benefit that they’re willing to pay for.