As an entrepreneur or transformational business leader, sometimes it’s hard to concentrate, be creative, or meet deadlines from the comfort of your home’s couch or the distracting and demanding office environment. Tired of driving around from client meeting to client meeting in your BMW or Mini Cooper? Co-working spaces in Santa Monica offer alternatives for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders who seek a workspace sanctuary for a few hours, for a day, or for months at a time. Here’s a look at three of the most popular co-working spaces that clients at The HAUS Santa Monica’s BMW and Mini Cooper repair shop have used:
Located within walking distance from the beach, a couple of blocks from the Metro Expo Line, and just a few minutes from The Haus, Cross Campus is a cool spot for entrepreneurs seeking a work space where they can collaborate with colleagues, meet with clients, or simply be inspired to work on their projects with their dog at their side. The Cross Campus offers insulated rooms for those wanting to take a break to meditate or nap, and Lamill single origin coffee, tea, craft beer, and Health-Ade kombucha for those seeking an added boost of inspiration or energy. They’ve got on-site parking and bike locks for those who want to give their BMWs a day off. The building provides lots of natural light and super-high ceilings that somehow make working hours a day on a project seem effortless. Cross Campus is located at 929 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.
Situated between the bustling Third Street Promenade and the beautiful beach, Blank Spaces not only offers monthly space rates, but also walk-in rates for those needing an impressive, beautiful space to meet with a client or project team members. The facility has high-speed internet conference rooms, a kitchenette, a microwave, and coffee. They welcome a diverse community of entrepreneurs and freelancers, have networking events, and employ a staff of friendly professionals to answer questions and assist space renters as needed. The facility schedules all sorts of engaging and informative workshops and labs, including: writers’ workshops, product management talks, comedy seminars, and graphic designer bootcamps. Spaces are available until 7 PM during the week, 5 PM on weekends, or you can schedule in advance for one-person space rentals after 7 PM. Blank Spaces is located at 1450 2nd Street in Santa Monica.
At At WeWork, you can opt to garner inspiration for your project from the warmth of the sun by enjoying the outdoor workspaces, or you can work inside in a private room or common area. You can work by yourself, invite your team for another ideation brainstorming session, or simply bring Fido with you (undoubtedly always your first choice). They offer a lockable wellness room for those who need private space for prayer or meditation, living-room-style lounge spaces, and soundproofed phone booth alcoves for private phone conversations or video chats with colleagues or clients. Each floor of WeWork conveniently offers its own equipment niche, replete with a top-of-the-line business printer, various office supplies, and even a paper shredder. They’ve got micro-roasted coffee and fruit water available, too, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own beverages or having to run out for more if you plan to spend the day at this unique co-working space. You can rent a dedicated desk space on a monthly basis or a private office accommodating anywhere between one person to over 50 people. In addition to the many awesome amenities, WeWork orchestrates several professional and social networking events for its entrepreneurial space renters, including: workshops, thought-leader panels, and cheese tastings. WeWork is located at 520 Broadway, Suite 200 in Santa Monica.