With so many Millennials looking to build a future in the South, it should come as no surprise that the things we’ve come to associate them with are closely following their every move. With new talent coming into Texas, coworking is swiftly becoming part of the local commercial real estate landscape and brokers see more room for future growth. While some big out-of-town names like WeWork, Serendipity Labs and Industrious are making their presence felt and enticing freelancers and startups with their shiny new offices, several of Dallas’ native coworking providers are determined to present competitive offers for up-and-coming businesses. Take a look at 15 of Dallas’ most eye-catching coworking solutions for burgeoning businesses and freelancers.
Common Desk’s current offices―in Deep Ellum, Fort Worth, Granite Park and Oak Cliff―are united by the same belief that “coming to work should be fun.” The team focuses on providing newcomers and regulars with hospitable and flexible office space in Dallas and Fort Worth, to enhance their productivity and work experience. Common Desk offers flat month-to-month rates for everything from mailbox membership to shared desks, private offices and event space rentals. The great thing is that they are serious about convenience and flexibility, granting full-time members location fluidity; that means that once you’ve signed up for full-time membership at one Common Desk location, you can enjoy the benefits in all locations.
If you like your work environment to sport a sleek design, with clean lines and elegant finishes, then Dallas Cowork is your best bet. Located at 311 N Market Street, it offers access to investors who might help your business, including, angel investors and private equity professionals. Whether you’re just starting out on your own or need a solution to accommodate your growing team, Dallas Cowork has got you covered, with everything from team rooms and conference rooms to private phone rooms and personal storage space.
Headspace is the spot for all creative professionals who feel that the most comfortable place to be is outside the box. Besides the varied working arrangements (open desk seating, dedicated desks, meeting rooms, etc.), this hub has something else going for it: it’s right next door to LAUNCH, an award-winning, full-service ad agency. It also shares happy hour and yoga sessions with them, so the stage is set for you to have fun and get connected. Whether you work in tech, advertising, design or entertainment, swing by Headspace’s offices, located within the International Business Park at 4100 Midway Road, just north of the George Bush Turnpike and just west of the Dallas North Tollway.
Coworking spaces usually aim to provide a fun, casual and sometimes quirky atmosphere for their members. But Foundry Club is targeting those with a taste for a more polished, upscale work environment. It’s not just their assortment of cold-brewed coffees, craft beer or wines that signals to visitors that this place is something else―although we think it’s a mighty fine start―, but also their valet, garage parking and concierge services. Oh, but there’s more! The Foundry has its own corporate travel services. And you’ll probably make good use of them, too, as this company offers access to capital and an international entrepreneurial community. That’s right, in addition to its Mockingbird Station offices in East Dallas, the company has a location in Beijing’s Fengtai District, and another U.S. location opening soon at 2218 Bryan Street in Downtown Dallas.
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is a non-profit dedicated to providing a space and specialized assistance to small businesses within the local community. It’s offices at 311 N Market Street provide virtual, shared and dedicated desk solutions, but the hub’s main point of attraction is that it acts as an incubator for startups in pre- and post-revenue stages looking to take off. With more than 100 advisors and mentors, it grants 24/7, all-level access to its members.
GeniusDen proposes a comprehensive and ambitious ethos to its community: “bring the future into the present, be a force multiplier and interrupt social and personal cycles of poverty.” The 10,000-square foot Deep Ellum coworking office has a drop-off daycare conveniently near, much to the benefit of young parents trying to get that work/life balance just right. The venue operates four Airbnb lofts in its building, and has a Tesla charging station, as well as a rooftop deck for its various events. Visit their offices at 3106 Commerce Street to schedule a tour.
According to Goodwork, “Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, yet so many buildings aren’t good for us.” This is why their offices are pursuing LEED Gold Certification, looking to provide members with a healthier, more energy-efficient environment. Their workspace options bear names like the Roost & Aviary, The Perch or Free Range. And while you’re trying to hatch your next big idea, you can stop worrying about daycare costs—Goodwork allows you to bring your child to work, provided they stay near you at all times if they’re aged 7 or younger. They also provide students and educators affordable passes on weekends and before or after classes during the week. Head on down to 1808 S Good Latimer Expy and pay them a visit!
Nōd came about as an attempt by founder Chirag Gupta to re-create the atmosphere he experienced in Chicago in 2012 as a Northwestern University Senior. He wanted the North Dallas offices of his company to help local businesses tap into each other’s resources and talent to achieve their goals in a friendly, no-nonsense kind of space. Nōd membership options start from just $20 for day passes, $177 per month for full-time members, $280 per month for your own desk and $635 per month for a private office. The venue also has set up a partnership with the Austin Coding Academy, which offers coding classes for kids and adults.
Business Lounge Dallas (BLD) describes itself as a coworking and event space dedicated to helping women-owned businesses grow. Situated inside of Live Your Life Fitness at 13740 Midway Rd, their interiors have a minimalist feel and a refined color scheme of white, black and gold—with splashes of color added for special events! —providing the perfect backdrop for brand photo shoots available to members. Taking care of budding entrepreneurs and helping them get creative is what BLD is all about, from workshops aimed at boosting your brand’s vision and understanding various aspects of your business, to monthly working brunches to meet, eat and exchange ideas in a stylish and relaxed ambiance.
What do you get when urban meets industrial with a serious helping of cool? Frontier is a hip coworking spot in Deep Ellum, structured around small batch spaces that cater to any startup’s need for a distraction-free environment. Say goodbye to the college frat-like atmosphere of some coworking offices and get ready to put your head down and get some essential work done (and their unlimited free coffee will keep you going). You can book a shared desk for $149 a month (along with access to conference rooms and private events), your very own desk for $349 a month (complete with a secured Ethernet connection and extra storage), and a private office for $749 a month (comes with dry cleaning services, a spot in Frontier’s gated parking area and access to workshops and lectures).
This coworking Lake Highlands office space is conveniently located along the LBJ freeway, with a focus on both Millennials and immigrant entrepreneurs. DFW Global CoWork proudly dons its badge as a multicultural and diverse space, keeping its members and local businesses up-to-date with the latest changes regarding immigration and its impact on employment and recruitment opportunities. Their events also include a bi-monthly Friday open meeting, where members, young professional non-member and business leaders can network. You can also enjoy their monthly Dinner Dialogues—the perfect occasion to let your hair down and pick your coworkers’ brains about their take on various social or cultural topics, all while enjoying some delicious food. Already love the place? Get a $50 credit for your referral when you recommend DFW Global CoWork to a friend.
Before we start mixing our metaphors and go overboard with our puns, we need to tell you about a neighborhood space that is bound to strike a chord with you. Located in the basement level of the White Rock United Methodist Church in Casa View, The Mix is a non-profit offering its members a variety of workspaces. Want free Wi-Fi and a dedicated desk? The Mix’ll do you one better, with several creative spaces included in their venue: a textiles workroom, a sewing lab, a dance studio, a sound production studio and a new, fully-equipped commercial kitchen. With so many things going on you might think the place might get overwhelming for you. Don’t worry, you can choose between open-plan spaces and many smaller spaces to work in, as the place is—by their own admission— introvert-friendly. So, get in The Mix!
Creating great content and finding an identity for your brand are essential for gaining a foothold in the market. So how about you join the E.R. Factory’s awesome coworking offices in Dallas City Center – Arts District, where you can expect a full range of services—casting, visual productions, content creation and brand development and marketing—to go along with your very own spot within a venue buzzing with creativity. In addition to dedicated desks and private offices, you can also reserve a photo studio or a place to host your events.
Here’s something for the hands-on crowd: Tyler Station is located within the former Dixie Wax Paper Company, a 110,000-square-foot building repurposed into a coworking village for small-scale manufacturing, retail and other assorted creatives. The tenant roster already includes a coworking space for video producers and startups, an award-winning brewery, a local sustainable design firm, and a studio. Here’s another great thing about this Oak Cliff office space and workspace hub: it is easily accessible via public transportation, using the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Tyler/Vernon train stop and just a 10-minute bike ride from the Bishop Arts District.
If connectivity is important for you and your business involves a lot of travelling, you will surely love CityCentral Office’s offer. Located at 17250 Dallas Parkway, between Keller Springs Road and Trinity Mills, this coworking spot lies within 20 minutes of Downtown Dallas and the DFW international, Love Field and Addison Municipal airports. Want to conduct your business in a professional, but stylish and modern environment, with plenty of fellow entrepreneurs who you can bounce your ideas off? You can choose a coworking option for $195 per month, a private office for $455 per month or, if you want to work from home but need an office address, choose a virtual office for just $50 per month. All options include access to meeting rooms. Schedule a tour to any of the company’s locations —in Dallas or in Plano—and if you refer any of your friends to CityCentral Office, they will pay you a 10% commission on the total fees for your initial one-year contract for each contact you provide.
Venture X describes its venues as “a blend of boutique hotel and modern office styles,” with concierge-level services for members. The great thing is that you have the opportunity to try out their offering before committing to any of their contracts. By paying $40 per month for a community membership, you can drop in and participate in specific events, pay hourly rates for any private offices or meeting rooms you might need, make new friends during weekly breakfasts and lunches, or discuss future projects. Their Galleria-Village on the Green venue at 5301 Alpha Road, just off the Dallas North Tollway, has dedicated hospitality staff to ensure the success of your events. Venture X also has multiple locations across the U.S., in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, with new locations to be opened in Virginia and Wisconsin.
Boxer Workstyle boasts several locations across Dallas, all sporting a sleek interior with highlights in vibrant, neon colors and an assortment of private offices, meeting and training rooms and common spaces. Feel like taking a break? Boxer Workstyle’s got you covered. Forget the default ping pong table in the game room. You can take a trip down memory lane and mash buttons on an arcade console or relax playing putt-putt golf. Or, you can take an active break in one of their on-site fitness centers. Like the sound of it? The company also has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Colorado Springs, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix and San Diego, so you have quality coworking solutions wherever your business might take you!
Located at 2410 Farrington Street in the Stemmons Corridor, WELD’s Dallas location has been a place for local creative directors, video editors, stylists, writers or entrepreneurs to work together and let creative juices flow, since 2012. Memberships come with unlimited studio days, and there are discounts for artists renting out photo gear or other creative services on the premises. Want to assemble a team but still want to enjoy the benefits of working in a hip and friendly environment with all the equipment and amenities at the ready? For a starting price of $2,000 per month, you can have your very own, premier space, a roomy option that will accommodate your growing team. Want to be a WELDer but don’t live in Dallas? No worries, they have a venue in Nashville and are getting ready to expand further.
A heads-up to all those looking to start a business in Dallas: The Work Ledge is getting ready to open a new location. The 30,000-square-foot coworking office is scheduled for opening this summer, right in the middle of the Design District, off I-35 and Oak Lawn Avenue. The venue will feature the company’s signature minimalist office design, and over 100 office suites for teams of various sizes.