Working from home. It sounds great until you get distracted by the piles of laundry next to you on your couch. And after a few days, talking to your pet can get, well, kinda lonely. Luckily, Asheville has an alternative: coworking. And although the nation’s largest coworking company, WeWork, is currently rated at the same value as it was back in 2014 at $4.6 billion (an 80% drop in value – to $4.6 billion from $47 billion last year), locally owned + operated coworking spaces are booming here in Asheville, and a few new ones have come onto the scene in the last year alone.
Asheville currently has nine coworking spaces, and they offer everything from daily rates to monthly memberships for flexible spaces or dedicated desks + offices. Plus, free coffee, internet, and all the amenities.
So if you need a professional space, a sounding board, or if you just have cabin fever from working at home, here are a few affordable office sharing opportunities around town.
Cowork at Center for Craft | 67 Broadway St. | $40/day; $100-$300/month | Located in the recently renovated Center for Craft. A mix of public and private workspace in a historic building downtown, it includes a reading lounge, classroom spaces, a kitchenette, a coffee lounge + phone booths. There’s also a small gallery space featuring installations by artists like Harvey Littleton, Tanya Aguiñiga + more. It also happens to be where the AVLtoday team makes our daily magic happen.
The Collider | 1 Haywood St. | $50-$600/month | Asheville’s hub of environmental entrepreneurship on the top floor of the Wells Fargo building offers super-speedy wifi (1 GB/second). Membership includes a 60” desk + ergonomic chair.
Flatiron Writers Room | 5 Covington St. | $85-$95/month | A place for local writers to have a writer’s retreat close to home. Offers a common-co-working space, discounts on classes + workshops, free parking, coffee, tea, wifi, a screenplay + writing craft book library, special events like open mics + write-ins, and social events.
Focal Point Coworking | 125 S. Lexington Ave. | $20/day; $25-$450; private offices $600/month | High-ceilinged space in the Lexington Station building that includes a collaboration space for meetings + presentations. Members receive perks like high-speed fiber optic WiFi, a community kitchen/café area, three meeting rooms, coffee and snacks, free networking events , business workshops + more. Conference rooms and event space are available for rent to members and the public. Online booking available. Bonus? Contact them for a free coworking trial day.
Hatchworks | 45 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 170 | $25/day; $150-$1000/month | In the Hatch building (also the home of Grail Moviehouse, Little Bee Thai, Olarié+ other start-ups), with light-filled rooms + plenty of parking.
Haw Creek Commons | 311 Old Haw Creek Rd. | $12/day; $50-$100/month | An East Asheville spot in a historic former church. It has a community garden and space for retreats, complete with a meditation room + fire pit. There’s even a commercial kitchen.
Mojo | 60 N. Market St. C200 | $50-$2200/month | Renovated warehouse vibes bring big city style to the 828. Many of the bigger offices are filled, so you’ll have to join the waitlist.
The Purpose Collective | 101 Stone Ridge Blvd. | $25-$225/month | This North Asheville coworking space offers private offices, flex desks + cubbies, as well as a large and small meeting rooms. Even better? They’re currently offering 20% off of your first three months of memberships.
WestBase Coworking | 257 Haywood Rd., Unit 201 | $50-$1100/month | Located in the Beacham’s Curve area of West Asheville, the city’s newest coworking spot offers everything free parking + coffee, local craft beer on tap, high speed fiber internet, and a living wall. Bonus: They’re hosting a grand opening party on Feb. 29 from 7:30-11:30 p.m.
I’m into the philosophy of coworking, which is all about like-minded, creative folks coming together, separately. And, the best part of working at a coworking space is definitely the relationships (the free coffee is an added bonus).