If you work remotely, as many of us in Silicon Valley do, you're familiar with the struggle of not having a 9 to 5 office space. Coffee shops are decent places to work, but they can be noisy and the internet is often unreliable.
Coworking (or "shared office") spaces have sprung up to offer creatives and independent entrepreneurs a comfortable place to work and network with like-minded professionals. They are often brightly lit with stylish modern decor and offer all the amenities you need to stay focused and get stuff done. Unlike public wifi in libraries and coffee shops, coworking spaces offer business facilities (printers, copiers, fax) and access to unlimited beverages which could save you money--those $4 lattes add up fast!
Here's a guide to some of the top coworking space, shared office space, and temporary office space centers in Silicon Valley.
599 Fairchild Dr, Mountain View
One of the pioneers of Silicon Valley coworking. The HackerDojo space was founded in 2009 when several engineers came together to start a non-profit community center for geeks. The warehouse-turned shared office space offers weekly or monthly membership starting at $50. Access includes high-speed wifi, a kitchen with unlimited coffee and tea, access to all events, and MakerSpace, and an electronics and hardware workshop. Discounts for yearly memberships. A student membership is $60/month.
97 S 2nd St, Ste 100, San Jose
A nationwide group of coworking spaces with locations in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Southern California. Admission includes bottomless coffee and tea, high-speed wifi, copiers, printers, fax, and access to scheduled networking events. Day pass (single work day, Monday through Friday): $25.
1045 Linda Vista Ave. Unit-A, Mountain View
A coworking space between downtown Mountain View and Google. The office offers a full kitchen, shower, and free shuttles from Caltrain. Monthly memberships start at $250/month with dedicated desks and private office space available for rent. Planning to work nomadically or spend lots of time away from Silicon Valley? They also offer a dedicated business postal address with mail scanning and forwarding.
2225 E Bayshore Rd, Ste 100, Palo Alto
A well-appointed and classy office space. Admission includes printing, unlimited Philz coffee, Nespresso drinks, and healthy snacks. Memberships here start at $389/month with dedicated desks and private office space available for rent.
456 University Ave, Palo Alto
A combination coffee shop and coworking space serving Blue Bottle coffee, Samovar tea, and healthy cafe snacks in a historic downtown Palo Alto space, the old New Varsity Theater. The coworking section offers a variety of desks and a menu of private workspaces, available starting at $3/hour. Like other busy Silicon Valley coffee shops, the public cafe space gets crowded and the wifi can be unreliable.
Check out Peerspace, the "Airbnb of coworking" sites. The website offers independently-listed office, meeting, and event space for as low as $6/hr.