Over the past few years, co-working spaces have popped up in and around Columbus, giving people a place to do business without the overhead of a traditional office.
Co-working has become a national trend, said Michael Copella of the real estate company CBRE.
Co-working businesses allow people to buy memberships for a variable fee, depending on whether they just need an open space to work, their own desk or a private office with a door.
That flexibility, plus the fact that users don’t have the work or expense of building a traditional office, have contributed to the popularity of co-working spaces.
“It’s meeting the needs of large corporations and smaller users who want flexibility and features that are embedded in these agile work spaces,” Copella said.
Columbus now has about 58 co-working spaces operated by 40 companies. Most of the spaces are Downtown, in Upper Arlington or in Dublin, according to CBRE research. Square footage dedicated to co-working and flexible office space has grown nearly 465% over the past 10 years in central Ohio. More than 126,000 square feet of co-working space is under construction right now.
“People can use it as they need it,” Copella said. “As you grow in Columbus, you can take the space you need. As you shrink in Columbus, you can downsize and take the space you need.”
Everyone from free-lancers to solo entrepreneurs to growing companies to large corporations use the spaces, Copella said, and it’s not uncommon to see a growing technology company next to a large Fortune 100 company.
Here’s where you can find co-working spaces:
Brewery District Work Co.
111 Liberty St., German Village
Desk rental for independent working starts at $275 per month.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, parking, whiteboard, Apple TV, coffee, 24/7 access and conference room and kitchen access.
Brick House Blue
6605 Longshore St., Suite 240, at Bridge Park, Dublin
An open desk pass is $35 per day, while a monthly pop-in pass is $125 per month and includes five sessions. Brick House Blue also offers an annual pop-in pass of 75 uses for $125 per month. A community member pass is $385 per month for unlimited use of the space. A dedicated desk is $500 per month, while a private office ranges from $850 to $1,200 per month. The executive suite is $2,000 per month.
Amenities include free garage parking, Wi-Fi, ethernet plug-in, height-adjustable desks, huddle room access, coffee, beer taps, printing access and kitchen access.
Club Level Coworking
35 E. Gay St., Downtown
Club Level charges $350 per month for a shared space or $550 per month for a private dedicated office.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth music speakers, a fully stocked kitchen, conference rooms and telephones.
18 E. William St., Delaware
Dublin (coming soon)
Easton (coming soon)
Polaris Fashion Place
1733 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington
659 and 752 High St., Worthington
COhatch has or will have seven locations throughout Columbus. Prices vary by location, so check the website for details. COhatch offers co-working spaces and meeting rooms, as well as a private office space. Membership also includes a free gym membership, as well as Wi-Fi, coffee, printing and mail service. There is also a COhatch beach house that can be used by members on Anna Maria Island in Florida.
3260 Henderson Rd #100., Upper Arlington
Daily memberships are $20 per day. If you are looking for a full-time desk, the colonist membership is $150 a month for 12 months, or $175 for a month-to-month lease. The founders membership includes a private closed-door office. The price varies from $250 to $800 depending on the size of the office.
Amenities include common area access, Wi-Fi, kitchen access and free parking.
1069 W. Broad St., 470 W. Broad St., Franklinton
A day pass runs for $20, while an after-hours membership (4 p.m. to 7a.m.) is $99 a month. A community membership with 24/7 access is $150 per month. A private office starts at $450 per month depending on the location, but are currently full. An open desk is $200 per month, while a dedicated desk is $250 per month. Event and conference space also can be rented.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, event invitations, 24/7 access, coffee, printing, meeting room access, a storage locker and a mailbox.
3989 Broadway, Grove City
Cultivate is a nonprofit organization that works with entrepreneurs to grow their business. Dedicated spaces start at $200 per month and go up to $1,000, depending on the size of the space. Cultivate does not offer day passes. Membership includes support and advice to grow your business.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, printing, meeting rooms, training center, mail services, 24/7 access, free parking and coffee.
Dublin Entrepreneurial Center
565 Metro Place #300, Dublin
DEC offers co-working but focuses more on permanent spaces. There are 59 co-working spaces in the facility. A cubicle is about $200 per month and the average office space is about $475, but prices vary. Amenities include the use of conference rooms, Wi-Fi, printing, phones and 24/7 access.
670 Meridian Way, Westerville
Office suites vary in size but start at $399 per month. Leases are month-to-month. Amenities include a common area, Wi-Fi, conference rooms, reception, parking, mailboxes and a kitchen.
2025 Riverside Drive, Upper Arlington
A day pass is $30. General access to shared work spaces starts at $60 per month, while a dedicated desk is $375 per month. For those looking for a private office, the starting price is $600 per month. Corporate rates begin at $200 per month.
Amenities include on-site staff, mail services, a conference room, common areas, coffee and tea, print and copy services, Wi-Fi, wine and networking events. For $12 an hour, customers can drop off their children at the kids club (ages 3 months to 10 years).
130 E. Chestnut St., Arena District
Members can make short-term reservations in private rooms or work around the building. An individual monthly membership is $60, which includes meeting space reservations, member-only social events, complimentary coffee, and guest access. Group memberships also are available at a variable price.
The Hub on Kenny
4510 Kenny Rd., Northwest Side
The Hub on Kenny offers a co-working day pass for $25 per day. A small office day pass is $30 for members and $60 for non-members. A part-time membership is $89 a month and a full-time one is $129 a month (includes one hour of conference room time per month and 24/7 access). A dedicated desk is $169 per month and includes one hour of common room space. An office lease starts at $600 per month and goes to $1,200. Conference room rentals and mail service also are available.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, virtual office, a private bar, conference room space, community space use, private offices and social events.
The Idea Foundry
421 W. State St., Franklinton
The Idea Foundry offers a $25 day pass on weekdays. It also has a $200+ monthly pass. Users who are looking for a dedicated desk can purchase a space for $350 a month, or a private office for $800+ for six months. The Idea Foundry also offers a workshop for $65 a month that includes access to the workshop tools and a space to complete projects.
Amenities include 24/7 access, a mailbox, Wi-Fi, class discounts and event invitations.
629 N. High St., fourth floor, Downtown
Community memberships are $414 per month, while private offices range from $1,152 to $2,633, depending on size.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, unlimited free printing, wellness rooms and member events and parties. There is also a cafe that has coffee, pastries, fruit and beer.
4889 Sawmill Rd., Dublin
Innovative Office Network offers six private offices, co-working desks in an open space, two executive suites with a private bathroom and three meeting and conference rooms. Pricing is customized, but all offices are currently full. Conference rooms and a training center are available.
Amenities include multilingual interpreting, virtual office services, catering services, printing, mail services, Wi-Fi, a notary service, coffee and parking.
JPS Creative Space
1014 Parsons Avenue, South Side
Use of the space is $250 per month and includes access to the kitchen, Wi-Fi and conference room. A dedicated desk is $200 per month with a six-month lease. Regular conference room use is $35 per hour, while the use of the 2,500 square foot creative space is $75 per hour on weekdays and $125 per hour on weekends. Private offices are not available.
Amenities include printing, a file cabinet, mailing, a common room and kitchen and conference room access.
741 S. 3rd St., German Village
Kollektiv offers use of the area for $10 per day or $75 per month, along with two hours of conference rooms each month. A dedicated desk is $250 per month and four hours of conference room use. Private offices are $800 per month and come with six hours of conference room use.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, coffee, an on-site bar, cleaning services, event invitations, printing, 24/7 access and mail services.
4200 Regent Street #200, Easton Town Center
200 East Campus View Blvd. #200, Worthington
6500 Emerald Pkwy. #100, Dublin
New Albany location coming soon
Office evolution offers a business address, phone answering, a shared workspace, conference rooms and dedicated workspaces. Prices vary based on location, so check the website for details. Amenities include meeting spaces, conference rooms and Wi-Fi.
Three locations around Columbus; Bexley, Dublin and Upper Arlington
This is a portable shipping-container-turned-office space that holds up to four people. The boxes are currently under prototype and are free for use for the rest of the summer. Once the boxes are fully launched, there will likely be a pass system allowing access to every box within the city for a monthly fee, or a charge of about $20 an hour for one-time use. You can find the locations of the boxes at getootbox.com. The spaces have air conditioning, heat, Wi-Fi and whiteboards.
221 North Fourth St., Downtown
Rates vary between $400 to $550 per month per person, depending on the package. It is a month-to-month lease.
Amenities include conference room access with a white board, Wi-Fi, printing, coffee, snacks, and 24/7 access. Parking is available for $80 per month.
45 E. Lincoln St., Short North
The Perch offers a dedicated desk option, a two- to three-person private office and the option to lease a four- to five-person private loft. It does not offer daily or short-term memberships. Pricing is not listed on the website and The Perch did not respond to questions about pricing.
Amenities include a dedicated desk or office, 24/7 access, complimentary office supplies, Wi-Fi, storage, conference room access, use of Apple TV with 65-inch display, whiteboard space, printing, coffee, kitchen access, common area access and parking.
341 S. Third St. #100, Downtown
Day passes are available for $10 each day. Customers can get a dedicated room between $675 to $875 per month (price varies on the number of desks within the room). A dedicated single desk is $375 a month. A part-time desk is $275 a month and a weekly desk is $85 a week. There are different levels that range from $35 to $125 each month. Photo studio and training room rentals are $25 an hour, while conference room rental is $35 an hour.
Amenities include a mailing address, a storage locker, conference rooms, board rooms, a printer, a virtual office and an invitation to events.
The Salt Mines
2997 Indianola Ave., Clintonville
A day pass is $20. Use of the space three days a week is $120 per month and includes a conference room space for one hour each week. A full-time membership is $200 per month. For those who want their own desk, for $250 a month they can have 24/7 access, a mailing address, a business sign in the window and key code access, plus the benefits of being a full-time member.
Amenities include coffee, Wi-Fi, printing and conference room use.
21 E. State St., Downtown
886 N. High St., Short North
A day pass is $29 and open space access is $99 for 15 visits each month. Unlimited 24/7 use of the space starts at $299 per month and is not contractual. All plans are customizable. There are 15 dedicated desk spaces at the Short North location that start at $399 per month and private office spaces start at $499 but vary based on size and the location (Short North or Downtown). Members can use the open space and amenities at either location.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, coffee, call rooms, white boards, kitchen access with snacks, events, boardroom access, mailboxes, printing, lockers and a gym.
711 N. High St., Floors 4, 5, 6, Short North
A co-working membership at Spaces is $239 per month, while a dedicated desk is $348. An office space is $403 per month.
Amenities include access to all Spaces business clubs worldwide, flexible rental terms, Wi-Fi, invites to events, reception, coffee and mail handling.
1201 Dublin Rd., Grandview
305 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District
A day pass is available for $25. Versa offers a private office, starting at $799 per month. Dedicated desks are $499 per month and include a lockable file cabinet, an address and printing access. Open work stations include charging stations and quiet rooms for phone calls, starting at $260 per month. For $99 per month, members can have access to both locations.
Amenities include a business address, printing and meeting space rental.
Wave Innovation Center
325 E. 5th Avenue, Italian Village
Wave Innovation Center offers a free co-working space Monday through Friday, along with free coffee and water. Event space can be rented for $300 for up to four hours and $500 for an all-day Saturday event.
800 N. High St., Short North, opens this fall
WeWork occupies three stories of the building that also has the Marriott Moxy hotel, retail space, TownHall restaurant and a rooftop restaurant. Prices are not yet available, but the business will have open desk spaces, dedicated desks and private offices.
Amenities include 24/7 access to the building, phone booths, conference rooms, Wi-Fi, fruit, water, printing, workshops and event invitations, common areas and coffee.
1311 Summit St., Weinland Park
Zora’s House is a co-working space for women of color. A community membership is $29 per year and includes event invitations and a 300-book library. A house membership is $59 per year and includes the benefits of a community membership plus a daily space.