When the Harvard Business Review studied co-working spaces, they found that members of co-working spaces were some of the most content workers around. They were more likely to appreciate the meaning of their work, more likely to say that they felt like part of a community, and have a strong sense of self in their work. It’s clear that the co-working model is, well, working for freelancers and solo entrepreneurs, even growing out to start-ups with small employee rosters.
With a long history of creatives and start-ups, LA is a great place to embark on co-working. Here are 10 of LA’s most loved co-working spaces to get you started:
10. BizHaus – Marina del Rey, El Segundo, DTLA
With a modern, startup vibe, BizHaus’s spaces provide affordable alternatives to office space in the most desirable neighborhoods for startup businesses. Plans range from $175 a month for an open desk, $950 per month for a private office, and open-air team pods for 4-6 people startingat $1.500 per month. Virtual offices that include one day of work space and one hour of conference space per month are available for $75 a month.
Open: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Mail services: included
9. We Work Hollywood – Hollywood
Dog-friendly space conveniently located off the Red Line, We Work offers a selection of dedicated desks, private and small group offices (ranging between one and eight people each) at a pricing structure starting at $350 per person monthly. Flexible “Hot Desk” workspaces work around a credit plan for workers who need occasional access to work spaces, but don’t need to move into their own desk, for just $50 a month. (Note: We Work has several LA area offices, including Burbank, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Pasadena, La Brea, Culver City, and Bunker Hill. Prices and services may vary.)
Open: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm
Mail services: $50/month
8. El Camp – El Segundo
A cowering space with summer camp vibes, El Camp is a creative co-working space that includes a production studio for photo and video shoots, edit bays, and a recording studio. Members are strongly encouraged to collaborate and spaces like a putting green, outdoor patio space, and weekly breakfasts and happy hours help to foster the sense of community. It’s $800 for a dedicated desk, $500 for an open desk, and $95 per hour for private spaces large enough to hold a meeting of 18.
Mail services: included with membership
7. Kleverdog – Chinatown
Bright colors with a retro-mod vibe brings a startup vibe to Kleverdog’s open-air working spaces. A no-frills approach to co-working, Kleverdog’s work space is easygoing and, as you might guess from the name, dog-friendly. Kleverdog offers dedicated desks for $275 for full-time members and a $25 a day fee for drop-ins. Kleverdog is a block and a half away from the MTA Gold Line and has parking available for $5 a day.
Mail services: included with full-time membership
6. Blank Spaces – Santa Monica
Despite a name that may or may not put a certain Taylor Swift song in your head, the atmosphere is a little more austere than the other co-working spaces. With several plans to choose from, Blank Spaces offers a variety of plans for freelancer and self-employed workers. They offer a Virtual Office plan that allows for a dedicated phone and business mailing address for just $75 a month, helpful for forming corporations and dealing with small e-commerce businesses. While their dedicated work station desks and private offices start at $625 and $1275 respectively, you can grab an office for a quick client meeting with their walk-in rates starting at $75 for 5 peak hours and $40 for off-peak office sessions.
Open: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 1pm-6pm
Mail services: $75/month
5. The Muse Rooms- North Hollywood
A bright, vivid space that can’t help but conjure up a sense of play, The Muse Rooms are meant to supply all the comforts and inspirations of a home space without the distractions. Forgoing stiff cubicles and minimalist coolness, the Muse goes the other way with warm, comfy spaces, overstuffed chairs, and an eclectic coffee shop vibe. Membership plans vary depending on your night-owledness— Gremlin and X-Men plans from 5pm-11pm weeknights and weekends are $130 and $190, whereas those getting their inspiration during daylight hours will opt for The Player and American Hustle, starting at $175 and $195 a month.
Mail services: only available for private offices
4. CTRL Collective- Playa Vista
With a heavy emphasis on the power of collaboration and cross-team synergy, CTRL Collective’s space is modeled after the hippest of tech offices with brightly furnished lounge spaces and bold neon signs. A dog-friendly office with plenty of food trucks, valet parking, and loaner bikes contribute to the vibe. Plans vary between part-time membership ($199 a month), full time ($349 a month), and nights and weekends only access for a super affordable $79 a month.
Mail service: included
3. Epiphany Space- Hollywood
A unique concept, the Epiphany Space is a co-working space blending creativity and Christianity-based spiritual practice. Epiphany encourages members to collaborate in creative ventures with church groups in addition to providing basic co-working amenities. Monthly memberships are $150 per person, weekly at $50, or daily at $15, making it one of the most affordable in LA.
2. Paper Dolls – Brentwood
An all-woman co-working space in Brentwood, Paper Dolls is fiercely and unapologetically geared toward the female entrepreneur. With a chic office space, networking events, one-on-one coaching and promotional tools, Paper Dolls wants to create a one-stop shop for the independent businesswoman. Memberships start at $99 per year to $499 per year for Paper Dolls services.
Open: Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm
Mail services: included
1. Liquid Space – National
Bi-coastal curious? Liquid Space is perfect for the travel-intensive workers needing spaces for ever-changing locations. Simply enter the space requirements and the timeframe you need, and a Liquid Space concierge will help you find and book your co-working space. The rates vary among their network of 64,000 businesses across 730 cities.
Mail service: varies