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The Epic Seattle Coworking Space Tour

Candice & Marnee take a break during the space tour.

Candice & Marnee take a break during the space tour.

When I was first introduced to coworking a few years ago, I had no idea what coworking truly meant. It wasn’t until March of this year when I became the Community Cultivator at Works Progress that I finally grasped the thriving community that is coworking.

When Marnee, the co-owner of Works Progress, suggested taking a tour of collaborative spaces in Seattle, I was excited and a little overwhelmed. We scheduled five days throughout the month of July when we would see three to four spaces each day. This ambitious schedule still didn’t reach nearly half of the over 40 coworking, accelerator, incubator or makerspaces currently active in the Greater Seattle area.

Day 1

We found ourselves at the Vybe Communication Hub in Eastlake for the very first stop on our

Coworking Area at the Vybe

Coworking Area at the Vybe

tour. Kailin greeted us warmly and gave us a tour of this cozy space and informed us that it was initially a mailbox rental service. They continue to provide mail service, however they have expanded to be so much more. Not only does the Vybe offer 24 hour access, packaging services, computer and printing stations, freight options and facsimile services; they also provide private offices, a meeting room and a coworking area. The space is intimate, yet doesn’t feel crowded.

We then made our way to the place that started it all here in Seattle: Office Nomads. Office Nomads is located in Capitol Hill. They have been open for almost eight years now, expanding to two floors a few years ago. Entering through the main doors, you will be greeted by either Ruby or Lauren. If you need to schedule a meeting, plenty of conference rooms are available or you can pop into a phone booth for a quick call. Although it is a large space, Office Nomads has maintained a welcoming community feel.

West Seattle Office Junction's quiet side.

West Seattle Office Junction’s quiet side.

West Seattle Office Junction was our next stop. There isn’t a full-time receptionist available, so tours must be scheduled ahead of time. The office is located underneath apartment buildings, which works well for Ben, the friendly member who gave us a tour of the office and who just so happens to live in the apartments above. The space is divided into two sections; with one area being the more social side and the other a more heads-down, quiet working area. The artwork lining the wall is provided by local artists and rotated every month.

Day 2

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The former Masins Furnishings & Interior Design Building

The next day of our coworking tour, we started at The Impact Hub Seattle. The Hub, which can be found in Pioneer Square, is housed by the historic former Masins Furnishings & Interior Design building. One of their hosts, Kevin, was kind enough to give us a detailed tour. We viewed private offices, the large spaces that can double as events space, the cozy library and the entrance into the second building which holds more private offices and hidden corners. Upstairs you can find the Pandora headquarters, Pinchot University, and Social Ventures Partners while downstairs you can find the sound and recording room. With over 700 members, you can be sure to strike up a conversation with anyone, including the current host for the corresponding floors.

From Pioneer Square, we ventured downtown to Pike Place Market. Here you can find the beautifully designed coworking space known as Makers. Co-founder Lana and space manager Mariyah greeted us as we entered. Walking into Makers is similar to walking into an interior design catalog. The space was a lot larger than I thought it would be, with an open meeting room up the stair to the right and different private offices lining the wall. The kitchen is nice and open and has almost a 50’s feel to it. A little passageway lets you into the back which holds more lounge areas, meeting rooms or phone booths and offices.

Afterwards, we crossed back over to Capitol Hill to visit Metrix Create: Space. Metrix is a real Maker Space and allows the public to work on their hobbies or create different prototypes of products by providing an appropriate work area and the correct tools. Matt, the owner of Metrix, gave us the grand tour. Metrix houses a variety of 3D printers, laser cutting and etching machines, a textile work area and advance circuits labs. They host workshops such as how to build a robot (and you can take your robot home!) along with other subjects taught by an expert.

Day 3

The beautiful event space at Hillman City Collaboratory

The beautiful event space at Hillman City Collaboratory

In Rainier Valley, we found The Hillman City Collaboratory. This is a non-profit space founded by Rev John Helmiere of the Valley & Mountain Fellowship. The first thing we noticed was the inviting community garden adjacent to the historic building. Our host, Theresa, was tending to the garden prior to us dropping in. The entrance takes you into the multi-purpose room and event space. A set of French doors leads you to the small coworking area where intern Olivia was typing away. In the hallway leading to the kitchen, a door to the right will put you into the children’s playroom. Continuing on, you will then enter into the generous kitchen. Hillman City hosts numerous events specifically designed to create a

community for social change. The kitchen has seen many cooking classes, whether for kids or adults. On certain days, the multi-purpose room acts a center for those in need to drop in for anything from toothpaste to cellphones.

Next, we found ourselves back in Capitol Hill to visit Agnes Underground and My Branch Office. Agnes Underground, like West Seattle Office Junction, is found underneath apartment buildings. In this spacious suite you will find a nice mix of full-time and part-time desks, a 10 person meeting room, kitchen and a newly added workout room and shower facilities. The back space opens up into a courtyard where you can shop for cupcakes, ice cream or visit the neighboring restaurants, all within walking distance.

With Rob at My Branch Office.

With Rob at My Branch Office.

My Branch Office is currently in a second story suite along Broadway. We were there just in time to discover that they will soon be moving to a new space just down the way. The current intimate suite is home to ten desks, a lounge area and water cooler station. We understand the new space will be quite a bit larger and I’m excited to see how it turns out! We ended the tour day with a trip around the corner to Molly Moon’s Ice Cream.

Day 4 (one site only)

 

We loved the little touches at the Pioneer Collective.

With summer in full swing, we had to cancel a few of our planned visits, but were able to squeeze in the Pioneer Collective in Pioneer Square. Owner Chris was there to greet us and give us the tour, while his wife Audrey was with their newborn (who I hear is quite the cutie). Pioneer Collective opened their doors in June and they are already off to a great start. The space boasts a beautiful open area, with lights strung across the ceiling, a brick wall with windows that hosts the fixed desks, two phones booths, a kitchen and one large conference room separated from the space by a glass wall. The building has a gym, bike rack and showers for the members to utilize and a second conference room is located up the curved staircase lined with plants.

Day 5

On our last day, we started at Hing Hay Coworks, a space located in Seattle’s International District. Hing Hay is another nonprofit coworking space. We were lulled by the calming background piano music as we toured the three different conference rooms, phone booths, private offices and coworking space. With the open floorplan, it allows for larger events to take place. Couches along the floor-to-ceiling windows create comfy lounge areas.

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Chad is one of the friendly owners at MetropoList.

In SoDo we met with Chad, co-founder of MetropoList. MetropoList Real Estate has agents dedicated to helping individuals buy or sell their homes. However, you don’t have to be a real estate agent to use the space. MetropoList just opened MetroWorks, a space for coworking. Its open space is large, perfect for holding different events like weddings and other celebrations. The space used to be a warehouse, with a working lift that can be used for events. In fact, during the grand opening, the lift was used for an acrobat show! The space also has a meeting room and private offices upstairs.

South Lake Union was the last stop for our coworking tour. Here, we made our way to WeWork, an extremely lively place packed with a vibrant group of people. Our tour guide, Robel, won extra points for being the first greeter on our coworking tour to offer us coffee, water, or tea as we arrived. WeWork has three different floors, each with various sized conference rooms, private offices, phone booths and a kitchen (stocked with water, milk, and a keg!). Their open coworking is located in the lounge, while the rest of the floors are lined with private offices. The office walls are glass, creating an open feeling throughout.

For the final stop of our tour, we went down the road to visit Nonprofit Leader.Org with Julie. The building used to be a school for Seattle arts, and inside they used former students’ artwork to decorate. Desks line the outer walls where the windows provide a beautiful view of the Space Needle and Seattle Center. Adjacent to the dedicated coworking space is a room with a lounge area, meeting space and additional office. Ideal for small nonprofits that are looking to pool resources and work with like minded social organizations. This socially minded space was a great way to end our tour for this summer.

I’ve learned quite a lot on the coworking tour, which was the primary goal. To me, the most important take-away is that coworking is a collaborative movement. It allows different people in different fields to come together and share company and their ideas. It’s resourceful, environmental and creates a strong community. What’s more, no two coworking spaces are exactly alike, which means that the savvy independent worker and start-up will shop around to find the space that best meets their needs and personality.

For a quick overview of each of the spaces we visited:  

Space: Vybe Communications Hub
Thumbs Up: This cozy setting allows for friendly and fun interaction between members.
Coworking tips: An experienced mail and package services program is a huge benefit for members. Also, T-Shirts!
Location: Eastlake
Know before you go: Street parking only, reception available, no advance reservation needed.
Day pass: $25/daily drop-in rate.

Space: Office Nomads
Thumbs Up: Mix of busy coworkers that makes you feel like work is getting done!
Coworking tips: Inviting members to participate in daily office care and community cultivation establishes a stronger and more vibrant community.
Location: Capitol Hill
Know before you go: Take a bike or the bus, bike rack available, no advance reservation needed, dog friendly.
Day pass: $30 basic membership for 1 day/month.

Space: West Seattle Office Junction
Thumbs Up: Designated quiet area includes cubicle spacing for privacy. 
Coworking tips: Members give the best tours, they really love the space and want you to love it too!
Location: West Seattle
Know before you go: Call or email ahead to reserve your tour, dog friendly.
Day pass: $25/daily drop-in rate.

Space: Impact Hub Seattle
Thumbs Up: Strong social engagement focus. Also, massage therapists, Orca cards and dog walkers, Oh My!
Coworking tips: There is a new sound lab downstairs – try it out people! 
Location: Pioneer Square
Know before you go: Best to reserve your tour in advance, dog friendly, bike or take a bus.
Day pass: Their Connect Membership is $35 for 2 days/month.

Space: Makers
Thumbs Up: Beautiful design touches throughout, plenty of “chill” space.
Coworking tips: Reserved desks with member’s names.
Know before you go: No advance reservation needed, dog friendly, bike or take a bus.
Location: Belltown
Day pass: Call for more information.  

Space: Metrix: Create Space
Thumbs Up: Fully loaded makerspace. Did we mention the 3D printers?
Coworking tips: Matt is very safety conscious with on-site equipment and has enough experience to help you make real prototypes to get your idea out there.
Know before you go: Reception available, no advance reservation needed, go online to learn about upcoming classes.
Location: Capitol Hill
Day pass: Starting with the Bottomless Toolbox $10/hr!

Space: Hillman City Collaboratory, An Incubator for Social Change
Thumbs Up: Community garden and monthly BBQ’s.
Coworking tips: Community events and classes make the Collaboratory a very active and positive part of their neighborhood.
Know before you go: The space is operated as a co-op: instead of charging rent, they request donations to contribute to your use of the space.
Location: Columbia City
Day pass: $20/daily drop-in rate.

Space: Agnes Underground
Thumbs Up: Playlist created by a local DJ specifically for the coworking day.
Coworking tips: Creative thought leader? Keep an eye out for the Cloud Room.
Know before you go: Must reserve your tour in advance.
Location: Capitol Hill
Day pass: $25/daily drop-in rate.

Space: My Branch Office
Thumbs Up:  A very friendly community here.
Coworking tips: Moving and growing! Keep checking their website to learn more.
Know before you go: You should contact Rob before going for your tour.
Location: Capitol Hill
Day pass: Keep checking back to learn more.

Space: The Pioneer Collective 
Thumbs Up: Specialty built phone booths and windows!
Coworking tips: Location, location, location! This is a great place for downtown meetings.
Know before you go: Take a bike or the bus, bike rack available, no advance reservation needed, dog friendly.
Location: Pioneer Square
Day pass: $30/daily drop-in rate.

Space: Hing Hay Coworks 
Thumbs Up: Background music and amazing event space.
Coworking tips: The nonprofit and community focus creates a vibrant atmosphere.
Know before you go: Conference rooms and smaller meeting rooms make this space ideal for downtown meetings. No advance reservation needed.
Location: International District
Day Pass: $30/daily drop-in rate.

Space: MetropoList
Thumbs Up: The amazing event space, book your wedding here now, before it’s too late!
Coworking tips: Highly collaborative group of co-founders truly energize the space. 
Know before you go: There is parking, day use, great coworking space. You don’t have to be a realtor.  
Location: SoDo
Day pass: $20/daily drop-in rate.

Space: WeWork
Thumbs Up: Lots of fun touches throughout.
Coworking tips: Partnerships with education programs, such as Microsoft Labs and General Assembly, add to the resources of a thriving coworking community.
Know before you go: This is a busy place, if you’re going for a meeting or day trial, best to schedule in advance. Bike or bus in, parking is limited in the area.
Location: South Lake Union
Day pass: $45 Commons Membership/$50 each additional day

Space: Nonprofit Leader.Org
Thumbs Up: Coworking for Change!
Coworking tips: Nonprofits that work together to reduce expenses can make a big difference.
Know before you go: Bike or bus in, parking is limited. Best to call and get directions prior to visiting.
Location: South Lake Union
Day pass: $15/daily drop-in rate.

Our “home” space: Works Progress
Thumbs Up from our members: “It’s such a welcoming, calm, and energizing atmosphere here, and I get so much more done here than I would at home.”
“I liked the location and setup of Works Progress.”  
“Everyone working here is friendly and professional.”
What to know before you go: Reception available, drop-in anytime during reception hours for a tour, dog friendly, bike friendly, limited parking in back and free street parking all around.
Location: Greenwood (North Seattle)
Day pass: $25/daily drop-in rate.

If you missed it this year, be sure to join us on the coworking tour next summer!

 

Coworking Week 2015

August 3-9th, 2015 is International Coworking Week! Celebrate 1500 coworking spaces around the world and 10 years of collaboration and encouraging the sharing economy.

Coworking Week is an opportunity for everyone to learn the benefits of a shared work environment, collaboration and creating a professional community of like-minded adults. If you have been thinking about joining a local coworking or maker Space, this is an excellent time for you to give it a try for a day or two at one of the Coworking Week partners spaces.

Stop by Works Progress in Greenwood at 115 N 85th Street, upstairs in Suite 202, to get a tour and more information or come by on Thursday, August 6 for a free day.

For other Coworking Week events, visit the Seattle Collaborative Spaces Website. Follow events in Seattle all week on Twitter: #SeaCoWeek!

What’s a Community Cultivator?

Candice Magbag

She always knows your name, for real!

Meet Candice!

Have you met Office Receptionist and Community Cultivator Candice Magbag? Since March she has been a fixture at the Works Progress front desk as our Receptionist, providing administrative support, supporting current and prospective members, and most importantly, always making sure the coffee pot is full!

What’s a Community Cultivator?
Candice also has the role of Community Cultivator. You might be wondering, what the heck is that? She says, “My job is to get more members involved in the community and collaborative aspects of our coworking space. We want members to understand that Works Progress is more than just a place to rent a desk. Marnee does a great job of putting on networking opportunities and fun events for all ages. My job is to strategize how to draw in more members for special events.”

Lately, Candice has been busy touring coworking spaces throughout the city to meet other coworking staff, see how other spaces operate and engage their members and get a sense for the larger coworking movement. You can expect to hear more about what she learned and the very different feel of each of the coworking spaces soon.

What are you up to when you aren’t at Works Progress?
Candice is one busy gal. When she isn’t supporting members here, she is a manager at The Disney Store at The Seattle Premium Outlets. Plus, she coaches a select volleyball team, and enjoys playing too. She is also studying Environmental and Global Studies and has long term professional aspirations to engage youth in sustainability initiatives.

When you have a rare day off, how do you like to spend it?
In her free time, Candice loves hiking in North Bend, and stand up paddle boarding (but admits she hasn’t mastered it yet). She secretly wants to try out ariel yoga.

What are you favorite places to eat in the neighborhood?
Munch Café has the best fries, Mr. Gyros is delicious, and there is always a salad or sandwich at Fred Meyer.

Tell us something about yourself most people don’t know.
I can’t watch movies from the beginning. I hate beginnings. I have to start in the middle. I also love commercials because they give me a chance to multi-task without missing anything. Also, I was born in Philippines and moved to the U.S. when I was nine.

Stop by and say hello to Candice at the front desk!
Have you stopped by to look at Candice’s front desk flyers yet? Be sure to say hello to Candice and read the riddle and ‘go green’ tip of the week and find out about upcoming happenings at Works Progress.

Posted by Aviva Vikstrom.

5 Responses When Your Parents Freak Out About Your Freelance Job

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We all have those moments when we just can’t get our parents to understand our new career choice. You might find it’s especially true with one of your parents in particular. Your mom can’t help but be up in your business. All the time. Your dad is sure you’re not saving for retirement. You’re spending it on fast cars and beer. Are they both still trying to figure out why you quit your day job? When the subject inevitably comes up, don’t get frustrated! We’ve got some answers that can help ease their mind.

When your parents ask: 

1. “Is it too late to get your old job back?”

They’re worried about your job security.

Tell them: Traditional jobs aren’t all they were once cracked up to be. Many corporate jobs have not brought wages back up to pre-recession levels, full departments are constantly at risk of layoffs and benefits packages, especially retirement packages, are no longer as secure as they once were.

It doesn’t hurt that many companies are choosing to hire freelance workers, in fact, a 2014 survey by Tower Lane Consulting confirmed that over 60% of companies plan to hire more freelancers in the next year.

2. “How are you going to meet anybody?”

And by ‘’anybody’’ mom means ‘somebody to give me grandchildren.’ Your dad doesn’t want you end up sad, alone and on his couch.

Tell them: It is possible to leave the house. With a more flexible schedule, you can go to more social activities and networking events throughout the day. Not only that, but with the rise of coworking spaces, more than 160,000 people worldwide are now members of over 3,000 coworking spaces according to DeskMag’s Coworking Forecast 2014. You’ve got your social calendar covered.

3. “How can anyone take you seriously”?

They may have been there when you were awarded “most helpful classmate” in 5th grade, but they’re not sure you have credibility with others.

Show them: When it comes to credibility, sometimes it’s easier to show then tell. You should already have an excellent online presence to awe and inspire them, including your professional website, portfolio of jobs and clients, and online reviews. Give them a tour of your coworking space and show them that you can still work in a real office!

4. “What do you do all day?”

They are trying, they really are, but they still don’t get it. Are you watching TV dramas? Reading a book? After all, who’s really your boss?

Tell them: Change how you describe your work day by talking about the extra hours that you put in, meeting early with clients from around the world, and working late to meet a deadline. But who are you kidding? Eve is finally getting revenge on Marlena in Days of Our Lives!

If you’re up to date on daytime drama, it may be time to try a coworking space and get out of the traps and isolation that working from home can lead to. Having a professional office with “coworkers” may help assure them that you ‘have a real job’.

5. “How can you afford that?”

Because they are still unconvinced that you can make any money with this gig, your parents are overly interested in your budget. All. The. Time.

Tell them: As reported by upwork.com, there are 53 million Americans who are freelancing today who collectively are contributing more than $715 billion in earnings to the national economy. Just because you do not have a traditional job, does not mean that your career does not have a solid growth curve. Offer to buy them dinner.

Don’t forget, as part of our tribute to mom and — in celebration of Father’s Day this weekend — dad, we’re giving away one free membership each month during June, July and August. Do you have any great mom/dad texts showing their support, confusion or stress for your freelance career? Share them and we’ll enter you into a raffle for one free months’ membership every time you do.

Raffle rules:

  1. Share your example with hashtag #dadtexts or #momtexts and #trycoworking. Works Progress must be tagged for your post to count. Twitter: @WorksProgressCo; Facebook: @Works Progress; Instagram: @works.progress.
  2. You can submit as many different #dadtexts or #momtexts as you want. Each submission counts for an entry into the raffle for that month.
  3. One drawing will be held each month in June, July and August on the last Friday of the month at 3pm. Only posts up until 12pm on the day of the drawing count for that month.
  4. Winners receive one free month of coworking at the 20 day membership level. (link http://coworking.worksprogressseattle.com/membership-information/)

Please note: Inappropriate posts will be flagged or deleted and do not count.

Is Your Mom Your Best Cheerleader? Win a FREE Month of Coworking

Send us a #Momtext about your freelance career and we’ll enter you in a drawing for one FREE MONTH of Coworking Membership.

Quitting your job to work on your own, whether you aim to be a writer, freelancer or start your own business, is a big transition. Thirty-four percent of the entire US workforce is doing freelance work(1), but it’s still hard for many of our moms to really support this crazy choice.

I try to explain my vision of being free, untethered, on my own, gloriously independent and working from home. #livethedream


What my mother thinks I’m doing when I work from home. #sweatpantsmonday


I tell my mom about this great start-up idea I have and how rich I’ll be. #imrich

But my mom thinks this is an excuse for me to move back home. #nevergoingtomakeit

The reality isn’t as grand as we envisioned, or as bad as our mom’s think. If your dream is to break out on your own, we think that you can get your mom off your back AND grow your business by joining a coworking community.

There’s no time like the present, join our summer raffle and win a free coworking membership at Works Progress!

If you have a great example of a text showing your mom’s support, confusion or stress about that crazy dream of working for yourself, you can share it now to enter our summer raffle.

Raffle rules:

  1. Share your example with hashtag #momtexts and #trycoworking and tag Works Progress. Works Progress must be tagged for your post to count. Twitter: @WorksProgressCo; Facebook: @Works Progress; Instagram: @works.progress.
  2. You can submit as many #momtexts as you want. Each submission counts for one entry into the raffle for that month.
  3. One drawing will be held each month in June, July and August on the last Friday of the month at 3pm. Only posts up until 12pm on the day of the drawing count for that month.
  4. Winners receive one free month of coworking at the 20 day membership level
  5. Current members are welcome to submit entries. Raffle prizes are not transferable.

Please note: Inappropriate posts will be flagged or deleted and do not count.

Footnote: 1. Freelancer’s Union Survey, released in September, 2014. https://www.freelancersunion.org/blog/dispatches/2014/09/04/53million/.

Works Progress is in the Top 10!

Symmetry50, a bookkeeping service for startups and freelancers, just came out with their second annual top 100 coworking spaces in the U.S. For their 2015 list, they used a combination of online member reviews and voting. We were thrilled to be included in the list for the second year in a row, but what we are really excited about is that we are listed as #7 this year.

One year anniversary mugs!

One year anniversary mugs!

Having visited a lot of coworking spaces, I can say that there is some pretty steep competition out there for thriving, comfortable and affordable coworking spaces. At Works Progress, we are thrilled to have the growing community of individuals and organizations who make our space what it is today. Thanks to our members for your inspiration, support and feedback. Here’s to another great year of coworking!

Phinneywood Art Walk May 8 & 9

There are many reasons we love being located in this neighborhood and the May Art Walk is one of them! On Friday night from 6-9pm you can expect to find 70 businesses in Phinney and Greenwood from 87th to 65th Streets open with art hanging, music or other live events and over 100 participating artists.

Mountain Nitelife

Mountain Nitelife

Consider starting your evening with us! We are excited to be featuring paintings by artist Mary Anne Nagy. Mary Anne received her degree in art from the University of San Diego. Her Pause for Animals series of bright acrylic animal paintings was born shortly before she and her family (including husband Bill, and daughters Anna Beth and Mary Lee) uprooted from the Midwest and moved to Seattle in 1996.

In Pause for Animals a bright sense of whimsy is often married to an aura of mystery and wonder: “Funny. Scary. Like us, not like us—who are these furry, scaled and feathered ones who also inhabit this fragile planet?” This group of paintings is part of her ongoing dream to combine her delight in painting animals with a longstanding interest in issues of animal advocacy and compassion.

Fun for all ages, there will be appetizers, juice and wine available Friday night. Children’s art activities in the lobby. You can find a map of participating venues here.

5 Reasons Coworking is Good for the Planet

Celebrate Earth Day by trying out your local coworking space! Chances are, if you live in a big city anywhere in the world, you are within walking distance of a coworking space. What does coworking have to do with Earth Day? Coworking spaces are helping to ensure that mobile, independent workers have a place to get their work done comfortably and meet and network with others. In many cases, this translates directly to reducing your carbon foot print.

If there is a coworking place near you, today is an excellent day to practice sustainability. Here are five reasons that coworking is good for the planet:

  1. Reduce your commute and walk/bike to work: If you walk or take your bike to your local
    bike at wp

    Bike Parking Available!

    coworking space, you are not only reducing your personal stress, but you are helping to save the environment. According to the U.S. Department of General Services, bike riding or walking to work can cut down household emissions by at least 6% and reduce traffic. Most coworking spaces will have bike parking on site.

  2. Reduce waste: Your coworking space will most likely offer recycling and encourage you to reduce your paper consumption. Some will also compost. And almost every space you go to will actively reduce the number of paper coffee cups that are thrown out by offering endless coffee and the mugs to put them in. Per the Nature Conservancy, “Over 16 billion paper cups are used for coffee every year. This translates to over 6.5 million trees cut down, 4 billion gallons of water wasted, and enough energy used to power nearly 54,000 homes for a year”.
  3. Make Green decisions: The conscious effort by many coworking spaces to reduce harm to the
    What great scholarly thoughts occurred at these University of Washington mid-century wood and metal "tanker" desks?

    What great scholarly thoughts occurred at these University of Washington mid-century wood and metal “tanker” desks?

    environment in everything from cleaning products to construction materials makes for both interesting places to work and an environmentally friendly work surrounding. The construction of many coworking spaces, like Works Progress, is done with an eye towards re-used and green materials. The products used to clean, light, furnish, renovate, and build coworking spaces are a significant part of their green credentials. Critical components of the green efforts used by many coworking spaces include confirming the sustainability of the source building materials; checking on the amount of emissions used during manufacturing the products; confirming the durability and recyclability of the products; and utilizing reused materials wherever possible.

  4. Energy smart: Coworking spaces can reduce how much energy each individual person is using at home, especially for heating and cooling needs. In addition, through efficient building efforts and conscious use of energy efficient lighting, most coworking spaces are reducing the overall neighborhood energy consumption and are excellent models for other local businesses. To learn more about reducing energy and reduce your impact, take the 2015 EcoChallenge!
  5. Buying local: Not only do you affirm the choices of your neighborhood coworking space to purchase locally made materials, you will tend to purchase more locally as well. By staying in your neighborhood, you will be visiting local businesses and reducing how much time you travel to make your purchases.
Members Celebrate Coworking Week 2014 Outside

Members Celebrate Coworking Week 2014 Outside

Looking for a coworking space in your neighborhood? Find a space near you on the member page of the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance. Most coworking spaces offer a free day trial. If you’re trying to find the coworking space that suits you most, check out the Space Traveler Program and get your free coffee mug!

Please Join us in Welcoming Our First Receptionist

Candice Joins the Works Progress Team

Candice Joins the Works Progress Team.

Works Progress is pleased to introduce you to Candice, our new Receptionist and Community Cultivator. Candice has junior standing at the University of Washington Bothell, where she is pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and Global Studies. Her career goal is to teach younger generations the importance of conservation and sustainability. When not at Works Progress, you can find Candice at the Seattle Premium Outlets Disney Store – where she is a cast member – or coaching volleyball for the U14 division of SVVC Fusion.

Also a dog lover, Candice has two dogs at home; a yellow lab named Oskar and black lab named Addison. She tells me that while they may not be coming in to cowork, they do like to watch movies and their favorite movies are The Lion King and Bambi. Candice, on the other hand, assures me that Titanic is her favorite.

I asked her what she thinks about joining our community after her first two days on the job, and she said, “I am beyond excited to join the Works Progress team! Coworking spaces are quite unique, allowing different types of people in different fields of work to share a space that provides community and collaboration. Meeting the members has been a pleasure, I can’t wait to interact and work with such great minds.”

Please stop by the reception desk to say hello!

Hourly Membership Rates

Choose from one of our hourly packages:

10 Hours

$52/mo.

20 Hours

$100/mo.

30 Hours

$125/mo.

Ready to get started? Download the membership packet here.