As entrepreneurship has evolved, the varying impacts of different workspaces on people's creativity and productivity has become a great area of interest.
Co-working spaces harness the idea that a good office environment can stimulate great work; they provide an office surrounding which entrepreneurs can use as they please.
In addition, co-working spaces supply their clients with access to business resources, flexible amenities like on-site gyms, daycare, dry cleaning, food service, and more.
Due to the specific obstacles faced by women in the workplace, a number of co-working spaces have been designed specifically for female entrepreneurs. These office environments cater to the growing number of women business owners who still feel disadvantaged in the workplace.
Best Co-Working Spaces for Women
1. Hera Hub
With locations in California (Carlsbad, Sorrento Valley, Mission Valley, Irvine), Washington D.C., Phoenix, and Sweden, Hera Hub is the first international female-focused co-working space. The offices are spa-inspired with complimentary amenities such as:
- Mail handling
- Office supplies
- Free parking
- Knowledgeable receptionists
While non-members can book the meeting and conference rooms and event spaces, the co-working space is limited to members only because of the hub’s emphasis on community.
Depending on the city and the needs of members, membership ranges from $79 to $389 per month. It is an all-inclusive membership with “no nickel-and-diming” that can be flexibly renewed month-by-month.
The workspace is open publicly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, although after-hours coworking, events, and meetings are available to members of Bronze status and above. Other benefits include:
- Weekly events
- Access to business gurus
- Connections with an angel investment division to support female entrepreneurs
Before committing, feel free to contact Hera Hub for a free tour or trial of the space. Membership is also dependent on a screening process to make sure that applicants are the right fit for the environment.
2. The Hivery
Alternatively, The Hivery believes deeply in inclusion of all people and therefore does not have an application or review process to join. Interested parties simply choose either the Mill Valley or San Francisco location and sign up for a membership.
There are two membership options:
- Flex Coworking for $200 a month ($1,200 total due to six month pre-pay), which includes four workdays a month, two conference room hours a month, and access to both locations.
- Unlimited Coworking for $360 a month ($2,160 total due to six month pre-pay), which includes unlimited workdays, 10 conference room hours a month, and access to both locations.
The space is open from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with membership benefits like:
- A multi-purpose creative studio
- Standing desks
- Light refreshments and snacks.
There is a large paid parking lot nearby and street parking in adjacent neighborhoods. If you aren’t quite ready to commit to six months of co-working creativity, you can pay slightly more for a month-by-month membership, contact The Hivery for a tour, or buy a single day ($50) or three-day pass ($99) by calling (415) 569-7760.
3. The Wing
The Wing is a popular woman-only co-working space with current or upcoming locations in the following:
- New York (Bryant Park, Williamsburg, Flatiron, SoHo, Dumbo)
- Washington D.C.
- West Hollywood
- San Francisco
Access to these co-working spaces requires interested parties to fill out a membership application. Costs range from $215 per month or $2,350 annually for a single location; and $250 per month or $2,700 annually for all locations (perfect for any jet setters). Membership benefits are plentiful, including:
- An in-house cafe
- A pump room
- Beauty rooms stocked with products
- A warm and friendly staff
Some locations have agreements with parking lots to offer members discount parking. Additionally, there is a program called The Little Wing which offers childcare, playtime, and classes for children, so that mothers can use The Wing’s work facilities without worrying.
The Wing is open every day, including Saturday and Sunday on a slightly different schedule. Weekday hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. The Coven
Based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, The Coven is an inclusive co-working space for women, non-binary, and transgender folks.
Today, the co-working space has over 400 members from a wide range of industries; 140 of whom are from underserved communities and have a no-cost membership through the 5-1 Community Funded Membership model.
While guest passes are available weekly, those with an eye on the longer-term can choose from three membership options:
- The founding membership is $1,800 per year with unlimited workspace and event access, six hours of conference room credits, and 16 guest hours.
- Monthly membership is $225 per month for workspace and event access.
- Social Membership is $140 per month for three days per month of workspace access, unlimited event access, and four guest hours per week.
According to the website, members enjoy “vibrant workspace, private parent and prayer room, phone booths, private showers and changing areas, conference rooms, delicious snacks, guest passes and so much more.”
The Coven is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Sunday with slightly different hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Parking is available directly across the street for $10 a day. Call (612) 259-7383 for more information.
EvolveHer’s 5,000 square foot loft is paradise for female entrepreneurs. In addition to serving as a productivity-inducing workspace for women with a shared workspace, private offices, phone booths, conference rooms, and event space, EvolveHer treats members with plush benefits such as:
- Curated events
- A studio for podcast recording
- Exclusive discounts and VIP offers from top brands across the country
- Access to a community of inspirational women.
Most of these benefits do not apply to day passes and bundles — available at request — which is why overall the month-to-month membership does have better value. There are three co-working membership options ranging from $99 to $289 a month, with access ranging from 2 days a month to 80 hours/month.
Alternatively, individuals or companies can buy dedicated desks, single office spaces, or full office spaces from $489 to $1,200 a month. As for parking, there is street parking or a limited number of monthly spots available to rent.
6. RISE Collaborative
RISE emphasizes collaboration in its two workspaces. Whether in the Denver or St. Louis location, RISE describes its membership as “like going to a party where everyone you meet is more interesting and inspiring than the last.”
Of course, it’s not all fun and games — RISE is first and foremost a professional environment, featuring:
- Private offices
- A classroom
- An event space
- Conference rooms
- Work stations
- Collaborative spaces
- Free parking
People with more concrete schedules can benefit from private office rental from $900+ a month or dedicated desks for $450 a month. For those seeking community and connections, RISE offers “Drop-In” membership, including:
- Social membership ($50/month) with which members can access weekly social events
- Part Time membership ($160/month) for people seeking a mix of social and workplace access
- Full Time ($275/month) for those who need unlimited access to the co-working space
To find out more, schedule a tour online or contact the company's St. Louis (email@example.com) or Denver (firstname.lastname@example.org) locations.
7. The Riveter
With locations in Seattle (Fremont, Capitol Hill, Bellevue), California, Texas (Austin, Dallas), Minneapolis, Denver, and Portland, The Riveter offers “best-in-class events and programming, flexible memberships, and collaborative workspaces” for women across the US. Tours and free day passes are available for each location so that prospective members can try before they buy.
The workspace pricing ranges from $199 per month for a Flex plan, which includes working from a lounge, communal table, or small workspace; $450 per month for a dedicated desk in the collaborative workspace with 24/7 access and locking storage; and private offices for two to 13 people from $1,000 per month to $7,500 per month.
The workspace is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but members with 24/7 access can enter whenever they like. Any questions about membership can be directed to email@example.com.
8. SheWorks Collective
Housed in a bright, modern loft in Union Square, SheWorks Collective is an inclusive co-working space for the women of New York City.
To access the space, interested parties must “claim a seat.” The monthly cost of the seat varies depending on your membership plan:
- $75 to use SheWorks Collective as your NYC business mailing address
- $250 for a part-time desk six days a month
- $548 for a dedicated full-time desk
- $0 for membership access to activities.
The office is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, with various events to help cultivate community bonds among members.
9. Paper Dolls
While it plans to open locations across the US in New York, California, Georgia, Chicago, and Seattle, Paper Dolls currently has just one location in Los Angeles. You can pay to use parts of the studio space for a day at a time, or use the co-working space and gain benefits through the membership plans.
Membership buys entrepreneurs access to discounted studio use, contacts, and networking events and is available in three tiers:
- Fearless Founder
- Connected Doll
- Start-Up Sister
The membership you choose depends on how much you prioritize studio space versus networking or training opportunities. Each is priced differently and requires an application that needs to be approved.
Use this contact form or call (310) 873-3329 for more details on pricing.
10. The Jane Club
The Jane Club has a unique selling point, as “the mother of all workspaces,” meaning that it is the first and only community and co-working space with onsite childcare and amenities designed entirely with mothers in mind.
An accepted application wins you (at an extra cost) access to the childcare services, as well as daily meditation and midday workouts based out of the Los Angeles office.
To become a “Jane,” membership costs $450 to $499 per month, which permits access to communal workspaces, private rooms, amenities, daytime programming, and events.
A “Friend of Jane” can access all of those spaces 5 days a month for $250. For “Traveling Janes,” $1,500 a year buys 20 days at The Jane. “Power Jane” costs $5,000 a month for a private, dedicated office (for teams up to six).
Childcare costs $20 an hour and guests are free for two hours. The Jane is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and events are hosted after the workspace closes until 10 p.m.