One-third of your life is spent at work, so where you work and who you work with is important. The 9-5 culture is losing popularity as more and more individuals are opting to use coworking spaces, which are shared office spaces used by groups and individuals. Statista predicted that by 2027, 50.9% of the total U.S workforce will be freelancing. Coworking allows people to find flexible, affordable office spaces that they can grow into. Individuals have reported that coworking has expanded their professional networks and made them more motivated, engaged, happy, and successful.
If you are a telecommuter, entrepreneur, freelancer, small business, a budding startup, or a remote worker looking for a shared office, here are the top five coworking spaces in Alabama.
Located in Birmingham, REV Birmingham SocialVenture is a unique coworking space converted from an abandoned warehouse. SocialVenture is home to developers, investors, local startups, and small businesses in or interested in bettering the city of Birmingham. They offer coaches, workshops, and resources to help these people grow their business and solve their problems. They offer flex desks, community tables, personal desks, and office suites. They also offer day passes for $25 per day.
Exchange believes that entrepreneurs can change the world and provide them with a place where they can work the way they need to work. They have a team of experienced shareholders and business leaders who are looking to invest in the amazing talent coming out of Mobile, Alabama. Whether you want to grow your business, are an established business, or a startup looking to get your project off the ground, Exchange might be the place for you. Full-time membership is $175/mo and gets you 24/7 access to the coworking space, among other things. Private office membership is $1,000, and team office membership is $1,250.
Members love Forge because of its diverse community and the staff’s ability to anticipate their needs before they have them. Forge has flexible workspaces, benefits and perks, an impressive member network, member events, and opportunities to serve the city. According to their most recent survey, 75% of coworking members saw an increase in revenue after joining a coworking space, 94% developed new relationships, 76% grew their business, and 100% increased productivity. You can get 24/7 access to Forge’s workspace for $189/mo. They also offer after 5 pm and weekend access for $100/mo, dedicated desks for $325/mo, and private offices for varying prices. If you want to try coworking out before committing, Forge has day passes for $25 and a trial week for $50.
The Hub is a community of professional dreamers, thinkers, and doers in Birmingham, Alabama. Entrepreneurs, established companies with remote employees, and individuals who want to move out of their home office come to this vibrant workspace to collaborate and get things done. You can become a hub collaborator for $150/mo, giving you 24/7 access to communal workspaces. The Hub also has dedicated desks for $250/mo and group coworking, where each member receives a 20% discount on their monthly membership.
Huntsville is where some of the most creative and dynamic entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, and creatives in town go to work. The founders say that they created Huntsville because they were “tired of working from coffee shops, being unproductive at home, and missing the contagious energy of being around like-minded individuals.” Membership plans start at $150/mo for access to their workspace. Personal desks are $250/mo, and suites range from $550-$1,000/mo. They also offer day passes for $15 and five-day passes for $50.