The office work environment changed drastically during the last two years. Many people went from working on location for a company to working for that company online at home or elsewhere. While people enjoyed the benefits of working from home, some found that their homes lack quiet, privacy, and amenities that support focused work. They also discovered that there’s something electric about creating good work in an intentional space with others. Even though everyone in the physical space is driving toward different business goals and unique desired outcomes using diverse skill sets, the general aspirations are the same: to create steady progress, to collaborate with others and to have fun along the way.
In recent years, coworking spaces have been popping up all over, and there is now an abundance of beautiful locations with valuable amenities right here in the Triangle, which gives remote workers the perfect solution. They usually have office equipment, meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, and like-minded people with whom members can socialize, bond, and network. Here is a round-up of the best coworking spaces in the Triangle:
The Loading Dock coworking offices in Raleigh are conveniently located in Five Points (Dock 1053), Downtown Raleigh (Prince Hall), and West Raleigh (Beryl). Each of these coworking spaces feature private offices, meeting rooms and event space alongside co-warehousing options ideal for scaling e-commerce companies.
The coworking area at the Loading Dock is comfortable, and the tables are oversized. The multi-functional meeting rooms are equipped for video conferencing. A printer, copier, and fax machine are available, as are enterprise-level wifi, mail services, business mailing addresses, an on-site notary, discounts, access to special events, and a full-service kitchen that is stocked with Fair Trade Coffee. Unusual in a workspace, the Loading Dock is also pet-friendly, so no need to part from your furry friends for the workday!
Loading Dock Wake Forest is located in a former warehouse space at 525 South White Street. The historic downtown space is conveniently located and provides a comfy work space with beautiful views.
The downtown Wake Forest campus offers coworking, private offices, meeting rooms and a large indoor/outdoor event space for community events. Monthly memberships currently begin at $150 and include printing and mailing services as well as networking event access.
Industrious Raleigh has two locations on Fayetteville Street and a new location opening this summer in Chapel Hill. Floor-to-ceiling windows, along with artisan pastries and other first-class amenities, make the Charter Square coworking space extra enjoyable and conducive to work. The Wells Fargo Capital Center offers over 27,000 square feet of space in Raleigh’s central business hub.
Parks and green space will surround the new flexible workplace in beautiful Chapel Hill, North Carolina. And thanks to the on-site terrace cafe, bike rack, and locker rooms, it’s easy to make the most of this idyllic setting whether you’re pedaling to the office or getting inspired by the view.
A useful mixture of office space types sets Industrious Office apart from other coworking offices. Space types include huddle spaces, private phone rooms, and a wellness room, in addition to the common coworking area. Small, medium and large private offices are also available.
With four locations in the Triangle, Raleigh Founded Coworking options are perfect for freelancers, solo-preneurs, remote workers and growing teams who need flexible work space. Office amenities include free, locally sourced coffee from their cafe, access to a personal mailbox, online resources, and use of their on-site bike sharing service.
As a Raleigh Founded member, you can take advantage of peer-to-peer connections and attend members-only events, like their monthly Community Happy Hour and Community Lunch. Raleigh Founded members also get 30+ discounts to local shops and professional beneﬁts, including access to talent, funding, programming, legal, accounting, and more!
They also have an office presence in other major N.C. markets including Greensboro, Charlotte, and Wilmington, so membership here would be beneficial if you find yourself roaming the state.
Nest Raleigh is an independently owned unique co-working space with communal workspace, dedicated desks, private suites, public conference room rentals and events space. Located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh in City Plaza, Nest provides a little something for everyone. You can rent their kitchen for happy hours, meet n’ greets, or launch parties or use their studio to record livestreams or podcasts.
Other amenities include parking, mail concierge, phone booths, private desks, wifi, free coffee, beer, kombucha, and vino! Unlimited membership starts at just $200 a month.
American Underground, located in Durham, has provided workspace, resources, and a vibrant community to startups and entrepreneurs since 2010. First located in an underused basement in the historic American Tobacco Campus — hence the name American Underground — the AU now has several locations in downtown Durham and houses hundreds of startup members.
Whether co-working or in a private office, enjoy premium downtown workspace and access to conference rooms and the rooftop patio. With a range of office layouts and flexible short-term agreements, the AU provides options that scale with your team. Other amenities include podcast studio access, invite to AU slack and member portal, unlimited postings on the AU job board, use of mailing address and mailbox, and 24/7 access to their coworking space.
Frontier RTP, located on the first floor in Building 800 in Research Triangle Park, offers free (yes, free!) coworking space Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Frontier’s open environment of relaxed work spaces is designed to accommodate a dynamic, diverse and collaborative community. The coworking space has four small conference rooms that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for up to two hours. They accommodate meetings for groups as small as two people, or as large as 20.
Frontier is also dog-friendly! Your leashed, well-mannered colleagues are welcome to join you at Frontier RTP and their on-campus dog park, Barkyard.
Need to refuel? Steps away from the coworking space is Boxyard RTP, which offers dining and shopping experiences from North Carolina vendors. Boxyard also has a robust events program with weekly live performances.