Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Co-Workin' in San Diego

San Diego has a lively co-working scene for entrepreneurs and home-based business owners. Co-working spaces are shared work-stations or mini-offices available at hourly rates or monthly memberships. Co-working is a great option for our startup and home-based clients. Memberships are a fraction of the cost of leasing office space and are ideal for maintaining a low-overhead. Entrepreneurs can find a collaborative and innovative space to incubate while home-based business owners can work outside the house and network with other San Diego business owners.

Each San Diego co-working space offers a range of services from low-cost virtual offices that include mailing addresses and phone services to hourly work-stations or monthly office rentals. Most offer internet, meeting spaces, and free coffee. They are a great alternative to working at a noisy café! Many have chic designs and offer ergonomic, healthy work environments. They all have different styles, but all boast the advantages of a collaborative and creative work environment. The following are some local co-working spaces.

Starting in Kearny Mesa, Ansir Innovation Center is the perfect low-cost option for incubating your tech startup. Ansir offers free weekly events and acceleration services for venture manufacturing startups and companies expanding globally. Virtual offices, including mail and phone services, are as low as $50 a month or for $75 a month, get 20 hours of co-working desk space a week. Visit their website for more information: aicenterca.com

HiveHaus has a location in the downtown financial district and one near Petco Park. Hive offers Bizzy Boxes mail services for $35 a month, conference rooms for $35 an hour, 10 days of co-working space a month for $225, or 24/7 access to a private workspace for $400 a month. Check out their website at hivehaus.net for information on both locations.

Also in the Financial District, Co-Merge offers a variety of office needs in monthly packages for $8 an hour drop-in rates. Spaces range from comfy private phone booths, co-working stations, to training and multi-media rooms. Choose your own space online at www.co-merge.com

In University Heights, 3RDSPACE emphasizes collaboration and is a space to foster your own creative potential and that of the 3RDSPACE community. Limited access is as low as $50 a month or Full Access membership for $125 a month. Visit them at 3rdspace.com for membership details.

At Cedros Works in Solana Beach, enjoy a serene co-working environment  with access to physical and technological resources, and a network of business experts. Learn about their memberships at cedrosworks.com.

Traveling co-workers can join the nationwide network of PBC offices, including a location in Carlsbad. Choose between private offices, clustered suites, and team space. Learn more about PBC Offices at pbcoffices.com.

Kohwork’n in San Marcos promotes community and interaction at a low cost. Rent space for as little as $20 a day or choose from a range of monthly options starting at $49 a month for four days a month to $189 a month for 24/7 access to a private work station. See all their options at kohworkn.com.

For a specialized space, Hera Hub is a spa-inspired shared workspace for female entrepreneurs. There are four co-working membership options that range from the Light package at $69 per month for 8 hours of space to the Half-time package for 80 hours a month, plus 5 hours of meeting room space at $369 per month. Learn more about their spaces at herahub.com.

Accion is a big fan of the local co-working scene, as it offers a low-cost alternative to renting office space, while encouraging collaboration and networking. Watch out for our upcoming event with Hera Hub and check out the San Diego Coworking Alliance at sandiegocoworking.com for more information on all of the spaces featured in this article.


  1. great article! Thanks for bringing light to this growing trend.

  2. That's a great idea guys!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I may be having to look into that for my interior design business!!!! Me love some ACCION! - Jessica Tompane.

  3. Here is a link you did not mention.

    Vision Pulse Creative Events Center and CEO Suites.
    If you want more info here is a link: http://www.visionpulse.com

    You can reach me at http://www.apcgroup.org