A Guide to Columbus Coworking

On the heels of the first Columbus Coworking Day, The Metropreneur has complied a go-to guide for workspaces across the city. Each active space provides the details on their environment, amenities and rates.

The Perch – Short North Coworking

Address: 45 E. Lincoln St.,  Short North

Number of offices / occupancy: 25

Brief outline of rental plans: We are a full-time shared office space. All members have 24/7 access.

Rates: $450/month per desk with discounts for larger teams

Are spaces available for multi-person teams: Yes

Amenities: All-inclusive package includes:

  • – Dedicated desk
  • – Printing
  • – Office supplies
  • – Private conference room
  • – Informal meeting areas
  • – Coffee, snacks & stocked bar
  • – Bike parking/storage
  • – Easy access to Short North entertainment options

Parking situation: Dedicated parking spaces

Describe your organization and space in a few sentences: The Perch provides a collaborative, high-quality shared office environment for small businesses and startup teams wishing to centralize their business activities in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus. In addition to providing a quality workspace for our members, The Perch is committed to creating an environment that accelerates business through shared knowledge and collaboration.

Any special notes: Availability is limited

Best contact for information on availability: work@theperchshortnorth.com

Website: theperchshortnorth.com

Qwirk Columbus

Address: 480 S. Third St. 2nd Floor, German Village

Number of offices / occupancy: 12 offices / 30-35 occupancy

Brief outline of rental plans & Rates:

Dedicated Room Membership — $650/month
You get the whole room. Two dedicated desks, private key to your room & Qwirk, mailing address for business, personal mailbox storage locker, priority use of the conference room and concepting room, printer/fax/copy/scan, use Qwirk for evening events.

Dedicated Desk Membership — $350/month
You get it all. A single dedicated desk (which means you use and keep the same desk every day of your membership), storage locker, priority use of the conference room and concepting room, printer/fax/copy/scan, use Qwirk for evening events.

Part-Time Desk Membership — $250/month
Ideal for flexible Qwirkers. Use of the full facility, but you just take any open desk that’s available. Locker for the day, ability to use the conference rooms and shared equipment, discounted rental of Qwirk for events.

Weekly Desk Membership — $85/week
Ideal for flexible Qwirkers on the go. Use of the full facility on a weekly basis. Dedicated desk, locker for the week, limited on-demand printing, ability to use the conference rooms and shared equipment at a discounted rate, discounted rental of Qwirk for events.

Day Pass — $10/day
For those who simply need to drop in unannounced and use Qwirk for the day.

Are spaces available for multi-person teams: Yes

Amenities:

  • – Office areas and common/lounge areas
  • – Secure internet & WiFi
  • – Secure lockers
  • – Print/fax/copy/scan
  • – Conference room with bridge phone & LCD presentation services, Apple TV, Chromecast
  • – Training Room for six to 15 people
  • – Recess Room
  • – Mail collection service
  • – Free onsite and cheap street parking
  • – Access to the QWIRK Community Database
  • – Espresso and coffee machine, snacks & water
  • – Kitchen with microwave, toaster oven and fridge
  • – Networking events
  • – Rent Qwirk for your events
  • – QWIRKtail hour

Parking situation: Parking lot in the back of the building and abundant street parking

Describe your organization and space in a few sentences: Qwirk rents out their office space to Villagers and others interested in working in the area. However, it is more than just a rented space. It’s a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. As soon as you walk in to the office, there is sense of community and collaboration. People are moving in between offices and bouncing ideas off of each other. It seems like Qwirk may be one of the few locations where the term “synergy” actually applies to the reality of the work environment.

The business also offers their space free on Fridays to anyone who needs it. This means that if you are looking for a place to expand your business but aren’t sure where to make the move, you can head over to Qwirk on a Friday and simply check it out.

Best contact for information on availability: 614-441-9557 | info@qwirkcolumbus.com

Website: qwirkcolumbus.com

Entrepreneurial Coshares, LLC

Address: 3040 Riverside Drive, Suite 227, Upper Arlington

Number of offices / occupancy: 12

Brief outline of rental plans & Rates: 

  • – Monthly pass: $250
  • – Weekly Pass (six days/week):  $90
  • – One Day Pass (one day/month): $20
  • – 10 Day Pass (Good for 10 working days in a rolling 30 day period): $100

Are spaces available for multi-person teams: Coming soon!

Amenities:

  • – Use of any available open desk
  • – Printing/ scanning/ copying
  • – Free Wi-Fi
  • – Conference room
  • – File storage options
  • – Lunch/ lounge room

Parking situation: Free parking

Describe your organization and space in a few sentences: Entrepreneurial Coshares is a new coworking location in Upper Arlington for small businesses, startups and non-profits, in addition to freelancers, entrepreneurs, designers, writers and anyone who wants and needs to be in a professional workspace environment. To support your organization’s growth and development, we offer strategic consulting as part of our services, and one free one-hour session per month for members purchasing a monthly pass.

Any special notes: If you are trying us out for the first time, please email to make an appointment so that one of our team members can meet you on location at your convenience.

Best contact for information on availability: entrepreneurialcosharesllc@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/entrepreneurcoshares

The Salt Mines

Address: 2997 Indianola Ave., Clintonville & 3820 N. High St., Clintonville

Number of offices / occupancy: Each of our spaces has room for eight dedicated desks and another 12-15 floating workspaces. We don’t offer private offices.

Brief outline of rental plans & Rates:

  • – Full-time membership for $200/month (with the option of adding a dedicated desk for $50/month)
  • – Part-time membership 12 days/month for $120
  • – Weekly membership five days/month for $60
  • – Basic membership one day/month for $15

Are spaces available for multi-person teams: We have tables and desk groupings that work well for teams. Our desks are big enough that pair-programmers can comfortably share space. We also offer 50 percent discounts on add-on memberships for teams who want to work together.

Amenities:

  • – Fast Wi-Fi
  • – French-pressed coffee from Backroom Coffee Roasters
  • – Convenient parking
  • – Conference space
  • – Shared kitchen
  • – Online collaborative tools (Groupbuzz and Slack)
  • Device Lab
  • – Loaner bikes at the Indianola location

Parking situation: A few dedicated spots as well as plentiful street parking at both locations. People are welcome to bring bikes into both spaces for safe, convenient storage.

Describe your organization and space in a few sentences: We believe coworking should focus on community and collaboration. To that end, we intentionally all work in the same space without private offices. Working at The Salt Mines is like working at a coffee shop where it’s OK to talk with your neighbors and the barista isn’t staring you down for not drinking enough coffee.

Any special notes: While we place an emphasis on being one community of independent professionals, each of our spaces has a separate, distinct feel. People interested in coworking should definitely take the time to check out both of our locations to see which one feels most like home.

Best contact for information on availability: info@saltmines.us

Website: saltmines.us

400 West Rich Co-Working

Address: 400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

Number of offices / occupancy: 6 offices, 25 chairs

Rates:

  • – Offices are $300 – $350/month
  • – Charis are $150/month

Are spaces available for multi-person teams: Yes

Amenities:

  • – 24/7 access
  • – Conference room
  • – High-speed Wi-Fi
  • – Lockers
  • – Free parking
  • – Bike rack
  • – Close to bus line
  • – Printing
  • – Kitchenette
  • – Coffee, tea & snacks
  • – Part-time receptionist
  • – Skill-share opportunities with Forge Columbus

Parking situation: Free parking on street and gravel lot

Describe your organization and space in a few sentences: Converted warehouse with lots of natural light, open spaces, connection with the artistic community and growing neighborhood redevelopment. Partners with the Idea Foundry and Franklinton Arts District.

Any special notes: 400 West Rich also has around 100 studios for artists. Availability is limited.

Best contact for information on availability: 400leasing@gmail.com

Website: 400westrich.com/cowork

Columbus Idea Foundry

Not quite a traditional coworking space…but coming soon!

Address: 433 W. State St., Franklinton

Number of offices / occupancy: 200 members and growing

Brief outline of rental plans: “Maker Membership” is three months up front, then month-to-month after that. We are exploring coworking memberships.

Rates: $35/month for “Maker Members” / Exploring pricing for coworking. Email us at coworking@ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com to provide us with information regarding your needs, your price points, your interests, etc.

Are spaces available for multi-person teams: Conference areas available

Amenities: 

  • – Internet
  • – Scanner / printer
  • – Coffee
  • – Kitchenette
  • – Mailboxes
  • – 200 talented members, and 60,000 square-foot of tools

Parking situation: Available within a few blocks

Describe your organization and space in a few sentences: The Columbus Idea Foundry is a community workshop, educational center and creative space. We have tools (from 3D printing to blacksmithing), we teach classes on all of our tools, and then we sell memberships. With 200 members and growing, we represent a technology, creative and entrepreneurial ecosystem that can help you make art, create products, devise innovations, monetize your ideas, or all of the above.

Any special notes: We will be starting a formal coworking space in 2016 on our second floor. For more information, please email Coworking@ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com.

Best contact for information on availability: info@ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com

Website: columbusideafoundry.com