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The Rise of Coworking in Aliso Viejo

New Ways To Work

Since people have been working in offices, trailblazers have been searching for different ways to structure the workplace. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it’s undoubtedly true that innovators are always looking for different ways to engage with their environments. Naturally, that extends to the work environment. Enter coworking in Aliso Viejo, Orange County stage right!

In a nutshell, coworking is the practice of shared workspaces. Multiple unrelated companies work in the same building, often using the operator’s administrative and amenity functions. In today’s modern and ever-changing office world, the fastest growing alternative to the traditional office space is a coworking space.

Since TechSpace – one of the very first operators in the coworking space industry – was established in 1997, the coworking industry has become a global phenomenon! Around 2008-2010, more operators joined the market, but in recent years the industry has veritably exploded. According to Emergent Research, over 1000 new coworking spaces opened in the second half of 2018 – nearly half of which are located in the U.S.  

Who Uses Coworking Spaces?

So, where do coworking spaces fit into the tradition of office spaces? The way people work and want to work has changed over the years with the increased capabilities of technology. In order to attract top talent and younger demographics, many companies are ditching traditional spaces in favor of the more flexible coworking model.

Typically, new or growing companies don’t have the funds (or desire) to start in traditional spaces, but they also don’t know where their company will be in one year, let alone five. Two to five-year terms are standard minimums for traditional offices. Most start-ups don’t want to tie up their capital with office leases; they like the flexibility of shorter terms provided by coworking spaces, as they can easily accommodate growth and change. However, large enterprise companies are now housing divisions of their companies at coworking spaces.

What Kinds of Companies Use Coworking Spaces?

TechSpace Aliso Viejo was established on the premise of unparalleled internet services and secure IT features, so tech companies have always been partial to our superior technology infrastructure. This has amplified in the last few years, as Southern California has continued to become an increasingly popular destination for tech companies. That being said, we’re also home to a wide range of businesses in other industries, including real estate, healthcare, legal, accounting, media, and more. Coworking is truly for everyone.

TechSpace Aliso Viejo also offers a more professional, collegial atmosphere than many other coworking spaces. We provide additional services to help streamline the day-to-day lives of our members, from personalized phone answering and screening to on-site reception support. Our on-site staff amplifies the value of these services by being incredibly personable and helpful, taking pride in caring for our members.

Coworking and Community

Employees thrive in coworking spaces due to the aesthetically intriguing, inspiring architectural designs of the spaces themselves, as well as floor plans maximized for productivity, and of course a thriving community of like-minded individuals.

Residing in sunny Southern California, TechSpace Aliso Viejo gets to take advantage of lots of natural night. The space is filled with large windows and decorated with bright colors to help take advantage of that light. It all works together to foster a positive energy throughout the space.

How good is coworking for networking? The community in Aliso Viejo is definitely driven and business-minded, though still relaxed and inviting. Many of our members have rented office space from us for long periods of time, allowing for the growth of many personal and professional relationships. The members are comfortably familiar with each other, and common spaces, especially near the Café, are always occupied by people engaging in both business and social gatherings. In other words, coworking is perfect for networking.

Aliso Viejo is definitely a more mature city with less hustle and bustle than some of the surrounding cities, and the environment at TechSpace Aliso Viejo has a similar vibe: friendly, yet focused. Many of our new members discover our space through referrals of current members; it’s clear these relationships help maintain a close-knit community feel within the halls.

Culture of Coworking in Aliso Viejo

One of the other things that can set coworking spaces apart is the available amenities. At TechSpace Aliso Viejo, the on-site Café is our most popular one.

“We took it over about a year and a half ago and completely renovated the interior and the menu. The Café is open from 7am-3pm, 5 days a week, and offers healthy, inexpensive breakfast and lunch items with rotating weekly specials. The biggest draw, however, are the ladies who run it. They have managed the Café for 20 years and have established personal relationships with many of our members. They are familiar with our members’ orders and often hand deliver meals to their offices, personalizing each experience.”Matt Echols, Site Manager

Coworking Space Considerations

As with any major decision, there are important factors to think about when choosing a coworking space in Orange County. First, look at the size of the office spaces and compare them when looking at other operators. All five-person offices are not equal! Some operators, like TechSpace, have more spacious suites, so what is listed as a five-person office could actually fit up to seven depending on how much space you feel each of your employees actually needs.

You must also consider whether or not the space has room for your company to grow. You may only need a small office now, but as your company scales, can they scale your office space? Customer service is important, too: not all operators are equal when it comes to helping their members. Make sure you will get all the support you need for your business!

Other Uses For Coworking Spaces

Coworking in Aliso Viejo isn’t just for large companies or start-ups, though. What other uses can coworking spaces provide? At TechSpace Aliso Viejo, our on-demand conference rooms are a popular amenity among members and non-members alike. (That’s another TechSpace bonus: you don’t have to rent an office or be a member to book a conference room.) All our conference rooms, small offices, and private booths provide functionally stylish environments to take care of business.

For those who are working at home but need to meet clients in a professional environment, coworking spaces are ideal. At TechSpace, you can book by the hour for a variety of size meeting spaces. As mentioned earlier, TechSpace Aliso Viejo offers a multitude of additional services, including providing mailing addresses and business phone numbers and call answering by a professional receptionist, among other things.

Our Coworking Predictions

So what’s in store for the future of coworking? Since the industry is expected to continue to grow in popularity through 2023, a few predictions include:

  • The demand for coworking will continue to rise as more and more large companies choose to forgo some or all of their traditional offices and move to the more flexible coworking model.
  • Partnerships will continue to form from a building owner/operator standpoint.
  • Some of the larger coworking operators may start acquiring some of the more successful smaller ones; in fact, TechSpace was acquired by Industrious Office in May 2019.  

Is coworking in Aliso Viejo the right path for your start-up or growing company? Find out more about why TechSpace’s coworking offices can be the right fit for your business!

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