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The Rise of Coworking in Costa Mesa

New Ways to Work

Since people have been working in offices, there have been trailblazers 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 Costa Mesa, stage right!

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

The coworking industry has become a global phenomenon! Around 2008-2010, more operators joined the market, but in recent years the industry has just exploded. According to Emergent Research, over 1000 new coworking spaces opened in the second half of 2018 – almost half of which are located in the U.S. TechSpace, one of the first operators in the coworking space industry, was established in 1997 and opened in Orange County’s Costa Mesa in 2012.

All TechSpace sites are strategically positioned in cities with lots of business traffic and near a variety of living options; in Costa Mesa, our members are also a stone’s throw away from world-class food and cultural meccas like the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Our OC location on 3420 Bristol Street in Costa Mesa attracts all types of talent from so many industries, and this breathes life into our space.

Who Uses Coworking Spaces?

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

What kinds of companies are best served by coworking spaces? Those in many industries, including both start-ups and established companies, are quite well-suited for coworking in Costa Mesa. The range of companies that are at home in TechSpace Costa Mesa is all over the map. Software and gaming companies are at the top of the list, which is to be expected as they seek us out for our superior technology infrastructure but we also see a lot of real estate and media companies.

We’re also home to many enterprise companies, local small to mid-size businesses as they appreciate the ease of a plug-and play-office with all the logistics always taken care of, so they can focus on business. Coworking in Costa Mesa is a simple, fun solution for the local businesses who need offices that can provide creative, flexible space for a team of any size, with the crucial community aspect built right in.

Startups also love that they are able to start small, then simply move right down the hall into a larger space if they hire on 10 people in a few months – or even weeks! We love seeing startups grow and succeed knowing it all began here at TechSpace Costa Mesa.

Coworking Space Considerations

As with any major decision, there are important factors to think about when choosing a coworking space. 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 also must 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 the support you need for your business!

Coworking and Community

Employees thrive in coworking spaces due to the creative, 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.

At TechSpace Costa Mesa, our offices line the outside of the building so each suite is not only spacious and private but also includes a killer view. The light, airy atmosphere of our interiors is as conducive to collaborative creativity as it is to throwing on headphones and getting in the zone.

Speaking of collaboration, how good is coworking in Costa Mesa for networking? Well, coworking is the perfect environment for networking! It is filled with a variety of businesses all with the same goal: growing and succeeding. Member events as well as community events provide opportunities to network and create new business connections without ever leaving the coworking space.

Coworking and community go hand-in-hand because people want to be with people, but they also want to be in an environment where they can succeed and get their work done. Coworking puts those two together, pairing a wide variety of types of people with an environment conducive to trying to accomplish one’s goals.

Culture of Coworking in Costa Mesa

“The community on campus is next level, we have so many inspiring companies and individuals walking our halls. It’s hard not to strive for more when you’re a part of this crowd. At the same time, we manage to keep our laid back, relaxed SoCal style – our members are so welcoming and warm so you’ll feel right at home. The work-family vibes are high at TechSpace Costa Mesa!” – Angela Wood, site manager at TechSpace Costa Mesa

Other Uses For Coworking Spaces

Coworking in Costa Mesa isn’t just for large companies or start-ups, though. What other uses can coworking spaces provide? Many coworking spaces, including TechSpace, provide on-demand conference rooms for members AND non-members. For those who are working at home but need to meet clients in a professional environment, coworking spaces are an ideal option. At TechSpace, you can book meeting spaces in a variety of sizes by the hour. Virtual services such as mailing addresses, call answering by a professional receptionist, and/or a business phone number are all available.

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.  

Is coworking in Costa Mesa the right path for your start-up or company? Learn more about why TechSpace’s coworking offices can be the right fit for your business!

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