When you’re a small business owner or a freelancer, working from home can get boring very quickly. If you miss the social aspect of working in an office but aren’t ready to hire your own place yet, a co-working office could be the perfect option.
A co-working office is a collaborative space where lots of different businesses can hire an individual desk, room or hot-desking area without committing to a long-term contract. There are many benefits to co-working offices, including:
- being able to separate your work and home life
- networking opportunities with other businesses in the office
- having access to office resources like meeting rooms and mail/call forwarding services
- flexible options in terms of costs and contracts
If you’re a small business owner in Edinburgh, I’d recommend checking out these great co-working offices in the city.
The Melting Pot
Established in 2007, The Melting Pot is one of the UK’s oldest co-working offices. With a great location on Rose Street, it’s home to a diverse range of people and businesses. It’s perfect if you’re looking to do some networking with new people.
In addition to desk space and access to meeting rooms, you can also access workshop space and event rooms. This is great if you’re holding an important meeting or are running a one-off course. The Melting Pot even offer free open days so you can go along and find out if a co-working office is right for you.
Codebase could be the perfect co-working office for you if you’re a startup, a tech company or a small business involved in the digital sector. There are several flexible options here to suit your needs and budget, including hiring a fixed desk or paying for monthly or daily hotdesking.
Codebase host lots of events so it’s great for networking or meeting like-minded small businesses. Check out the monthly Creative Circles event by Creative Edinburgh for an informal morning of coffee and chats.
Love the luxury feel of Edinburgh’s New Town but don’t want to spend thousands of pounds? Try the Kingsford Office co-working space instead. As well as the usual hotdesking facilities, Kingsford Office offer serviced offices for larger teams and virtual office services (like mail handling and call forwarding).
They also host an open bar every Friday after work, which is something I can definitely get on board with! It’s the perfect opportunity to socialise and meet other small businesses over a couple of drinks.
Located in Portobello for a more relaxed office environment, Tribe Porty has a great community feel to it. This co-working office has been designed to encourage creativity and collaborative projects.
There are a range of co-working options at Tribe Porty including fixed desks, hotdesking, meeting rooms, office spaces and venue hire. Also look out for their social events including coffee mornings, weekly lunches and even yoga sessions!
Best for creative and digital businesses, the Creative Exchange co-working space offers business support and development services on top of the usual desk hire options. There are lots of great small businesses, making it an ideal place to find others to collaborate and network with.
At the Creative Exchange, you can choose pay-as-you-go options which last either half a day, one day or three days. This option is great if you’re working on a particular project that you require a temporary office for – there’s no need to pay for the whole month or even a whole week.
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