San Francisco is a beautiful city to live, work, and play. The city is a hub for entrepreneurs, artists, and freelancers. While these jobs have notable benefits--making your own schedule, no sitting in traffic, etc.--working from home has some major drawbacks too. It can be hard to stay focused while sitting in your apartment or corporate housing, it can be hard to draw inspiration, and you might even get lonely at times.
A shared workspace environment provides camaraderie, networking opportunities, amenities, and more at an affordable price that can be scaled to your unique needs. Here are the best shared workspaces to check out right here in San Francisco. NextSpace. The organization’s second location, opened in 2010, NextSpace San Francisco was on the cutting edge of shared workspace environments. With locations in Soma and Union Square, and throughout California, NextSpace provides a collaborative hub for a community of like-minded professionals, artists, and entrepreneurs. Why you’ll love it: In additional to a bright, beautiful space and all the creature comforts you could ask for, NextSpace offers entrepreneurial programming for members in the form of meetups, lunch and learns, workshops, and a weekly happy hour. Anchor. Located in the heart of San Francisco on Market Street, Anchor is situated across from entrepreneurial giants like Twitter and Square. With a vibrant atmosphere and community, this is an ideal shared office space to make your home base, or to host an event. Why you’ll love it: With a foosball table and meditation room, you won’t forget to take a mental health break at Anchor. Their nautical-themed decor, too, keeps the atmosphere fun, calm, and positive. WeWork SoMa. Although pricier than some, WeWork SoMa sets itself apart by being able to accommodate teams of any size. Across the globe, WeWork provides office space to industry-leading companies, including Sprint and Dell, as well as entrepreneurs and freelancers. WeWork SoMa is located in a charming historic office building dating back to 1910. If your ready to move your operations out of your living room, WeWork has space for your entire team. Why you’ll love it:As a part of the WeWork community, you get exposure to a network of individuals and businesses of all sizes that can offer expertise, capital, and talent for your endeavors. A shared work environment brings you into contact with like-minded business people in an environment that is specifically designed to enhance productivity and creativity. These and other co-working facilities offer a variety of options--some even a free trial--to find the perfect fit for your needs.