If you’re new to coworking in Fort Collins and you’ve been working from home for one month or 11 years, understanding how coworking works can be overwhelming. This post will break down the basic terminology for you that you’ll find across many coworking spaces and it’ll give you a lot of detail about how your Cohere membership will work after you join.
The work spaces
Coworking spaces typically offer FOUR things: flex desks, dedicated desks, private offices and meeting room rentals.
Flex Desks: flex desks are desks that are by-the-day desks that operate a lot like a coffee shop. If the desk is empty, it’s yours to sit at.
Pros: you can continue your nomadic/mobile lifestyle and continue to have some days working from home, some from a coffee shop and some from your coworking space. Flex desks tend to be attached to the most flexible types of membership: month-to-month. I like the flex desk option because members can upgrade and downgrade their membership as needed so it’s just what it sounds like: ultra-flexible.
Cons: if you’re a person who needs stability and continuity in your life, a flex desk might seem like a nightmare for you. If you have a large desktop PC, multiple monitors or ergonomic issues then a flex desk is not a good choice. If you are on the phone more than 2 hours/day, you might find a flex desk tedious b/c you’ll be picking up your laptop to go to a phone room multiple times per day. You also have to remember to bring all the things you might need for the day with you. Think about power cords, headphones and connection dongles that you’ll need to be productive.
Dedicated Desks: dedicated desks are just what they sound like; dedicated to you. You get your own desk where no one else will sit and you can leave your computer and doo-dads on it 24/7.
Pros: if you have a large PC, require multiple monitors or just plain like having your pictures and paperweights around you, this is a great choice for you. You never have to remember to bring anything to work with you, it’s already there. This option works best if you plan to be at your coworking space full time to get your job done.
Cons: the view stays the same every day. If variety is your spice of life, having a dedicated desk might hem you in a little too much. Some coworking spaces, like Cohere, occassionally have events in the coworking area. This means that you need to be okay with non-members being around your things for an hour or two every month. I have left my stuff out on my desk for 8 years with zero issues.
Private Offices: MANY people want but few people actually need a private office to be productive in a coworking space. Private offices are very useful for the following types of businesses: coaching/therapy, people who have to be on the phone ALL DAY (think sales or pair-programmers) teams of people who will be interacting for much of the day or businesses that have lots of materials they are shipping or assembling.
Pros: you are the mistress of your domain in your private office. You can make it look and feel just the way you want it to and leave however many things inside of it that you wish. You can take as many phone calls as you need to without having to find a phone booth. You can have as much privacy as you want by simply closing your door and hiding.
Cons: private offices are among the most expensive membership choices in a coworking space. I recommend trying out a flex desk for a couple of months to see how it works before you upgrade. It is MUCH harder to make friends and engage with the community when you’re in your own office. You will have to make a much more concerted effort to leave your office and talk to other members. Private office members who aren’t willing or able to attend social events or hang out in the kitchen to chat for an extra five minutes typically don’t have a great coworking experience.
What you get with your Cohere membership
Cohere uses a mostly flat structure for doling out amenities. All members enjoy the same benefits whether you join at 1 day a week or have your own office. All memberships come with the following bonus items:
- Friends! Yes, because Cohere is a smaller coworking community, it’s much easier to get to know your neighbors so you can make real friends you’ll have for life.
- Business class wifi over 6 Unifi access points.
- 5 Drop-in phone rooms to take calls in.
- 4 free hours/month use in the small meeting room and half off rates for extra hours.
- 8-20 free hours/month use in the large conference room depending on your plan and half off rates for extra hours.
- Participation in our private Facebook group and Slack channel for help and funny stuff whether you’re at Cohere or not.
- Invitations to low-key and small scale social events like lunch out or potluck style meals at Cohere.
- Black & white printing.
- Shared kitchen includes: coffee, hot water, fridge, dishes, microwave/toaster oven, option to purchase snacks and lunches.
- Access to the Zen Den, our interruption-free workroom.
- Parking access with $25/year permit.
- Living room for casual couch-working or lunches.
- Patio/deck for outdoor working, lunch or phone calls.
- External monitors and connection dongles so you don’t have to lug your screen along.
Building hours, access and using your membership
Cohere is locked all the time so our members all have key codes to access the space at whatever hour and day is most convenient for them. If you are expecting guests, we have a doorbell system so you can go get them.
Wayfarer, Neighbor and Private office members have 24/7 access as often as they want to cowork. The flex plans that include 1, 2 or 3 days/week of access (Explorer, Outrider and Nomad) have a different kind of flexibility. See all of the membership plans.
Part-time flex memberships can use their days/week by the week or think of them as more of days/month. For example:
Sam joins at the Outrider or 2 day/week plan. Sam can cowork 2 full days/week. A full day is about 8-9 hours OR she can break a day up into 2 half days so she’d have 4 half days/week. If Sam takes vacation or needs to travel for work, her days can shift earlier or later in the month so she can still get her full 8 days of coworking. You can use your plan days at any point during the month but your days DON’T carry over into the next month.
All of Cohere’s memberships are month-to-month so you can upgrade, downgrade or leave as you need to.
We use a membership management system to handle invoicing, payment and room reservations. Once you become a member, you will have access to book the conference rooms online.
So what are you waiting for?
Schedule a tour. No really. Don’t drop in on us, we might all be out to lunch together!