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Over the past few years, there’s been a cultural shift—in Dallas and around the country. In the name of frugality, more companies are turning to freelancers with low overhead and quick turnaround times. At the same time, many people who once sought solace in the arms of company jobs are finding just as much stability and far more flexibility striking out on their own.
Freelancing has grown. Coffee shops with free wifi have thrived. Tie sales have suffered. But while freelancers are an independent bunch, sometimes it’s nice not to freelance alone.
Enter the coworking space—a place where you can desk for a day, or a week, or a month at a time. You can go lean and just foot for whatever unused table space is available or spring for a reserved office. Some coworking locations even have event spaces. Essentially it’s office-on-demand for the creative nomad.
Bust most of all, freelancers in coworking spaces enjoy the getting to spend time around other creatives and all the serendipitous interactions that come with it. A copywriter bounces ideas off of an art director. A designer shares a web project with a developer. A tech startup founder gets tips from a content strategist.
Dallas has embraced this movement with panache. Some are funky, some are slick, some are homey. Whatever your taste, here are a few of Dallas’s top creative coworking spaces.
Common Desk – Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX / Bishop Arts, Dallas, TX / Fort Worth, TX / Plano, TX
Walk outside Common Desk and you’re surrounded by murals, funky local eats and countless indie shops. Try not to be uninspired. I dare you.
Weld – Design District, Dallas, TX
Community is a big deal at weld. They hold regular workshops so creatives can share knowledge. Plus, you get access to a production studio.
Fort Work – North Dallas, TX (near Dallas North Tollway & Arapaho)
One of the most affordable Dallas coworking spaces, Fort Work is geared toward people who don’t mind officing in a more suburban style location.
Dallas Cowork – Farmer’s Branch, TX (near I-35 & I-635)
A minimalist’s dream of white on white on white. Plus, there’s a lobby café if you don’t want to stray far for lunch.
The Grove – West End, Dallas, TX
Another regular holder of creative community events, The Grove sports a contemporary feel and entrepreneur-friendly environment.