It gets old – the whole “working from home” thing. Being isolated from people, missing the most social aspects of office life.

Have you ever had a day where you didn’t leave the house…once?

When you’re behind the wheel of a growing company (or just crave some decent human interaction and sunshine every now and then), why not get some office space? Finding affordable office space with no long-term commitment is easier than ever. With this list of creative office space ideas for small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs, you’ll be out in the world (and on your terms) in no time. And who knows – you might even meet your next employee or customer while you’re out there!

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Co-working Spaces

When you need to get out of the house, why not join other business owners just like you who needed to get out of the house too? Coworking spaces are at-your-disposal work spaces that you can rent by the day, month, or year. Curious about the benefits of coworking for your business? FastCompany had a great article about the future of the coworking movement and why it just might be right for you. You can find a coworking space in your neighborhood or city with a simple “co-working <your city>” search in Google.

Shared Office Space

Not quite ready for your own office space to call your own? Find what’s called a “hot desk” or “temp office” in your city. If you’re not familiar with PivotDesk, get familiar. PivotDesk is a matchmaking service between companies that need space and local businesses that have extra space to lease. No headaches involved and you can pretty much seal the deal on your next office space in a heartbeat. You can also do a simple Craigslist search under the “office/commercial” section under Housing for “shared” under that heading. You might be surprised what you’ll find.

Try a “Coffice” Space

If you’re more interested in cost than venue, you might consider teaming up with fellow work-from-home professionals for scheduled “coffice” space dates. What’s a coffice? Well, it’s a coffee shop with comfy chairs and wifi. The coffee culture around the country is growing rapidly and you’re not going to be at a loss for venues to both caffeinate and convene at. Coffice arrangements give you the best of everything. You can get out of the house, be surrounded by other get-it-done professionals, and support a local business – all at once. Consider establishing set days of the week when you and your fellow cofficers meet for maximum productivity. Just a note in support of those who own those local coffee shops: buy something and don’t plan on camping for free. It’s just the right thing to do as a fellow local business owner.

Office Space When (and Where) You Need It

Companies like Regus, Cloud Virtual Office, and Premier Business Centers have offices available all over the country ready and waiting for you to arrive. If you travel, this is an ideal solution for meeting conference (and appearance) needs for prospective and existing clients. You can also do a web search for “flexible office space” and see what comes up in your area. These types of office spaces are less cost-effective than other solutions, but might be the right choice if you need services like a receptionist and a more corporate feel than a coworking space could provide. One final strategy is to search your local Craigslist for other people seeking flexible office space arrangements. You can also perform searches in cities you’re traveling to for potential work “crash pads” that will meet your needs for the duration of your stay.

Get Virtual

Are you dead set on staying at home? Fine. Be that way. Why not connect with fellow professionals over Skype or another messaging tool. Keep one another on-task and have some much-needed relief in your work day. Skype is also great for screen sharing and getting another set of eyes on a project. We can’t think of a better technology to keep remote teams working in sync, either. Who said offices had to be physical destinations?

Megan Paladino

Megan Paladino

My name is Megan Paladino and I joined PaySimple as a marketing manager in 2012. I love wearing many hats and our lean, mean marketing team allows me to do just that. When I’m not in the office, I’m busy searching for new happy hours around Denver and tending (urban) farm.

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  • Megan,
    As a co-founder of PivotDesk and now Founder of EcoSpace, this is such an awesome and important blog! Tenants, both startups and established, have SO many more options than five years ago. The Denver coworking and shared space community is thriving! Even if you need a 3-5 year lease for your HQ’s, there are plenty of efficient options for those workers who work remotely or are on the road the majority of the time! Thanks again for highlighting such an important topic! Jason