Editor’s Note: As of Summer 2016, this co-working space is closed.
Two weeks ago I had a work presentation over in Santa Monica. It started at 11:30am & I knew that I had several writing projects due that day. So after I dropped off my daughter at school, rather than going back home to work on the computer, I headed over to Sherman Oaks to try out WORK. by The Office Stylist, which is a fabulous looking co-working space. That way I could get some writing done for an hour or two & then head on out to my work event on the Westside.
Working out of a shared space or co-working office is ideal because you don’t have the noise & distractions of a coffee shop. Sure you may get wifi, but how professional does it look or sound when you have to take client calls? I remember when I worked for an agency as a virtual assistant. One of my fellow VA’s worked out of a coffee shop in between her college classes. I had to train her on a project that she was taking over for me, so we had several conference calls. I distinctly remember hearing other coffee customers in the background. I honestly don’t know how she could get any work done with that noise in the background. I remember once she had to put me on hold because her laptop was dying & she had to move her stuff so that she could plug it in at another table.
You’ll never encounter those issues at WORK. by The Office Stylist. They have high speed internet access (you’re given the wifi password after you check in) & ample electrical outlets so that you can plug in your laptop. All the conveniences that you need in an office are at WORK – from coffee (a Keurig, no less), water (both bottled & fruit-infused), kitchenette with a fridge if you need to store your lunch & a conference room for your next client meeting.
I don’t know about you but my home office is rather blah. Coffee shops are even blander. At WORK, the offices & work stations are stylish & fun. The purple color palette is highlighted throughout the office space, even with their accessories.
Another fun amenity is this cool photo wall, just in case you want to snap a selfie! The owners of this co-working space often host networking events, so this photo opp wall definitely comes in handy during parties!
This co-working space is conveniently located in Sherman Oaks at the corner of Sepulveda Blvd & Magnolia Blvd. There is ample street parking or you can park in the building’s indoor garage. It costs $1 for every 30 minutes ($7 max per day) & it is cash only. Not a bad deal considering that I’ve paid more when I’ve shopped at The Grove! 😉
The co-working rates vary (from $10-$30 per day) depending on what type of shared space you choose. They have two private offices, single desks & shared desks.
I’ve always wanted to try co-working. I know it’s a big thing in Santa Monica, so I am thrilled that they have something here in the Valley. For me personally, I like the idea of having an office outside of the home. It gives me a place to meet up with a potential client or host a networking event. As someone who spends a lot of time in my car traveling over to the Westside, I like the idea of dropping in for a couple of hours, going to my event & then maybe popping back in for another hour afterwards to catch up on work emails or blogging before having to do school pick-up.
Have you ever tried co-working? What has been your experience?
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I was invited to try out the co-working space for the day, which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.