If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer in Charlotte, the flexibility of your job is probably one of your favorite benefits. After all, no one strikes out on their own for the steady sleep schedule and stress-free workload. If your schedule is varied and flexible, you’ll want a workspace to match. This is partly why coworking spaces have become so popular with entrepreneurs, creatives, and independent professionals in Charlotte. They offer a relaxed environment to work in while being surrounded by like-minded people and good vibes. A small office space for rent just doesn’t offer the same benefits. If you’re interesting in coworking, you should know there are plenty of options for you. Coworking spaces usually offer a few tiers of membership: the most common are private office, dedicated desk, and lastly, coworker, or “hot desk” memberships.
A hot desk membership at a coworking space is a great fit for independent professionals who want a low-commitment, low cost option for an office. Hot desk memberships allow you access to any available (not dedicated) desk or work area; you come in each day and find a free spot. They are usually the lowest price tier that a coworking space offers.
The idea of “first come, first served” in a shared office space might conjure up some bad memories. Who hasn’t ended up in the back middle seat on a Southwest flight, or with the last, sad scoop of mac and cheese at a potluck? We shudder at the memories! However, you needn’t worry or have an undue flashback. Coworking spaces usually have plenty of collaborative areas for hot desk coworkers. These can be clusters of desks, couches, bar seating, standing desks, a cafe area…the list goes on. With a hot desk membership, you’ll have options to suit your mood and your to-do list.
What’s Included in a Hot Desk Coworking Membership?
A hot desk membership provides access to the space and places to work. They usually include all the amenities of a dedicated desk or private office membership. WiFi, mail service, parking, access to a kitchen, and use of a conference room should all be included. Coworking spaces usually offer a certain amount of conference room time on the house with memberships. In general, a hot desk membership will come with the lowest amount of hours, with the option to buy more.
Is a Hot Desk Right for Me?
A hot desk membership would work fine for most people, but certain types of professionals are particularly well-suited for it. If you travel often, or prefer to work from home some of the time, then a hot desk membership is definitely the best bang for your buck.
How you work also matters in your choice of membership level. Hot desk memberships will be a good fit for professionals who travel light. If all you need to work well is your laptop (and coffee, of course) then it won’t be a hassle to come in, find an open spot, and get down to business every day. For professionals who require multiple monitors or deal with a lot of paperwork, a dedicated desk or private office membership might be a better fit (no one wants to haul a bunch of binders with them everyday). If you find yourself moving around a lot throughout the day to refresh your energy and creativity, then hot desk coworking membership was positively made for you! Even if you like to hunker down in one spot instead, you can find a favorite area in your coworking space and settle in.
Ready for your Launch Pad?
At The Launch Factory, our hot desk (“Launch Pad”, in TLF parlance) members receive all the amenities of the space with their membership, for a flat fee of $200 a month. This includes mail service, free coffee and tea, snacks, monthly lunches and parties, ultra-secure and high speed WiFi, free parking, and more. Now through January 31st receive a FREE month of coworking when you sign up for a year! Give us a call, or come by for a tour to check out our beautiful space and even better community.