If you’re one of the growing number of young professionals (YPs) that has decided to forge your own path rather than stick to the 9 to 5 routine, you probably do most of your work from home – or in a coffee shop.
But if you really want to impress a new client, it’s probably best not to conduct meetings in your home office next to your dirty laundry while your dog barks for attention and your dishes sit in the sink nearby.
A much better solution is to set yourself up in one of Toronto’s best co-working spaces. Here are the ones we are most impressed by:
Centre for Social Innovation
CSI is fantastic place to bring your organization, with three different locations around the city – the Annex, Spadina and Regent Park – and even an office in NYC for when you travel. A membership costs from $75 a month up to $880 a month (for a private office), and includes Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, 24/7 access, event spaces, lounges, photocopy and fax machine, community kitchens, audio visual equipment, and mailbox access.
Founded by Derreck Martin and Samuel Martin, the boutique East Room is aptly located on the east end of the city and offers members two distinct types of memberships: the club membership offers access to the work lounge for $250 monthly, while the resident membership provides a semi-private workspace for $500 monthly. Both include 24/7 access, internet, conference and meeting areas, a kitchen and lounge, professional workshops, and an overall creatively oriented space.
Located at Bloor and Dundas, Camaraderie offers tiered memberships for full-time ($375), part-time ($225), five days a month ($100), or day pass access ($25). Best of all, though, a membership grants you eligibility for COHIP health benefits, and the co-working visa for when you travel.
Located at Bathurst and Dundas, the Foundery brands itself as a home for the intersection between art, design, technology and entrepreneurship. Independent startups can get access to the space from $190 a month for a part time co-working membership, up to $790 a month for a private office.
For those in the more hands-on creative industries, MakeWorks is the perfect co-working space. Located at College and Dufferin, members get access to the hot desks, Wi-Fi, boardroom, and event space. Members here also receive the added benefit of cheap access to the electronics and prototyping lab, laser cutter, and ceramics studio. Oh, and if you’re new to the maker world, they offer members free classes on 3D printing, laser cutting, wood working and linocutting. Awesome.
With three locations – King East, King West and Queen West – Workplace One offers a boutique office experience with all the amenities you’d expect from a co-working space. With memberships ranging from $225 to $525 a month depending on your needs, its stylish interiors are much more conducive to impressing that client than your local Starbucks will. Quieter too.
Cover from: Workplace One