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The Coworking Visa Project

coworkingvisaMost coworking spaces have some kind of fee structure in place to meet the diverse needs of wandering workers (and to pay the rent). These fees can include hourly or daily rates, monthly rental of premium space, or one-time rental of space for meetings and events. Whether you’re a regular or occasional coworker, I have good news for you.

The Coworking Visa project, a community-based effort, is essentially an exchange program. If you’re a member of one participating coworking center, you can work at another participating coworking center without having to pay the fees. Most centers ask that you notify them in advance and provide proof that you’re a member of a participating center. Many, however, are always free for drop-ins.

Currently, there are 22 participating centers in 10 states and six countries. New Work City (New York) and La Cantine (Paris), which I covered recently, as well as CubeSpace (Portland, Ore.), which Dawn Foster wrote about, are participants in the project.

The terms vary from from one coworking center to another. The Coworking Wiki (a great resource for all things coworking) has the details on participants in the program.

It becomes clearer every day that web working and coworking are the future. We are entering a period where we can all help shape society in a pretty major way. So please do your part and pass the word about this great program to coworking centers near you. Don’t know of any? On the home page of the Coworking Wiki you’ll find links to centers from all over the world: you could start there!

Have you used the Coworking Visa?

12 Responses to “The Coworking Visa Project”

  1. I was thinking… looking at the coworking visa listings at the wiki, we all seem to have a need for validating the coworkers membership as part of the visa system.

    IMHO it should be very simple to create a shared database on say that contains the part of the member data necesary to validate membership. coworking space, name, email, membership status should be enough.

    If we can make it very simple to maintain (as simple as having the space managers sending a twitter or email message to the system to create, update or delete a member) then we have all have one reference point. Having worldwide members in one place will give us also some great opportunities in future..

    What do you think?

    Dave Ruzius

  2. We’re a part of the Coworking Visa at Office Nomads in Seattle along with five of our awesome Washington neighbors. If anyone is ever in town looking for a space, feel free to drop in and say hey. Even if you’re not in the Visa program, the first day at ON is always free and anyway, we’re always hip to new people coming in and adding some extra spice to our community.

  3. We’re participants as well at IndyHall ( in Philadelphia. We’ve had coworkers visit from all over the world, and communicate with coworking communities as much as we can to encourage this kind of activity.

    Besides the savings on cash, the other benefit to being a “transfer coworker” is the amazing community dynamic; our members LOVE meeting members from other coworking spaces, and sharing stories and ideas. This is the BEST part about visiting other coworking spaces!

    As a co-founder of the space, one of my favorite things about being involved in coworking is visiting other spaces when I travel, and the Visa program not only makes it simple, it encourages it!