Coworking is booming in the region as Common Desk expands to meet demand

The workplace is changing, more and more people find themselves with the freedom of working from home, or in some other way untethered from the confines of a traditional “office.”

Self employed, remote workers, remote offices, or even the tinkerer that wants to be surrounded by the energy of people on the same journey.

Dallas/Fort Worth is home to dozens of co-working spaces, hoping to provide a comfortable space for these newly liberated workers. The advantages are many, and varied. Some have a close knit family feel, some free coffee and beer, and others have a specific angle (like IoT or healthcare).

One of those spaces, and one of the oldest, is Common Desk in Deep Ellum. Nick Clark and his team have done something incredibly difficult, come to find out. They’re one of two facilities with a waiting list – the other is North Dallas Coworking in, well, North Dallas.

Last year, Common Desk expanded to Oak Cliff, and against the odds was able to replicate much of the success of the original location. If you ask people that choose to cowork at Common Desk, they’ll tell you it’s the community.

They’ve taken an original approach to growth. For example, there was an initiative to provide WIFI to select coffee shops in exchange for a Common Desk powered sign in screen. It was a smart move – the people connecting to WIFI in a coffee shop are the top of the funnel for coworking.

Today, Nick and the team at Common Desk announced that they’re expanding once again, this time to Plano and Fort Worth.

The Plano expansion features a 27,000 square foot deal with Granite Properties at Granite V, which is located at SH121 and Dallas North Tollway. “We are opening our largest location to date in Granite Park because of the accessibility, walkability, and visibility that Granite Park provides. We are confident that Plano is more than ready for their first coworking concept.” says Nick Clark in a press release.

The Fort Worth location will occupy approximately 13,000 square feet, in the West 7th district. Expansion is the game in the original Deep Ellum location, and will feature an outdoor patio and conference room, a relaxation room, showers, and additional dedicated offices.

Coworking is booming in the region. The DEC (headquartered in the West End), operates the Treehouse in Addison, and Stoke, a 9,216-square-foot co-working space in Denton. WeWork has moved into the area, and the old name in the game, Regus, has opened Spaces in Uptown.

For more on local coworking, Launch DFW has a regional map.

  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life’s work.

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