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Work Remotely: These coworking spaces make it easy to say goodbye to your cubicle

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Join us in the first of a four-part series mapping out what makes Gaston County such a great place for remote work. Here, we are taking a look at three innovative coworking spaces in Gaston County that will help you level up your productivity.

Around the county we have seen an exceptional level of resiliency as businesses find solutions during this uncertain time. COVID-19 has allowed employers to think outside the cubicle with their workspaces as a large portion of the workforce has made the switch to remote work. It is likely that remote working is here to stay with 59% of workers admitting they would prefer to work remotely and 74% believing that this has become the new normal.

The change is even beginning to factor into moving decisions with remote workers realizing they can move outside of the town or city their company is located. In fact, a recent poll by Pew Research found that one-in-five U.S. adults changed their residence due to the pandemic or know someone who did.

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Gaston County, with its proximity to the airport, growing infrastructure, and fantastic quality of life is well-positioned to support this new, agile workforce. Entrepreneurial and remote work doesn’t always happen in a home office or garage, despite what the stereotype may suggest. Sometimes there is a need for a professional meeting space, office amenities, or a creative, collaborative atmosphere that can’t happen at the dining room table.

When all you require an internet connection and a great latte, one of Gaston’s amazing coffee shops will do just fine. When something more is needed, coworking spaces are the way to go. With beautiful interiors, networking opportunities, fully stocked cafés, and endless coffee (and sometimes beer and wine!), these spaces are meeting the needs of Gaston’s growing creative entrepreneurial, and remote workforce.

Y3 Work-Bar

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365 N. New Hope Rd., Suite 6, Gastonia

Monday-Friday, by appointment

Across the road from Eastridge Mall, Y3 Work-Bar is a short drive to Sprouts Café for one of their fluffy biscuit breakfast sandwiches, amazing grilled cheeses, or homemade baked goods. Y3 Work-Bar has multiple rooms available by the hour or day, each designed for a different type of work experience. The Lounge and The Living Room offer a great space for relaxed, creative sessions. Other rooms, like the Blue Mac, The Hashtag, and The Gradient are ready for business, all starting as low as $7 an hour. There’s even a media studio for YouTube or Podcast production. Dedicated desks and offices are also available. Each plan includes access to a fully stocked café with gourmet coffee and high-speed internet access.

Y3 Work-Bar is committed to the health and safety of their members and staff. Additionally, they continue to monitor local regulation, and adapt local policies and practices as necessary.

Cost: Hourly and daily plans available. Monthly plans start at $99.

TechWorks Gaston

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52A Ervin St., Belmont

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

TechWorks Gaston is just a few steps from Belmont’s charming Main Street. Try Mugshots for a fine pour-over coffee or The String Bean when a tasty, plant-based lunch is required. Housed in a historic brick building dating back to Gaston’s textile days, TechWorks is a tech hub and learning center that serves students, entrepreneurs, and tech startups alike.

Along with networking and educational opportunities, TechWorks offers dedicated desks, small and large offices, and event space rental. Every plan comes with gigabit fiber and wifi connectivity, an outdoor workspace, and access to a modern café that’s fully stocked with coffee, wine, and beer.

They are dedicated to the safety of their members by offering a safe environment that easily allows for social distancing, provides PPE, has garage doors that can be open for fresh air circulation, and will accommodate any special needs that you have.

Costs: Plans range from $250 for a dedicated desk to $1,500 for a large office with windows

COWORK on Main

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219 W. Main Ave, Gastonia

COWORK on Main is right in the heart of Gastonia’s booming downtown. Java House Café serves hearty breakfast sandwiches and homemade beignets nearby. Spindle City Café is the spot for a quick, healthy lunch while Webb Custom Kitchen is a good option when you need to impress a client.

The recently renovated space offers executive offices, lobby, bar, and a kitchen. COWORK on Main puts a premium on networking, fostering connections that will help you build your business.

Cost: Plans start at $550/month

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