How to Set Up Your Own Pop-Up Co-Working Space

Today we have our first guest post from San Sharma. San is a blogger and community manager for WorkSnug, a mobile app and website that helps you find the nearest and best laptop-friendly places near you. San works from home, in coffee shops, coworking spaces – and wherever else he can get a connection! He’s always looking for smarter ways to work and shares his discoveries on the WorkSnug blog at


There are a couple of buzzwords in the title above that’ll either date this post when trends move on or establish it as a shining example of forward-thinking. In any case, I should explain what they are.

“Pop-up” events, shops and restaurants are all the rage at the moment. They usually take place in temporary structures, like London’s Boxpark pop-up mall (made out of shipping containers), or they make use of abandoned spaces, like warehouses and factories (see Supper Club and Secret Cinema).

“Co-working” you may be more familiar with. It’s a style of working that revolves around a shared workplace environment. Unlike a traditional office, co-workers aren’t usually employed by the same organization. As such, it’s popular with freelancers and location-independent professionals who miss the social interaction that’s lacking in a work-from-home arrangement.

As a third space, between traditional and home offices, co-working spots are great. They attract communities of like-minded people with enough professional variety to make sparks and opportunities fly; organizers usually put on events for networking, training and exhibition, and you don’t have to worry about your laptop when you use the bathroom or step outside.

But co-working spaces also work on a membership model (that ain’t cheap), and you’ll eventually get used to seeing the same faces like you would in a regular office, for better or worse.

Recently, I’ve discovered a compromise – and a good opportunity for another buzzword. Let’s call it a “mash-up” of a pop-up event and a co-working space.

What you’ll need

  1. One or two digital-nomad friends – location-independent workers or freelancers.
  2. A laptop or tablet each – or any connected device you can work on.
  3. A laptop-friendly public place – like a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi or…

    A place with good cellular reception
    – you’ll need a MiFi-like device or a Personal Hotspot.
  4. A cup of coffee – it always helps.

If you work from home and know someone else who does too, why not try working together? Similar to co-working spaces, you don’t have to work on the same thing, but it’s sometimes nice to have someone to work alongside. Unlike co-working spaces, however, you’re not locked into one space and one community – you can choose where you work and who you work with.

And, as long as you can get online, you can get creative with your pop-up co-working space!

Have you set up your own pop-up co-working space with a friend? Where’s the most creative place you’ve worked together? Have you been to regular pop-up co-working events, like Jelly? Let us know in the comments.

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