I travel frequently for story assignments. When I do, I have a hard time finding good places to work. Holing up in a hotel room is dull, and coffee shops tend to be noisy and ill suited for meetings. So when I read about a new crop of websites designed to help you find a temporary workspace, I was eager to give one a whirl.
I researched a handful of options, including LooseCubes and OpenDesks, before choosing LiquidSpace, which seemed to have the most features, including a mobile app. The free service launched this spring and is available in about a dozen cities nationwide, including San Francisco, Boston, and Miami.
One morning, during a recent reporting trip to San Francisco, I ventured into the SoMa district without a specific plan about where to work. I fired up the LiquidSpace app on my iPhone and began looking for a spot, filtering my search by location, arrival time, and length of stay (options range from one hour to one year). Within seconds, the app suggested a few nearby options that filled the bill. After browsing the listings, which included photos and information about prices, amenities, and locations, I chose NextSpace, a co-working facility a few blocks away that charged $20 for a day pass. I booked and paid for the space right on the app, which supplied a map and directions. So far, I was impressed.
Read more about LiquidSpace on Inc.com.