Self-Employed Workers

Brendan – Owner of, a website design company for lawyers

Many people assume coworking in Ann Arbor is all tech startups, but that’s far from the case. Many Workantile members are established business-owners and freelancers who work in diverse fields, including software development, writing, law, education, and website design.

A variety of factors bring self-employed workers to Workantile. Some find working from home to be too fraught with distractions. Others miss being part of an office community — even if they don’t miss all the office politics.

Sarah – Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author

Sometimes the reason is having daily contact with a broader community and professionals outside your own profession. Many of us are just too stressed out by the modern overlap between our “home” and “work” spaces. The reasons vary among individuals, but in every case our primary mission is to serve each others’ social and community needs.

Unlike a private office, a “desk rental,” or Ann Arbor’s many business incubators, Workantile is not simply a physical space, furniture, or a resource to grow a new venture. We’re not just here to decrease the financial risk of setting up an office and work space; we’re here to protect each other from the business and personal risks of social isolation.

More Than Just Space

Drew – Attorney who practices mostly complex litigation and class action law

Membership at Workantile means more than just access to our shared workspace. It means becoming a part of our community. Members organize regular social events like social lunches, happy hours, game nights, movie viewings, potlucks, summer picnics, and holiday parties. By welcoming members who see the value in this sort of community, Workantile helps build both a business support network and a social community.

If this sounds like the right thing for you, schedule a tour and try us out free for a day. We’d love to meet you.