As a freelancer or startup founder, you should consider the advantages of coworking when you decide where to invest your time. Working at home or taking your laptop to a coffee shop or the library might sound like a dream, but it can also be challenging and frustrating. The other solution would be renting a long-term office space which results in high costs and lack of flexibility. That’s where coworking comes in!

A coworking space is a place where you can go on a daily basis, sit down at a desk or table, and enjoy a good internet connection, coffee, a kitchen, and the company of like-minded people. Those spaces are now becoming more common around the world. As the coworking trend grows, more types of spaces are being developed. So, you should visit the spaces in your area to get the best fit.

This year, two coworking spaces have surfaced in Hillsboro!

Four Forty Six

Four Forty Six is the first coworking space in Downtown Hillsboro. Founder Tawny Schlieski has renovated the 1913 farmhouse at 446 Southeast Washington Street, inspiring a community of independent artists and entrepreneurs to work together in the shared space. Within a block of the Third Avenue Max Station, Four Forty Six is ideal for commuters from Beaverton and Portland.

Four Forty Six coworking facility

Four Forty Six coworking facility in Downtown Hillsboro

Membership is month-to-month and includes:

  • meeting spaces
  • 24×7 secure access
  • high speed internet
  • package service
  • off-street parking

“This is a great place to work right on the Max line in downtown Hillsboro. There are several different rooms and spaces to choose from, plus a really nice outdoor space both in the front and the back. I especially appreciated the sit/stand desks and excellent WiFi. Plus, we brought back amazing nearby tacos for lunch.” ~ Sue Faulkner

“Great coffee, nice natural light, quiet space, and friendly people hanging around. Great WiFi connection (I was doing some audio/video work). Close walk to Downtown Hillsboro food, though the shared refrigerator works great for those of us who bring our own. A cozy coworking space that doesn’t feel corporate but with all the amenities of a corporate environment.” ~ Ken Anderson

HillHub

HillHub, the newest coworking space on the west side, is located at 5193 NE Elam Young Parkway in Hillsboro, just two blocks from the Hawthorn Farm Max Station. HillHub was created by the Hillsboro Chamber to provide affordable office space for entrepreneurs and start-up teams in the area.

The 2017 City of Hillsboro Civic Leadership Academy identified the need for an entrepreneurial incubator space in their report to City Council in November of 2017. The Chamber took the report findings and tasked the Small Business Entrepreneurs Council in identifying opportunity for a coworking space and bring it to fruition.

HillHub coworking faciltiy

HillHub coworking facility on NE Elam Young Parkway

Sara Zwicker, who recently relocated to Oregon, is the Community Director of HillHub. Sara has experience developing and managing cowork spaces in the Austin market and is excited to be part of the new space in Hillsboro.

The HillHub community will provide programming, mentorship opportunities, and special events as additional member benefits. HillHub encompasses 3,500 square feet and offers 24/7 access to members. Membership options include:

  • virtual offices
  • community tables
  • private desks
  • cube spaces
  • private offices
  • private conference room that seats 10

“HillHub provides an excellent environment to construct and implement ideas. The resources and coordination led by Sara will help foster the growing community in Hillsboro. Looking forward to leveraging the coworking space!” ~ José Almora

“I needed a reasonably priced coworking space that was convenient to the Hillsboro Intel campuses for a month. HillHub and Sara delivered all that and more. It was quiet, had an adjustable desk, and plenty of Internet bandwidth.” ~ Rachel Houghton

Oringinal story by Rick Paulson on Focus Hillsboro.

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