10 Cheapest Coworking Spaces in Toronto

In Toronto and the GTA there are a lot of great cost-effective coworking spaces that include free amenities and flexible rentals, ranging from day passes to hot desks and private offices.

Need a new office but on a tight budget? Coworking is a great option for those looking for more space and privacy, but not quite ready to make a commitment to a permanent address. Perfect for freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups, coworking provides the flexibility to choose what type of rental you want, and for how long.

To help you stretch your budget and find the best options, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 cheapest and best coworking spaces:

1. Shecosystem

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Shecosystem is the most inexpensive coworking space on our list. The downtown space aims to bridge the gap between work and wellness by offering up a place where women can collaborate. With added perks such as a member’s kitchen with free coffee and tea, healing room with massage table, free wellness classes and access to health insurance, Shecosystem lets you get your work done and connects you with a community that supports your holistic well being.

Day Pass: $20, 10-Pack: $15, Unlimited: $200

2. Northspace

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Northspace is one of the best overall coworking spaces on our list, with a wide variety of inexpensive and flexible options available. Two Toronto locations are designed with startups and small businesses in mind, with the goal to foster collaborations and a sense of community by promoting entrepreneurship and diversity. Amenities include 24/7 access, an open pantry with plenty of free and paid food available, an awesome games room and of course, high speed internet and wifi.

Day pass: $20, Hot desk: $180/month, Permanent desk: $290/month, Private office: from $750/month

3. Devhub

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Devhub is Canada’s first coworking space that is also an educational hub. The downtown space is the least expensive day rental and is perfect for developers of all levels. The community of support you’ll find here promotes growth through mentorship and collaboration. Unlike other coworking spaces, Devhub’s focus is not on startups or entrepreneurs – it’s a space for members to learn, code, teach, engage, connect and be challenged. Amenities include device labs, white boards, quiet working areas, standing desks, and hack nights. Fido is welcome too, as the space is pet-friendly.

Day pass: $15, Weekly: $70, Communal desk: $300/month, Dedicated desk: $450/month

4. Lab T.O.

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Lab T.O. is a loft-style space located in the Junction that is one of the most inexpensive options for a day rental. The coworking space is targeted to digital professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs, and encourages support across industries, where everyone can learn new skills, share contacts and make connections. At Lab T.O., each space also includes an ergonomic leather chair and desks built locally, making this a comfy and functional space to work and learn.

Day pass: $20, Monthly: $200, Weekly: $80

5. Women on the move

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Women on the Move is designed specifically for women and those who identify as women. This cheapest hot desk Roncy spot is a safe place for women to thrive and is perfect for shepreneurs in early stages, across all industries. What better place to empower the she economy than a coworking space designed for women by women? Members can take advantage of free coffee and tea, a guru help desk, professional network, free workshops, as well as professional and social events.

Hot desk: $125/month, Networking membership only: $50/month, Host your own workshop: $100/month

6. Venture X

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Venture X in Mississauga is one of the cheapest options for a hot desk, and is a coworking space that has a boutique hotel vibe. Wide open spaces fill this spot, which includes a diverse and growing community of entrepreneurs, tech startups, consultants, marketing teams, financial advisors, realtors and lawyers. High-tech meeting rooms, super fast internet, 24/7 keycard access, and dedicated hospitality staff round out some of the great amenities.

Hot desk: $195/month, Day pass: $25/month, Dedicated desk: $400/month, Private office: $650/month

7. Makeworks

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Makeworks is a College West coworking studio that has one of the lowest prices for a hot desk. An on-site laser cutter makes this space totally unique, where members work alongside a diverse community of creative professionals, in the areas of app design and ceramics just to name a few. Awesome amenities like free wifi, 24/7 access, weekly drinks and demo nights, discounted access to prototyping and special pricing for all BrainStation courses and workshops truly make this space a creators dream.

Hot desk: $200/month, Dedicated desk: $350/month

8. The Village Hive

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The Village Hive gets its name from its location – the beautiful Olde School House in Markham Village. This space is one of the cheapest options for a dedicated desk, and is a community coworking and wellness centre all rolled into one, with a variety of workshops, classes and networking sessions available to members. The Village Hive is a great alternative to more traditional office spaces, and offers free parking, a shared kitchen with fridge and microwave, internet and wifi, charging stations, coffee, tea and healthy snacks.

Dedicated desk: $300/month, Drop in: $25/day, 4-pack: $75/month, 12-pack: $185/month

9. Workplace One

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Workplace One is located in the historic Breithaput Block in Kitchener-Waterloo, with 3 other locations in Toronto. The central location is right in the middle of the city’s influential tech hub, making it a great option for entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers and businesses on the move. One of the best priced options for a dedicated desk space, amenities include 24 hour office access, wifi, printing, copy and fax, community kitchens, A/V equipment and phone/IT plans.

Dedicated desk: $350/month, Private office: $495/month, Coworking membership: $25/day – $185/month

10. District 28

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District 28 is located in trendy Leslieville and is consistently rated one of Toronto’s best coworking spaces. The cost-effective option for a dedicated desk, offers something most coworking spaces don’t: member access to 3 studios on site, perfect for adding multimedia content to your brand’s Instagram page, or for creating a commercial. The space attracts motivated and passionate creative individuals, with the flexibility to accommodate small to medium sized teams. Amazing amenities include 24/7 access, parking, exclusive invites, a business mailing address, bar/restaurant on site, discounted rates, private screening room and edit suites.

Dedicated desk: $350/month, Hot desk: $195/month, Studio: $200/month, Private office: $1,100/month

*This article was written for Strike Design Studio, and appeared on CoworkerBee

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Beyond Four Walls: A Look Inside Coworking

The traditional four-wall office is losing its cool, as entrepreneurs and solopreneurs alike are turning to coworking spaces to feed their need for creativity and grow their business. 

Coworking is another word for shared office space. A space where freelancers and small businesses come together in one facility to pool resources and build communities. With many industries leaning more towards contract work and freelancing, this has left many employees office-less, opting instead to work from home (and let’s be honest, probably in pyjamas).

Our goal is to help these freelancers, entrepreneurs, and startups find their desk or corner office and more importantly to grow, both as professionals and as a company. We can help you find coworking environments for creativity, focus, and community. We believe coworking is more than just a place to work the typical nine to five, it’s a movement to make a life and not just a living.

Who is it for?

Coworking is great for small businesses, freelancers and startups who need more privacy than a coffee shop, or a larger network than your home office. Coworking is appropriate for freelancers in photography and videography, graphic designers, marketers, developers, legal professionals, consultants, data analysts and journalists. Small teams and startups who need a space to grow into can start with a temporary desk and move into their own corner office without changing their wifi connection. Coworking will push you, and your team’s, productivity to the next level.

How does it work?

Depending on where you decide to work, there are many different types of coworking spaces, ranging from a virtual address, to a shared desk or private office. Rentals are flexible, making it perfect for teams that need space to grow, but aren’t sure where they will be in 6 or 12 months. Each rental also includes an office address and use of amenities, like boardroom rentals, wifi, coffee and printing, making it a great cost-effective option that will expand the professional services your business can offer.

How to choose?

Take a look at our explore page to find coworking spaces near you. No matter what coworking option you choose, there is something for everyone.  Each space offers their own unique benefits, and you should arrange for a tour at a few different coworking spaces. Ask the right questions: What area of the city do I want to be in? How much space do I really need? What is my budget? What type of professional services am I looking for? What type of environment and community will help motivate me?

*This article was written for Strike Design Studio, and appeared on CoworkerBee

Craft beer market giving big name brands a run for their money

Beer, especially in summer, is a nice drink to enjoy with friends and family; after a long day, nothing is better than relaxing with a cold beer. Now, with the beer market growing at such a rapid rate, the options are endless. One such drink growing in popularity are craft brews. Bigger companies are entering the craft beer market in an effort to stay relevant and attract customers that prefer smaller-batch brews, and local pubs are now affiliating themselves with both craft beers and regular, domestic national beers to appeal to the masses.

According to the Brewers Association, in 2016, the US craft beer industry added 1.4 million barrels to its production volume, growing the segment by 6%, despite losing 1.2 million barrels to ‘big beer’ producers that have taken hold of the craft beer market. Globally, bigger companies, like Molson Coors, are branching out by expanding their portfolio of alcoholic options to include craft and flavoured beers. Besides producing unique craft beers with interesting flavours, like cherry and pumpkin, the bigger brands are also importing international microbrewery options from places like the UK, into Canada, to compete in the market. A strong craft portfolio is also built by acquiring local brews, such as Half Pints Brewing Co from Winnipeg, and Granville Island Brewing from Vancouver, both of which are now owned by Molson Coors.

But with so many options available, you might think that there isn’t room for more. More specifically, smaller breweries think they can’t compete in the bigger market, but this is where they’re wrong. More and more, people are enjoying local craft beer made in-house, in small batches. It is a growing market for businesses big and small; there is room for everyone. Although the big breweries and their recognizable brands aren’t going anywhere, it is just nature the industry that beer should always remain interesting, relevant and contemporary.

In order to stay relevant, it is important for any company to reinvent themselves, and this extends to the types of products you sell and manufacture, which is where Cemcorp can help. We specialize in complete plant designs, from brewpubs to microbreweries, and large commercial breweries. Starting off, we can help with feasibility – is it feasible to innovate your processes to include more craft beer options? If the answer is yes, Cemcorp can help with everything from grain receiving and milling, to brewhouses, refrigeration, filtration, commissioning, start-up and operator training.

This article originally appeared on Cemcorp, a client of Karrots Inc.

2016-2017 Projects in The Food Processing Industry

On many projects, we work together with professional consultants, engineers, manufacturers, contractors and financers to get the job done. Our scope of work includes single process performance requirements, to detailed equipment specifications and drawings, for their capital projects. Whatever our clients’ needs are, we strive to best satisfy them with current technology and resources.

Recently, one of our clients came to us for help with three of their processing plants in Ontario. Check out what we did

1. Warehouse Renovation 
Before this big undertaking took place, our team completed an in-depth analysis of their requirements to determine how their warehouse should be renovated. Top of mind was determining ways in which the cooling system and racking could be optimized. Since we are full service consultants, we took care of obtaining all of the required permits and provided project management and construction management services.

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2. HVAC Installation
For this particular processing plant, we worked with Installcorp Ltd. on the HVAC installation and upgrade. In order for the plant to become more energy efficient, the HVAC system needed to be upgraded. In a processing plant, an HVAC system can account for as much as 35% of the overall energy use. So replacing it with a system that can work to improve and maintain the efficiency of the plant overall is very cost-effective. With proper installation, this plant’s upgrade was completed with little to no interference to valuable production time.

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The photo above was taken on April 10, 2017 during final testing and commissioning of the HVAC.

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3. Waste Water Treatment System
Our client required both engineering and project management for their wastewater treatment system. For this processing plant, we worked alongside another company in the managing and construction of the project. Construction is now complete, and the wastewater is treated with minimal environmental issues.

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Working with many different companies in a wide range of industries, we strive for excellence with associates who have specialized skills that will easily fit with your goals and objectives. From consulting, to project management, installations, energy efficiency and training, we have got you covered. Get in touch for more information, and to start your next project, today.

This article originally appeared on Cemcorp, a client of Karrots Inc.

Setting the Standards for Training and Development

At Cemcorp Ltd., we know that you are busy, and the last thing you want to worry about is training employees on new procedures and regulations that even you may not be familiar with. We can help. We work with start-ups in many different areas of business to provide not only training services, but also development – putting ideas into action.

Our focus is helping businesses meet the requirements of new regulations, and provide the training necessary to meet those regulations. Don’t think you can benefit because your business is small? Think again. We deliver customized training depending on business needs and size. We also offer both a general and detailed option that can be held on site at your company, to specifically address your company’s issues and challenges; we help you obtain the knowledge and skills you require at a price that suits your budget. We can train one single employee, or a Cemcorp senior specialist can facilitate a workshop for a group of employees. Let’s take a closer look at the many options available:

training31. Start-up support – start-ups are a unique type of business, because they require a lot of support as they enter the marketplace. We specialize in helping microbrewers and small distilleries bring their product to market. Our training and support gives start-ups the power to do it themselves, and the tools to create and navigate through their own microbrewery or distillery.

2. Regulations – regulations are always being changed and modified, which is why it’s important to consult with experts in the field who can help you navigate the process. We can help you meet the requirements to keep your business practices up to date.

3. Certification – hire us proactively, to obtain the certifications you require. If you are required to obtain a certificate of approval from TSSA or the ASME, we can help.

4. Installation – we also provide support and training for the installation and operation of new equipment. This extends to all aspects of your business, and will ensure there is no interruption in production or manufacturing.

Don’t see what you need above? We also offer a la carte services, which allow you to determine what you need in terms of service. And since we know support might be needed after the training is complete, we also offer ongoing development of your key personnel. Leverage the Cemcorp advantage today.

This article originally appeared on Cemcorp, a client of Karrots Inc.

Can What you Post on Social Media Be Used Against You?

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In a child custody case, the answer is yes, everything you post online and make available, can be proven useful in family law cases. You should never assume that just because your profile is private, incriminating vacation selfies or negative posts can’t be used against you. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, constantly invite us to share photos, opinions and feelings with our networking groups. This proves particularly complicated when embroiled in a child custody or divorce case, where social media content can be used to discredit a person’s character.

In some situations, judges have found a party’s social media postings to be admissible as evidence, provided the material is relevant. In the 2013 Ontario case, MBAY v JY, comments made by the father on Facebook were allowed, after he disparaged the mother, and made a false allegation of abuse. The court found the father’s postings to be a “smear campaign” against the mother. Ultimately, the father’s actions backfired, and just made him appear worse in the eyes of the court.

In other situations where a person claims their income and means is too low to provide support, Facebook can speak volumes to what their situation actually is. Posting photos of expensive purchases or extravagant nights out will certainly contradict previous statements and move to credibility. For a long time, emails and text messages have been accepted as permissible evidence, so it only makes sense that social media has come next.

To protect yourself, follow some simple Do’s and Don’ts:

1. Nothing is ever truly 100% private; you never know what may be called upon as evidence.
2. Do not make any mention of your family law case on social media.
3. Do not attempt to make your spouse look bad by posting negative comments anywhere online. Encourage your family to do the same.
4. Take a step back, and wait 24 hours before responding to your former spouse. This includes text messages, emails and phone calls. Always keep things calm and peaceful.
5. If you see something on your spouse’s social media that you find disturbing or contradictory, inform your lawyer right away.
6. If you have posted something online that you think could be used against you, let your lawyer know immediately.

At Mazzeo Law, we understand the decision to separate or divorce can be difficult, especially when children are involved. We have extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of Family Law, and can help you work through complex legal issues. Consultations are free, so give us a call, and we will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone involved.

This article originally appeared on Mazzeo Law, a client of Karrots Inc.

10 Steps to the Perfect At-Home Manicure

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Whether you want to save money or are just too busy to go to the nail salon, there’s a lot you can do at home to perfect the mani.ped_man07

Get salon-quality results at-home by following these ten easy steps:

  1. Remove any nail polish.
  2. Soak nails in warm water for about five minutes then dab dry.
  3. Exfoliate hands with a scrub to get rid of dead skin.
  4. Use a nail buffer to buff the top of the nail.
  5. Massage cuticle oil into each nail.
  6. Push cuticles back.
  7. File (in one direction) each nail down to the optimal length.
  8. Apply a base coat.
  9. Choose your polish and apply at least two coats.
  10. Apply a top coat.

Beauty Trends for Fall

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year – the leaves are changing, the weather gets colder and it’s the perfect time to experiment with hair, beauty and makeup.

Makeup

  1. Dramatic eyes

Eyeliner once met neatly lining your lids in black, but for fall, the trend is lines that are not too neat. Everything from winged to double-winged will be making an appearance.

  1. Red hot lips

Seen everywhere on the runways this upcoming season, red is the colour. And better yet, red doesn’t mean that fire engine red like it once did. It now consists of varying shades and intensities.

  1. Blushed cold

Cold weather means that our skin will be getting paler but also that our cheeks will be getting pinker. But since skin tends to return to normal once you’re inside, the next big trend will be adding a touch of blush to make it look deliberate – like you have just come in from the cold, but all the time.

  1. Rock god

To help bring you into winter, colours of metal, including silver, gold and bronze are what you need to be seen in. These colours work best on eyelids or even added with a touch of glue and glitter around the eyes.

Hair

  1. Natural roots

Girls, skip the frequent trips to the hair salon and let your natural colour shine through. This fall sees the return of natural roots. Stars like January Jones and Jennifer Lawrence might present with blonde hair, but their natural darker colour has been presenting itself as of late.

  1. Bronde

Rather than the more traditional ombre hair colour, a hot trend for fall is bronde, which blends light brown with caramel and buttery shades. Rather than decide if you’re on team blonde or team brunette, enjoy standing somewhere in the middle.

  1. Dark highlights

As we mentioned above, ombre has been all the rage, but for fall, the new trend is warming up near-black hair with brown highlights scattered along the lower half, much like the more traditional ombre.

  1. Braids

Since fall is all about being cozy, perfecting the braid is the best way to achieve this. Fall is also the time that we can reminisce about back to school days, but gone are the pigtail days, and in come more intricate styles, such as crown braids and side ponytails.

10 Hair Care Secrets That Will Change Your Life

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Every woman knows that when your hair looks good you feel good. We’ve rounded up some hair care secrets that we’re willing to share.

  1. Dandruff: use a medicated shampoo once a week and try a cleansing shampoo in between.
  2. Avoid washing your hair everyday: don’t dry out your hair, and instead opt for every other day. If you’re still greasy, try rinsing with just cold water.
  3. Change up your shampoo: add some excitement to your life by alternating between a couple of different shampoos.
  4. Try vinegar, it works: after you’ve shampooed and conditioned, rinse with vinegar to add shine and softness.
  5. Go old school with olive or coconut oil: start at the ends and move up to the roots to leave hair feeling soft, silky and nourished.
  6. Lay off the hot tools: don’t burn out your hair, and when you do, use the lowest heat setting possible.
  7. Revive curls with dry shampoo, which adds plenty of volume.
  8. Go for natural bristles: natural is the way to go, and is less damaging for the hair.
  9. Cold water is actually good for you: fight frizz with a shot of cool water after conditioning to seal hair cuticles.
  10. Create a DIY highlight enhancer

Source: PopXO

20 Ways to Use Coconut Oil on your Skin

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Coconut doesn’t just taste yummy, it also yummy goodness for your skin. Coconut oil is easy to find almost anywhere and is loaded with good fats that are great for cooking, but did you also know that you can reap the benefits for your skin?

Get radiant skin now with coconut oil:

  1. Body butter – use a combination of shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and essential oils to make the perfect body butter.
  2. Body scrub – mix coconut oil with brown sugar or white sugar.
  3. Body oil – rub coconut oil in hands to warm it up and use it in lieu of body lotion.
  4. Cold sore treatment – dab coconut oil on cold sores to speed up healing time.
  5. Cuticle oil – rub the oil into cuticles to loosen them up pre-manicure.
  6. Detox bath – mix ¼ cup of Epsom salts with ¼ cup of coconut oil into a hot bath for instant relaxation.
  7. Diaper rash guard – use a tablespoon over affected areas for instant improvement.
  8. Dry hands – coconut oil can be applied directly to dry hands as a great remedy.
  9. Face wash – clean your face with coconut oil for smoother, softer skin.
  10. Deodorant – mix ½ cup of coconut oil with ½ cup baking soda and 40-60 drops essential oils that will harden into an all-natural alternative to store-bought.
  11. Insect repellent – mix 8 ounces of coconut oil with 40-50 drops of essential oils to fight off bugs.
  12. Lip balm – mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon beeswax, 2 teaspoons of shea butter, with essential oils like lavender and mint for the best lip balm ever.
  13. Makeup remover – coconut oil is non-irritating and will give extra hydration to the sensitive area around the eyes.
  14. Massage oil – combine coconut oil with your favourite essential oils to rub on sore muscles.
  15. Night cream – simply rub coconut oil directly on your face before bed, or if you’re prone to acne or have oily skin, mix coconut oil with your normal moisturizer for extra hydration.
  16. Scalp moisture – using coconut oil on your scalp will keep it moisturized and looking shiny.
  17. Shaving gel – get a close, smooth shave with coconut oil, which can also prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
  18. Skin conditions – treat eczema and psoriasis with coconut oil, with has many anti-inflammatory properties.
  19. Stretch marks – using coconut oil can help reduce stretch marks while keeping skin moisturized after weight gain/loss or pregnancy.
  20. Sunburn relief – coconut oil can help soothe inflamed skin, reduce redness and rehydrate.

Source: Dr. Axe