Remote workers in Vermont can have it all – they can keep their jobs, or find new ones anywhere in the world, and still enjoy the things that set life in Vermont apart, such as access to world-class outdoor recreation, a strong community, excellent education, and beautiful views.
Coworking spaces offer remote working infrastructure and a balance between working alone at home and full-time in-office work that puts a move to Vermont within reach for many.
Burlington, Vermont is ranked the 4th Best Cities for Remote Workers in 2021, according to Forbes, and more than 36 million Americans are predicted to work from home by 2025 – almost a quarter of the U.S. workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this shift away from office spaces, along with the state of Vermont’s New Remote Worker Grant, allocating a maximum of $7,500 to professionals who work primarily remotely and are relocating to Vermont. So far, 298 workers and their families have benefited from the program.
These factors are bringing people with diverse career backgrounds into Vermont to set up shop at home – or in one of Vermont’s many coworking spaces, which offer remote workers the structure, communal space and distinct working environment of an office while they enjoy the freedom and flexibility of remote work.
“Coworking spaces serve as a convening place and resource for those working remotely in Vermont who may otherwise have limited engagement with their local community,” said Nick Grimley, Director of Entrepreneurship and Tech Commercialization. “They help disaggregated workers feel a sense of community and build connections.
“As community assets, these spaces foster the sharing of valuable skills, talents and connections among members who draw from vast personal experiences and also serve as a sounding board for recommendations on fun spots to recreate, household service providers, or the best brew in town,” Grimley said.
In Vermont, coworking spaces can be found in every region of the state, inviting remote workers to make the most of the opportunity to grow their careers in the Green Mountains. Below are eight coworking spaces in Vermont to consider.
1. VT Innovation Box, 3 Locations in Brattleboro and Bennington
Find a friendly remote desk at three different locations in Southern Vermont. VT Innovation Box offers meeting rooms, private offices, day passes, event spaces, and even places to meet outside. Other services include connections to Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, and web design services.
2. MFK Properties, Rutland
High speed fiber, full time property management, and historic properties are a few of the characteristics of these remote spaces. From single offices to whole-company accommodations, MFK Properties, located in the heart of downtown Rutland just up the road from Killington and Pico, offers the room you need to succeed at work.
3. The Space on Main, Bradford
Located on the Vermont/New Hampshire border, The Space on Main offers more than just coworking; find a maker space, event and gallery space and classrooms here, making it a true community asset. The space brings together people from diverse backgrounds with shared interests and objectives.
4. Randolph Coworker, Randolph
Vermont’s central region is home to Randolph Coworker, along with a host of other coworking spaces. The Coworker leases individual offices, office suites and space for day use, allowing workers and companies to optimize how they balance their working time. Office amenities and appliances are available on-site for convenience.
5. Local 64, Montpelier
Membership at this Montpelier coworking space means a passport to several of the state’s other coworking spaces, so you can work from wherever you need to. Located in the capitol city’s downtown, after hours this space hosts art exhibits, mixers, and game nights.
6. VCET@BTV, Burlington
Almost 11,000 square feet dedicated to working professionals means some serious desk time gets done at Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies’ Burlington location. (It also has branches at the University of Vermont and Middlebury.) Find inspiration and collaboration in the heart of Vermont’s biggest city.
7. Do North Coworking, Lyndonville
Nestled in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Do North Coworking offers professional and creative coworking spaces for networking, brainstorming, and taking care of business. Its partnership with Northern Vermont University means access to a wide variety of opportunities and a talent pipeline.
8. Hula, Burlington
Modern amenities and a beautiful lakeside setting make Hula a great choice for Burlington-bound remote workers. Hula offers different membership styles to suit all needs, from air desks to private offices, and all levels can access conference rooms for larger meetings. The space also includes a mother’s room and bike storage.
Ready to work remotely in Vermont? Find out more about incentives available for new remote workers!