photo Summer's Google review of Collective Agency Downtown

“I work from the Downtown office, and I highly recommend it as a productive, cozy workplace for freelancers, remote workers, and entrepreneurs.

Collective Agency is a place where you can be very productive, in part because the cozy ambience and ample amenities leave you free to focus on work but also because of the other members. People work hard here and are passionate about what they do, and that can be contagious.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people here. When I worked at home I often felt isolated and lonely. I can honestly say that coworking at Collective Agency has been a boon to my mental health.

I think others should know about about this gem of a community!”

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Summer’s full review:

“I have been a member of Collective Agency for eight months (since August 2018). I work from the Downtown office, and I highly recommend it as a productive, cozy workplace for freelancers, remote workers, and entrepreneurs.

Here are a few reasons why:

Location: I have found the 10th Ave. location to be a real asset. There are food carts right across the street. It is a short walk to Target, Whole Foods, Pioneer Place, and Powell’s if you need to run an errand. Walking to the waterfront makes for a nice break from work.

I’ve had meetings with people in all five(!) quadrants and have easily been able to get to these meeting via public transit from near the office.

Bonus: Need a dentist? This building is chock full of them (I got a filling and was back in the office in less than an hour).

Ambience: Alex, the owner, takes great care to make the Collective Agency offices as comfortable and inviting as possible, using warm lighting, carefully controlled room temperature, art and textiles, etc. He’s constantly making improvements and solicits feedback on these improvements. Plus, the view is beautiful.

Amenities: Pretty much anything you could think of that would make for a productive office is already at Collective Agency. That includes ergonomic chairs, computer monitors, printers, chargers of every variety, a paper cutter, screen cleaner, batteries, first aid kit, and so many other things—seriously, if you need it, it’s probably there.

There’s a great selection of coffee and tea and tons of kitchen supplies. There are lockers to keep your stuff, a nice library of books, and even a telescope. There are small rooms that can be used to take private phone calls or meetings, and larger rooms are also available to reserve in the building if you need them. There’s a shower on the first floor if you want to take an exercise break or bike to work.

People/Community: Collective Agency is a place where you can be very productive, in part because the cozy ambience and ample amenities leave you free to focus on work but also because of the other members. People work hard here and are passionate about what they do, and that can be contagious.

While it’s often pretty quiet, there are lots of opportunities to get to know your coworking coworkers (if you choose—everything is optional). That includes weekly meetings, eating lunch together, going on walks to the farmers market or to get ice cream, and events like happy hours, game nights, grilled cheese brunches, bowling, and even a book club (my favorite). I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people here. It’s useful to be able to talk about the benefits and challenges of remote or freelance work (or starting a business) or just to have those water-cooler conversations you have in a typical office. When I worked at home I often felt isolated and lonely. I can honestly say that coworking at Collective Agency has been a boon to my mental health.

I may sound like a total shill, but I think others should know about about this gem of a community!”

Written by Alex Linsker