Portland has an abundance of quality workspace from office buildings to warehouses to downtown lofts, and rents are a third of the cost of equivalent space in Boston and a quarter of the cost in New York. In an era where the next big tech startup could be based anywhere, lower overhead buys agile businesses time to innovate, iterate, and succeed.
Our creative endeavors require space and quiet; here we can afford that space. But when we seek inspiration and stimulation, we step out outside and find it. Sara Corbett, a freelance writer for New York Times Magazine, among other publications, says, “Writing is by nature kind of a lonely thing and…Portland is this great environment to do it in because not only is it peaceful, but…the size of the city lends itself to this incredible friendliness…When you just need someone to smile at you, there’s actually someone in this town who smiles at you, and as an artist that kind of can sustain you when you’re feeling lonely.”
Portland is also a convenient travel hub. The Portland International Jetport(PWM) is less than 10 minutes from downtown and provides daily nonstop flights to many major cities. Both the Amtrak Downeaster trains and Concord Trailwaysbuses depart from the Portland Transportation Center for Boston and beyond, just 5 minutes from downtown.
How to Find Office/Workspace
Craigslist has constantly updated listings for office spaces in Portland. Although there are some properties for sale, most of the listings are for smaller, less expensive rentals than what you will find with commercial brokers.
Maine & Company is a private, non-profit corporation that provides free and confidential services to companies locating to or growing in Maine. Resources include real estate site searches, data collection and analysis, incentives identification and valuation, site visit coordination, and financing coordination through their Maine Investment Exchange (MIX).
Maine Real Estate Today has all the commercial classified ads (including businesses and business equipment and vehicles for sale) that run in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and the other MaineToday Media’s newspapers. Use the keyword “Portland” to get local listings.
Engine Room is a creative collaborative space where talented entrepreneurs, innovators, and collaborators come together to make it happen. In a building over 100 years old, this modern, open-concept space allows professionals to share their stimulating ideas with one another in an upbeat environment right on the fringe of Portland's Old Port.
Peloton Labs is a community workspace on Congress Street in Portland, designed as a co-working space for independent and creative business and civic professionals.
ThinkTank Portland is a co-working space on Exchange Street for freelance writers, journalists, grad students, bloggers, architects, graphic designers, and digital photographers.
Wycwah is a co-working space in Portland on Maple Street. It describes itself as a collaborative space for digital creatives: Web designers, programmers, writers, videographers—anyone who uses bits and bytes to make something happen.