The days of working out of mundane office buildings, cubicbles, and fluorescent lighting are over. In the new era of communication and creative business, coworking spaces have opened the door for a different type of work environment. Coworking spaces are membership-based workspaces, where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting.
Taste of Freedom
In an age of individualism, coworking spaces highlight the need for flexibility and creativity. When you’re a member of a coworking space, you can decide how you want to work. Most coworking venues offer a general public space equipped with lounge space and shared desk space. Private offices, conference rooms are typically offered allowing you to get space and talk calls are your leisure. The best spaces typically also offer natural lighting and outdoor lounging as a way of making the office relaxing and luxurious. Quite different from the ten floor brown brick building most working stiffs have to operate out of.
Connection & Creativity
Flexibility of a shared work space leads to more productivity. Being in a more casual environment with less distractions allows for more energy. If you typically work in from home, a cafe, or a library coming into a coworking space can be a beneficial change of pace. Human interaction also makes for a more stimulating work day. Your cohorts can serve as valuable resources — whether it’s inspiration, knowledge of a different industry than your business, or even just sounding boards for your ideas. And it goes without saying that networking and collaborating with other peers is invaluable. Forming strong relationships with your cohorts that could lead to new clients, or even potential employees and business partners. Some studies show coworking space members don’t feel that they have to put on a work persona like in a traditional office or “office politics” if you will.
A Sense of Saving
Saving money is a priority for just about everyone. Especially for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and smaller businesses. Instead of renting an expensive office, coworking monthly memberships allow you to save money on overhead costs. Rather than committing to a long lease, members are able to go month-to-month. Daily passes are even able for remote employees.