One of the hottest trends in business, especially freelancing, is coworking. Notice the lack of a “-“ between the words “co” and “working” as we are not referring to your co-workers at the office. Coworking is the practice of entrepreneurs, small business owners and freelancers leasing office space and working together as a community, albeit on their own separate projects. Coworking spaces are becoming popular in cities around the world and have become an affordable way for business owners to have an office space for client meetings, a more professional look and increased productivity.
There are many benefits to coworking spaces beyond what we have already mentioned. People thrive in coworking spaces and they become more successful business owners as a result of the community connection. Here are some of the reasons you should consider a coworking space for your business:
Job Control-Most coworking spaces are accessible 24/7 and users can decide when they want to work and when they don’t. Many freelancers work from home and they have families. This can lead to reduced productivity but a coworking space can give them the ability to work in an actual office environment.
Community-Coworking spaces offer a sense of community as everyone is there for the same reason, to get more work done in a work conducive environment. Coworking members can share ideas, express their thoughts and get community ideas much the same as if they were part of an online forum.
Inspiration-Members of coworking spaces often say that they get inspiration from the community in a way they couldn’t get in a typical office environment or when working from home. New ideas from other coworkers that are not a part of a particular industry have often led to the development of many successful new products. Think of a coworking space as a more relaxed think tank where new ideas are just waiting to be heard.
Coworking spaces are an affordable way for new business startups to get the office space they need with all of the modern amenities without any long-term commitments and without the high lease rates many of today’s typical offices require.