With flexibility and mobility on the rise as a “must have” for the new generation of workers, it would be wise to consider the idea of coworking spaces, especially if you’re a start up! First, let’s talk about the idea of coworking space, what it is, what it does, and what it can do. The idea of coworking involves a work environment that’s different from the traditional norm. We aren’t talking about small dark offices with traditional furniture. We’re talking about a shared working environment where your neighbor may not be part of the same organization or even part of the same state you’re in, but you’re both working hard and getting the job done.
People from various places, jobs, and backgrounds are able to literally “plug” into these coworking spaces to have an “office” feel yet with the flexibility to move around and change from area to area, especially if they travel a lot for work or their personal life. It doesn’t have to be work a week, month, or year. You can rent space for a day or spend just the afternoon there! Whatever your needs may be, coworking space might be the next thing to spark those creative juices.
Benefits of coworking spaces includes having the amenities of an office while keeping costs low. They have access to wifi, a fax machine, even conference rooms to hold meetings. For those who work from home that need a change of scenery, coworking space is ideal. It’s a fast setup and once you’re there, you’re ready to go!
- There are no distractions.
- There is a sense of community.
- You’re surrounded by hardworking professionals much like yourself.
The best part--you’re not stuck with a recurring utility, internet, or phone bill. These spaces can often be paid through a month-to-month membership or an annual fee. There are even some coworking spaces that offer beer and unlimited conference room use! This may even include administrative staff that can help with those tedious tasks you really don’t have time to do.
While many believe that coworking space is all about the physical location, much of coworking is about fueling a sense of community with people that have similar shared values. It’s about sparking collaboration and creativity. It could be as simple as a change of scenery to do it. If one space doesn’t work, hey, just move to another. The workspace is flexible and mobile.
Some individuals feel inspired by using the advances in technology to make the space work for them. It’s cost effective and allows people to truly live “on the go”, and not skip a beat. It’s the type of environment we’re all shifting to--constantly connected, constantly on the go! Our lifestyles have to match and have to work for us to be productive and the best we can be.
Coworking space is a great way to grow your business faster and change with the demand of your staff and the needs of your organization. Scale back or add more, the space works for you and not the other way around. Whether you work from home or work from a traditional office, have set hours or flexible ones, you can still work by yourself, but not work alone.