Coworking Crazy: Everything you need to know about coworking spaces
Focusing when you work from home can be a struggle. Knowing that your bed is less than 100 ft. from you can be dangerous! Or you might even think you just want to watch one episode of your favorite show, but somehow it turns into a three hour marathon of The Office reruns. Thankfully, people have found a way around work-from-home productivity issues: coworking spaces. You’ve probably seen them popup everywhere under different company names like WeWork, Regus, ImpactHub, Serendipity Labs, just to name a few. So what exactly are coworking spaces? And why does everyone love them so much? We’ll take an in-depth look at why coworking spaces are gaining popularity across the globe.
WeWork, Bogotá, Colombia
Coworking spaces are defined as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting. People love to feel included and just want to be a part of something. Coworking spaces provide a community for their members by curating workshops, networking events, guest lectures, etc. The more tailored events are, the better the experience is for members which inevitably pushes them to frequent the space more often. In addition, many members have reported that having a community to work in helps them to build structure and discipline that keeps them motivated.
Switchyards, Atlanta, GA.
These spaces are heavily frequented by freelancers and start ups, people that are often passionate about their work. After all, certain memberships can be costly and it would only make sense for one to be passionate about what they’re doing to be spending that kind of money on that experience. Prices range from $50 - $1,000 a month depending on your needs.
Impact Hub, Austin, TX.
The Harvard Business Review’s research found that there is a strong relationship between employees prospering in coworking spaces as opposed to regular offices. With 24/7 access (at most facilities), the choice of working in a quiet or louder and more collaborative space, and the opportunity to take breaks when needed from work, it makes sense that people are more likely to thrive in a coworking environment. Large organizations and companies are beginning to follow suit by incorporating the values of the social mission of the Coworking Manifesto, an online document signed by members from over 1,7000 working spaces. Some companies are even going so far as to build coworking spaces within their own offices. For instance, Menlo Innovations has added a 7,000 sq. ft. coworking space dedicated to helping early stage startups.
A2 Startup Garage, Ann Arbor, Michigan
By 2020, it is predicted that 50% of the American workforce will consist of both part-time and full-time freelancers, so you’ll definitely be seeing more of these spaces pop up in locations near you.