Coworking spaces are fairly new but are becoming more and more popular for work from home professionals, independent contractors and home based business owners. It is a community of professionals from all types of business backgrounds that like to get together to work in one space. Coworking spaces can be as formal as a designated office space with all of the office necessities (i.e. desks, printers and Wi-Fi) or as casual as a coffee shop or even someone’s house. It really depends on the needs of the individuals involved.
What are the Benefits?
Coworking spaces are the perfect place to share your ideas or collaborate with likeminded professionals. It is an environment that enhances the communal knowledge, resources and skills of each individual member.
Coworking is a great place to build your network and find new clients. Each individual in the coworking space brings not only their talent and knowledge, but they also bring their connections. Through these connections you may find your next new hire, someone that can assist you in boosting the sales of your company or someone to help you complete a project.
Working from home can lead to a feeling of [isolation]. Isolation can lead to depression and can cause your productivity to decrease. Coworking provides you an opportunity to get out of the house and connect with other people.
- Talent Resource
A graphic designer, an accountant and a salesperson walk into a bar. That pretty much sums up what you will see in a coworking space. Coworking spaces attract individuals from all types of industries, backgrounds, fields and expertise. Together they create a vast pool of talent, right at your fingertips that you can tap into, not only to share ideas with but to also get advice from or to ask for help on a particular issue that you may be having with your job or company.
Distraction is one of the most common issues that work from home professionals, independent contractors and home based business owners’ face. Distractions from family, home duties or even due to the location of your home office can cause you to be less productive. In a coworking space, individuals are there to work. Working in this type of environment may motivate you to work harder which can increase your sales, help you complete a project on time or earlier than scheduled or allow you more time with your family or for yourself.