Should You Be Coworking?

If you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, or telecommuter, you are no doubt familiar with the concept of coworking. A coworking space, sometimes called a collaborative workspace, is a shared office space for people who have traditionally worked from home.

You might be wondering why people who are finally free from the strains of offices are actually choosing to go back to offices. Working out of your home seems like a dream come true! But coworking, which has grown exponentially since 2006, is the new way to “work from home.” Here are just a few advantages of the trend.

When you first begin freelancing or telecommuting, you love that you can do your work in your pajamas. But working from home is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s easy to get distracted on the internet, doing home chores, or running errands. Additionally, working at home means spending a lot of time alone, which many people find challenging.  

Working from a coworking space allows you to have a focused work area, making it much easier to stay on track. According to coworking space users polled in the 2nd Global Coworking Survey by, 75% said that they were more productive working from a coworking space than they were before, and 86% said they felt less isolated and more social.

Many coworking spaces host networking events to showcase their space and serve their members. But that’s just the beginning. More than 80% of those polled said that they found new opportunities at their coworking space through the people they met there.

You will find not just new networking opportunities at coworking spaces, but also learn about new apps, products, and business trends that are harder to discover when working alone. Often, these discoveries save time and make work easier.

Believe it or not, working from home isn’t free: you pay for your internet, your heating and air, and your printer paper and ink, just to name a few. Coworking spaces include a wide variety of office amenities in members’ monthly fees. These perks usually include meeting rooms, kitchens, printers, scanners, fax machines, and of course, high-speed internet. Many coworking spaces have lots of other perks as well, including everything from beer taps to ping pong tables.

As telecommuting and entrepreneurship growing each year, there is no doubt that coworking is the way of the future. Use to find coworking spaces around you suited to your needs and see for yourself what the fuss is all about.

So, should you be coworking? With opprtunity to increase productivity, creativity, learning, and networking opportunities, the answer is yes. Say goodbye to working from home and hello to a whole new way of conceptualizing work. 

Image sourced: Co-workers