Have you ever wondered how amazing it would be to change your working routine? To add some more flexibility to your work-life, to change the perspective or surrounding? The idea of the co-working was born as a direct response to these needs. To put it simply, it’s a space where you can book a desk to work, and work whenever you want.
For some, decision to start working in such places is strictly economical. Not everyone can afford a long-term rental of an office in the city-center. This applies especially to small-business owners, freelancers and start-up founders. Co-workings give you a possibility to use great offices, often in amazing locations, no long-term contracts required. Other practical reason for using co-working spaces? It’s the best solution for people who travel often because of their businesses. There’s no need to open a branch in every city, where you have clients, go for meetings, etc. You can rent a desk or a room for the exact amount of time you need it for. Nowadays, it seems like joining co-working communities is about something more than just saving money. It’s a part of new lifestyle. It’s a choice, not a necessity. Well, it’s simply cool.
Nowadays, it seems like joining co-working communities is about something more than just saving money. It’s a part of new lifestyle. It’s a choice, not a necessity. Well, it’s simply cool.
Community of co-workers grows in strength day by day (so far more than 7000 places of this type have been opened) and a distinct trend indicates further growth. This workers’ movement has widespread quickly since 2005 when guy named Brad Neuberg organized first live-work loft and simply invited people to come by.
Is your next question: ok, but what kind of folks can I meet there? The largest group are probably freelancers and self-employed, who are sick of working from homes. Let’s just face it – sleeping, eating, chilling and working in one apartment or even a room is not so healthy. That’s why more and more people look for places where they can get their job done without distractions. Co-working spaces are packed with editors, journalists, programmers, translators, architects, legal counsels, artists. And now we’ve arrived to the special moment when I would like kindly ask for your attention: co-working is not only for freelancers. Due to significantly lower costs of renting desks rather than the entire office, such spaces are becoming more and more popular among micro-enterprises and start-ups. So basically it means you can meet there a couple of t-shirts designers, mini accounting department or mobile office of legal advisers.
What else should I explain? You can pay for one day or take a subscription for a longer term. Select between an open space, a soundproofed box or a conference room. At co-workings you get a desk, comfortable chair, Wi-Fi and peace? This is just a starter pack. Such places often have incredible amount of exciting bonuses to offer. I mean it – from unlimited access to beverages, relaxation zone, a table tennis, printer, copier and scanner, up to interactive whiteboards, arty design and an exit directly onto the beach / on the skiing slope. You can simply choose facilities that are the most important to you. Have I managed to intrigue you? Ok, I’m gonna leave you with this vision, whispering at the end a few more pros: perfect selection of mood music, inspiring people (= awesome networking opportunities) and delicious snacks…
Less cash spent on Starbuck’s coffee and at the same time head full of new inspiration – maybe co-working is also your thing? You never know. Until you try.