With a rising popularity in self-employment and freelancing, co-working spaces have become a popular phenomenon that has been embraced by those who work independently, but crave a sense of community in response to working in relative isolation.
Co-working spaces are essentially communal open-space offices and are an affordable solution to having a working environment outside of your home that is not a private office. They are popular among freelancers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and independent contractors. A simple Google search will show that there are a wide range of co-working opportunities in most major cities in North America.
Besides being an affordable alternative to a private office, a co-working environment can provide many other advantages.
Working in a home or private office can leave one craving face-to-face interaction from others during the day – especially those who aren’t clients! Self-employment can be isolating when your day to day activities are individual ventures. Co-working spaces provide the opportunity to work independently while being surrounded by others. Taking regular coffee breaks or having engaging in some water cooler gossip can help break up the day, create new friendships, and give you a chance to clear your mind from the daily grind of self-employment.
Creating a Community
Those who work in co-working spaces generally have the same values and influences, as they are usually made up of entrepreneurs and freelancers who are working hard to develop and build their business. As the co-working environment is usually an open concept, it aids in developing relationships and finding inspiration from those around you. As friendships form, the community will naturally rally around each other and help each other out, building a mutual bonding through independent work that one can’t experience when working alone.
With a sense of community in the co-working space, networking opportunities will naturally follow. It’s great to find contacts that may be able to help you out in the future and for you to offer your services as well. Looking for a copywriter? Chances are someone in your co-working space has a recommendation. It’s much easier to go with a trusted referral rather than searching online and hoping for the best. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals can help your business grow and can build some strong and lasting relationships.