Between 2005 and 2017, the number of coworking spaces around the world jumped from three to 15,500. What’s drawing so many people to these unique work environments, why do people cowork?
Working from home can get lonely, especially if you switched to a home-based business after years in an office environment. You can take your laptop to the local coffee shop, but the people around you are more like background noise than companions. In a coworking environment, you can have face-to-face interactions while you work, on breaks and during lunch, building new friendships as you pursue your business goals.
Coworking spaces often attract entrepreneurs, freelancers and creatives, all of whom tend to be people with clear goals they’re willing to work hard to achieve. It can be difficult to find a similar support system within your own family and circle of friends, especially if you have differing viewpoints when it comes to success. Coworking surrounds you with others whose objectives are similar to yours and whose energy is focused on making things happen.
When you spend your working hours around other professionals, you have the opportunity to pick up tips and tricks for making your own business endeavors easier. You may share space with others who have more experience in the business world, and what they have to pass on can save you from making costly mistakes. You also have the chance to tap into networks more extensive than your own and grow your business faster.
Operating your own business usually means working with a shoestring budget, and you can’t always afford top-of-the-line office equipment. Access to high-quality printers, audio and video equipment and blazing fast internet is included in many coworking memberships, so everything you need is covered by the monthly fee and requires no additional spending.
Only 30 percent of people who use coworking spaces are fond of working during normal business hours. Most coworking buildings can be accessed at any time, and with the growing number of spaces available, it shouldn’t be hard to find one in your city. With a short commute and no time restrictions, you’re free to pop over to your “office” to pursue a sudden inspiration, even if it strikes at three in the morning.
Being in a professional working environment instead of lounging in a chair in your yoga pants transforms the way you look at what you do. Coworking can give a greater sense of meaning to the “daily grind” and may even make you feel more confident. In an Office Vibe survey, 64 percent of entrepreneurs reported they were more productive when they used coworking spaces, and 68 percent said they were more focused.
If you’ve been looking for a space outside of your home where you can concentrate on your work and have the opportunity to collaborate with others, coworking could be just what you need.
CEO Centers FLEX is a modern, collaborative workspace in Duluth, Georgia curated around a community of entrepreneurs and creative early-stage companies. We offer a variety of coworking spaces – from hot desks to private, executive offices – all at an affordable price.
If you are looking for a coworking space, contact CEO Centers FLEX. We offer several membership levels that all include high-speed internet, access to the kitchen and lounge with a free coffee and tea bar, use of our business center and concierge services. Contact us today to learn more about the FLEX community.