What is that community thing everyone rants about?
It is this. You show up to a place and you are connected to like-minded people.
Ok, that is a bit flaky, I’ll admit.
So how come everyone rants about community and coworking?
Because no matter how many indoor slides, juggling lama’s, former USA Presidents and original copies of the Domesday Scrolls you have in your coworking space if there is no community it will lag.
Coffee shops and community
I have come to think it is easier to get a coworking community thriving in a coffee shop than it is to fill a super cool building and open the door.
With a coffee shop, there is an inconvenience, you could go to any coffee shop but you go to that one to be with the people there.
This podcast about a Canadian Coworking Co-op tells that story: EP 24 – “We almost sold out on our principles before we even started”
I thought that Coffee shops were banned?
Ok, while backing up my coffee shop point the podcast is contrary to the mantra here @Work Hubs.
(Just to recap – the mantra is ‘coworking is a better choice than a coffee shop and you will go mad working at home on your own’ – but that is just us venting our own anger at our own past situations.)
Anyway, come back I am nearly done.
I spent more than a year going to different coworking spaces every day of the week with Kindred HQ pop-up coworking. It is how I found @Work Hubs and 90 Mainyard and have been based full time between both since 2013.
Some places would feel like an office being rented – because they were.
Others would feel like a coffee shop ran by the owner – because they were.
Here is the kick. When we had to decide where to spent our time and our money the “coffee shop place” won. We’d rather give our money to a human than a Regus.
We’d rather give our money to a human than a Regus.
Also, it is more fun and supportive to show up on your own to a community and people than ‘just an office’.
Just before I go, likeminded means people who think like you. If you are a videographer being around other filmmakers is better for you than being around snot nosed freelancers (like me).
The conversations you will have about chasing round London swigging red wine and meeting ‘potential’ investors are way more fun for start-up dudes than miserable freelancers (like me).
So look for the place that works for your goals and projects – how easy is that?