There are those who work for themselves that like to work through business problems on their own, and who do not want to join a community. Then there are others who enjoy working on their own who need a professional meeting space and want to be able to discuss new ideas and working techniques with like-minded people.
People who work for themselves are able to set up shop almost anywhere in places such as coffee shops, libraries, or their living room couch. Coworking spaces are definitely a part of this list, but not everyone decides to join one for reasons varying from cost to location, to the plain fact that they may want to work in isolation.
In an attempt to showcase the highlights of joining a coworking space and influence those against the idea of joining one, I am going to present a few often overlooked benefits of joining a coworking space.
One benefit is that coworking spaces offer a sense of work regularity and scheduling. They offer a set routine for someone because there is a big difference between waking up and beginning to work at your kitchen table and actually leaving home and commuting to a desk at a coworking space.
Colin Loretz, community manager at Reno Collective Coworking, explains that, “Having to leave your house every day and actually put on pants can change how you approach the day and create a clear separation between work and home.”
That’s an important thing because a clear separation between work and home could increase productivity and work quality because you are in an environment with fewer distractions, working alongside others.
Other great advantages of joining a coworking space are getting the perks of a start-up without actually working for one and making connections along the way with people in your field. A lot of coworking spaces generally consist of things unique to those of startups like chill areas, showers, and snacks, with people who are friendly and highly motivated.
This environment promotes a space where individuals can connect with one another and share their ideas and experiences. Once one has joined a coworking space, an essential next step is collaborating with your coworkers and thriving in your space.
Events like workshops and after work drinks facilitate coworkers meeting one another and connecting, but it is on the individual to make an effort to meet and talk with the other people that occupy their coworking space. Crafting work and out of work relationships with coworkers is a very good idea for a number of reasons. First off, the people in your coworking space will generally live in a similar geographic area in the city.
Getting to know them, especially if you are new to the city, will help with safety in a new city and will also provide you with some good insight about fun things to do in the area and places to go.
Additionally, forming relationships with coworkers can help one learn more about their particular field and valuable work skills that others in their space employ for their personal work. The relationships among coworkers in a space are also why many people who decide to join coworking spaces, thrive.
People in coworking spaces thrive not only because they feel like they are part of a community, but also because they have more job control and feel like their work is more meaningful. Coworking spaces usually offer 24/7 access to its members and this, paired with the various different areas in the space, can choose where and when they wish to work.
These spaces are all about flexibility and that fits the personality of coworkers because most choose to work on projects that they truly care about and are genuinely interested in. Coworking spaces facilitate the collaboration and creativity of individuals who are passionate about what they do and who want to make new connections and friends while they work.