These days, you have probably been hearing the term “coworking” quite frequently. The term has recently been all over the news, in blogs on the internet, and spreading through social media. But you might still be asking yourself, what exactly is coworking?
The premise of coworking is quite simple at its core. Since more and more people are either working for themselves as a freelancer or working from home as a remote employee, the need for commuting to and working in a large office, with a permanent cube or desk is less important in our global internet-connected economy and workforce. That means, these freelancers, gig economy workers and remote employees don’t have a specific office that they commute to every day, placing them in somewhat of a disadvantage when it comes to having a productive workspace. Since these workers don’t have an office, they have to figure out where (and sometimes when) they will complete their work, conduct important phone calls, participate in meetings, and so much more. Many of these freelancers and remote employees do not have an opportunity to network or socialize like office workers, and can therefore feel isolated. They also do not have a place to grab a free cup of coffee.
In the past, before coworking became a mainstream concept, these business owners, entrepreneurs, founders, freelancers, and remote workers would work out of their own homes, coffee shops, libraries, and sometimes even while on the go. But, the problem is that the productivity levels of many of these workers suffers as the result of disruptive spaces that are noisy, crowded or uncomfortable. And working from home is not for everyone if you do not have access to a quiet space because of a housemate, poor heating or cooling during the day, and so on. It is not practical to have a busy meeting in a studio apartment or your home in the suburbs either. Even a coffee shop or library, for instance, is not always the most convenient place for a remote worker to go. Most of the time, internet service can be quite spotty in these environments, noise can be an issue, and if you are working out of a commercial establishment, you’ll be obligated (or feel guilty) if you don’t spend some money. Remote workers who stick to their home contend with other issues — distractions from barking dogs, landscapers, delivery trucks, or occupants of the house.
Welcome to Coworking
Because of these reasons and many more, the concept of coworking came to be more than just a fad. These days, coworking spaces are evolving as the best way for entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, founders, and business owners to conduct their day-to-day business operations. And now, the term coworking has actually taken the reigns to be defined as actual spaces that are dedicated to freelancers powering the gig economy. Many state-of-the-art and plush coworking spaces are sprouting beyond New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. These coworking spaces are perfect for freelancers and professionals alike, since they offer fast and reliable wifi, comfortable desks and chairs, power outlets for all your devices, and more. Many of these spaces also offer hot brewed coffee, snacks, meeting rooms, and networking events for members. With more and more coworking spaces coming online every year, there is a space for virtually every type of need and budget.
All in all, coworking is changing how freelancers, remote workers, and entrepreneurs conduct business. No longer do they have to be cooped up inside of their homes, or sitting in front of their computer screens in a crowded and loud coffee shop. Nowadays, remote workers can simply sign up for a coworking membership and work in peace, where they will be able to focus, concentrate, and work to their hearts’ desire.