Why you should co-work from time to time
Coworking is part of everyday life for many freelancers and startups. The trend of sharing workspaces and working together in a large, well-equipped office is becoming more and more prevalent in our latitudes. Who are coworking spaces suitable for, and what are their advantages?
The first Coworking Space was 2005 in San Francisco founded and was called "The Hat Factory". Since then, this way of working has become more and more popular and has arrived in most major German cities. There is no such thing as a typical co-worker: different types of people can be found at the rented workplaces. From startups to sidepreneurs, freelancers, students, bloggers, founders, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, digital nomads and freelance creatives, the popularity of coworking spaces spans almost all industries. What's so tempting about renting an office in someone else's home?
The advantages of coworking
Working together has both practical and social benefits. Here is an overview:
The equipment of the offices:
Coworking spaces are almost heavenly compared to the often sparse offices of founders or freelancers. They offer ergonomic workstations, coffee vending machines and prestigious meeting rooms for customer meetings. In many cases, the equipment surpasses the home office. In addition, there is often the opportunity to rent a business address and have business mail sent to the workplace. For those who don't have the opportunity to set up a good office at home, or who opt for a strict separation of work and home life, coworking offers an inexpensive way to rent an office space without committing to an entire property. Rental terms are comparatively short and in most cases negotiable. Anything from a few hours to several months is usually possible.
Work: in peace and yet not alone
For freelancers and young entrepreneurs, it can be a real challenge to work with sustained concentration. Throwing on office clothes and leaving the household and neighbors behind can be very helpful. Not everyone likes to work alone permanently. In a coworking space, you'll find a great community and enjoy the social environment you know from the office. A little chat at the coffee machine, an inspiring atmosphere carried by the inspiring projects and the exchange of knowledge are not only pleasant, but very useful. Loneliness and poor work-life balance become history with the use of a coworking space.
Coworking offices always offer a stable and securely encrypted Internet connection and thus planning security for online work. In addition, useful hardware components are on site that may be missing at home. So instead of buying a super printer, scanner and other technical finesse yourself, you can simply pay for its use and keep an eye on your fixed costs. Sometimes there is also the option of borrowing a large monitor or desktop PCs are available, which make working more comfortable.
Coworking can give a burned-out freelancer a boost of new inspiration or a founder access to good technology. If you're bored at home or not satisfied with your work-life balance, take a look to see if there's a coworking space near you. Here you can meet like-minded people, share ideas about your projects and get tips from experts. And if you don't enjoy coworking anymore, just pack up your laptop again and go home. We have learned to protect the routines that an external office brings with it and are happy to have the opportunity to and actively exchange ideas. What are your experiences with coworking? We are eager to hear your comments.