Do you work from home and talk to yourself just to hear something? Do you work in a cubicle that makes you want to cry yourself to sleep at night? Do you not have a job, and you’re wondering when in the heck you’re going to find one? I have one solution for you: a coworking space (yes, even if you don’t have a job yet)!
What is a Coworking Space?
A coworking space is essentially a large office that is designed to have open communication between people within said office. There are not many cubicles, sometimes only a few offices, and tons of communal desks (hardly ever assigned) and couches for hanging out and working at the same time. Coworking spaces are often popular with startup companies who need an office space but don’t want to invest their startup money in creating a new office all on their own. Coworking spaces are often owned by a company that then leases the space to multiple entrepreneurs or small businesses, and the grounds, food, bathrooms, etc. are all maintained by the owner (not the coworkers who lease the space – bonus!).
Why a Coworking Space?
Have you ever seen a coworking space? If not, get on Google right now and start looking at coworking spaces in Images. They can be downright awesome! Many coworking spaces have an open seating area, open desks, and a cafeteria or bar area where you can get coffee, food, etc. for free. Sometimes you do have to pay, but it’s still awesome. Other coworking spaces have game rooms, ping pong and pool tables, or hot bikini babes that walk around telling you to get your work done (just kidding on that last part). The offices are generally soundproofed, with comfortable desks and chairs sometimes supplied.
But why would you want to pay an exorbitant amount for a coworking space (because obviously they’re not cheap unless you split the cost between your small startup employees)? Coworking spaces have been proven to generate and multiple creativity, and also result in higher networking and production for small businesses. We all dream of working from home some days, sure, but the reality is that you just don’t collaborate with people when you’re isolated. What do you need most as a business owner? Connection!
Leasing a part of a coworking space gives you somewhere to go everyday, rather than sit on your couch in your PJs and eat candy. The motivation to get up and get out can set the tone for your day. On top of that, you don’t really have to report to a boss because you’re still an entrepreneur, so you don’t have to have those anxiety attacks when you think about facing your boss again. Then, you get to enter a creative space where everyone is there to hash out ideas, work together, and network. Plus eat the food and play ping pong. It’s such a cool idea, one that you really need to try for yourself!