As the world recently celebrated Global Entrepreneur Week, I thought it relevant to share some information about an emerging trend in small business: the coming together of like-minded individuals in a well resourced, collaborative work space – “COWORKING”.
I was in New York City recently, and I had the opportunity to visit a coworking space (cleverly called “New Work City”). Coworking spaces are designed as a shared work/collaboration environment where a desk is available on a membership or casual basis. The idea is that while you may choose to be an entrepreneur, remote worker or even part of a small business, you don’t need to go it alone. Coworking spaces provide work spaces with all the benefits of a functional office setting (including Wi-Fi®, photocopiers, kitchens – who doesn’t need a water-cooler? – meeting rooms, and even nap lofts in the case of New Work City) in a more relaxed, cooperative environment.
Part of the cowork ethos is based on community building, and an area in the cowork is dedicated to additional programming that is beneficial to either the professionals participating in the space or the community as a whole. “Office Nomads” in Seattle offers a yoga class every Wednesday and occasional networking mixers as well.
Coworks are a growing phenomenon and can probably be found in an area around you. Click here to check the cowork directory. Additionally, these spaces exist as part of a global network and you can gain access to coworks almost anywhere your work/life takes you. Most have a reciprocal membership arrangement in place where some of your membership benefits are transferable between locations.
What do you think? Do you have any experience with coworks? Would they work for you?