Coworking by definition is “the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self‐employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge”. Now, I don’t know about you, but that still seems vast and complicated to me. I have worked for a coworking space now for about seven months and in my experience I have found coworking to be an environment where different people in different lines of work come together in one space and work individually or together to accomplish certain goals.
Coworking provides people with the opportunity to network with others from different lines of work and industries, while working from home or in an office does not provide the same kind of connection. Say you are an entrepreneur, who just started a business selling popsicles, and you are a killer marketer, however your photography skills are lacking. If you were to work in a coworking space, the likelihood of a photographer working out of the same coworking space is pretty high. The two of you could get together and work out a deal of sorts, popsicles or marketing for photographs. The value of having driven like-minded professionals working around you is prime! Not to mention talking to someone other than your pet is hugely more inspiring.
Another key component to coworking is diversity. It can be found in the variety of industries and personalities to how one might take their morning coffee. Everyone has different strengths and goals, which gives everyone opportunity to lend a hand. For freelancers or entrepreneurs this is extremely beneficial, as they often work alone. Even if your company or line of work doesn’t fall under those umbrellas, who wouldn’t want a helping hand every once in awhile? This type of giving community is crucial to success on so many levels.
No matter what the weather is like or what is happening in your sphere of work, there is usually a smiling face in the space to brighten your day, share your challenges or celebrate with. Business and personal growth aside (but I mean aren’t those things enough to join a space?!), being apart of a coworking space facilitates action toward working together for the greater good of the community, and growth into great.