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Consider Coworking for Community, Collaboration and Creativity

Coworking is a global movement to create innovative, collaborative and community driven workspaces that move beyond traditional work environments.

The Now Creative Group team benefits from being part of co-working spaces, and is highlighting the benefits of coworking as part of Coworking Week and International Coworking Day (August 8).

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How Does Coworking Work?

Like-minded people and businesses of all kinds come together in one facility to share resources, create a community and reduce operating costs.

Depending on the facility, you use space by the hour, day, or month, or anywhere in between, or try many spaces with a coworking Passport.

“There’s a big difference between working remotely and working in isolation. Happiness and productivity improves in shared spaces” says Neil Martin, co-founder of Project: SPACES.

Who is Coworking it For?

Small businesses, freelancers, and startups looking to transition out of their isolated work environments such as home offices and cafes and into a creative workspace that will push their productivity to the next level.

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“Stop working alone – work for yourself, not by yourself”, the Coworking Toronto collective says.

“There are many individual entrepreneurs and people who work at home. And a lot of isolation is happening as this modern economy moves more towards individual work,” says Beverly Bambury, an advocate for suburban Brampton, Ontario’s first-ever coworking space, called LAB-B.

Beverly believes that using the space is not just a desk, but “membership in a community and a network of people who are all very dynamic, entrepreneurial and creative.”

Why Consider a Coworking Space

Sarah Kessler of Inc. shares her 8 reasons why a coworking space can be better than working from home or the neighbourhood café:

  1. Now-Coworking-2No Guilt from the Coffee Shop
  2. Meet Potential Clients
  3. Office Setup (Furniture, Supplies, Equipment)
  4. Network Without Trying
  5. Water Cooler Community
  6. Legitimate Meeting Space
  7. Work With Your Niche (Relevant Peers)
  8. Learn Something (Frequent Events, Workshops)

“People don’t want to work in tiny cubicles anymore. Working from home can be isolating – and coffee shops can be distracting. But when you cowork, the inspiration is through the roof.” – Lawton Ursrey, Forbes contributor.

Coworking is a fundamental shift in the way that people work –  so whether you are working for yourself or working for a company, you can take part in the revolution.

Happy Co-Working!

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