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).
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.
“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:
- No Guilt from the Coffee Shop
- Meet Potential Clients
- Office Setup (Furniture, Supplies, Equipment)
- Network Without Trying
- Water Cooler Community
- Legitimate Meeting Space
- Work With Your Niche (Relevant Peers)
- 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.