"You’ve heard of coworking, I’m sure. But it’s much more than resources and a place to do business. It’s a community – and it’s the future of how business is going to be done." - Forbes
We obviously have our own opinions about this topic, but it's something that's been researched and written about in numerous publications including Forbes, FlexJobs, and the Harvard Business Review.
1. Diversity - "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. You’re surrounded by a ton of passionate people going for a dream." Coworking spaces are comprised of members of all types. At 3411 Coworking we have designers, graphic artists, accountants, video producers, writers, a structural engineering firm, a marketing analyst, and a realtor. This diversity brings about many unique skill sets that can shared within our community.
While members spend most of their time working on their own projects, they have opportunities to collaborate with their fellow coworkers and learn from each other. "Not only are you around other inspiring independent business owners – but you could be rubbing elbows with your next investor, your future partner or your board of advisors. There’s a lot of potential when you join the tribe of coworkers in your community."
2. Flexibility - Coworking memberships are typically month-to-month, providing flexibility with minimal commitment. For those who need an office setting and amenities without having to worry about a long-term lease, coworking spaces make it affordable and easy to choose a spot to work (communal areas or dedicated desks) and have everything else taken care of - internet, printers, coffee, snacks, and even places to lounge and relax.
The flexibility of 24/7 access is another perk. Members can choose to come in to get some work done when it's convenient for their schedules.
Another perk of working in a local coworking space is the ability to skip the daily traffic jam in Atlanta. An article by FlexJobs highlighting a trend within many companies of allowing employees to work remotely states, "If your employees are spending a lot of time every day commuting to and from your office, they’re probably coming to work with added stress and exhaustion as a result, and coworking from a space closer to their house can reduce all that negative commuting experience." We couldn't agree more.