Updated: Nov 25, 2019
After WeWork, the co-working giant, increased the awareness of Co-working to the world, multiple new co-working spaces were opened in Greater Vancouver Area. So what exactly is co-working, and how is it different from the traditional work space in the office buildings or industrial parks?
What is co-working?
Coworking is the perfect alternative to working from home or in a coffee shop. This type of workplace offers many perks and an environment full of inspiring and dedicated professionals across all industries. The decision to work alongside strangers can be intimidating but so rewarding.
Below are 10 reasons why you should work from a co-working space.
Because the range of companies and projects at a co-working space is so large, many coworkers say work done at their spaces is more meaningful. A person’s work identity becomes stronger when around people doing all types and kinds of work. A work facade is no longer needed, due to the lack of competition in a traditional office. Coworking spaces are created to have a sense of community, collaboration, learning and sustainability.
Not only do co-working spaces provide a place to work, they also offer many perks with the space. These include Reception; Conference Rooms; Free Coffee and Fruit Tea; Mail Sorting; Ultra-High Speed Wireless Internet Access; Printer. The perks included produces a dynamic balance between work and lifestyle.
Have you wondered? Why commit to a 3+ year lease if you don't know what would happen in 12 months? Co-working enables you to work on your schedule. Let’s say today you want to work during the day, but tomorrow during the night. At a co-working space you enjoy this power and flexibility. Because memberships at Hot Desks are month-to-month, you decide when and where you want to work.
Sense of Community
Working from home or in a coffee shop sometimes create a sense of loneliness. Co-working space ends this feeling of disconnection while you can still choose to be isolated if you want. During the day, you work alongside other coworkers and even though the room is full of people, you chose when and where to work, and how to interact with other members.
You never know who you will meet to help you move your business forward. Having a sense of community is another reason why people chose co-working spaces. Co-working environment lets you surround yourself with goal-oriented and hard-working professionals, which provides you with endless networking opportunities.
Convenience and Professional Presence for Clients
Being in Richmond's City Centre along Canada Skytrain Line, your clients don't have to worry about a long commute and parking issues. Outside your door, a variety of options for transportation, restaurants and shopping beckon. With our modernly designed boardrooms, you bring your clients a professional presence of you and your business.
The social atmosphere of a co-working environment encourages you to crawl out of the bed in the morning and get into work. Co-working can increase productivity by decreasing at home distractions and being surrounded by committed professionals each day is a great motivator.
Traditional office space on a per-square-foot basis can be super expensive. Working at a co-working space is not only affordable it also offers the flexibility to grow with your business without having to sink money into potential lease-breaking penalties. It's a move-in ready space for you without worrying about utility bills, furnitures, even renovations and all other tiny issues that would consume a lot of you time.
Learn Something New
A co-working space gives you the chance to be working across the desk from someone with a completely different skill set than yours. You may even catch yourself working in new mindset as well. Inspiration from coworkers can help break through the roadblocks and that project you have been working on for months is solved, just like that! Getting out of your comfort zone could be the perfect step for your company
Working at a co-working space, you surround yourself with motivated and inspirational professionals like yourself. You have the opportunity to socialize, enjoy all of the amenities and work the way you live. This boosts morale and passion which results in a more cheerful workday!