Co-working is a bit of a new idea, and is far different than having co-workers, which most people who have never heard of co-working before will think of. Co-working is when freelancers, independent professionals, or entrepreneurs share one common office or workspace, and the benefits to this new trend are enough to make anyone within those industries think about it.
Among the biggest incentives to co-working, is the fact that you can continue being an independent worker, while still maintaining your flexibility with your work schedule, and you get to keep the freedom of being your own boss. The cost of whatever space your co-working group operates within is also split between all of you, so it is not as much of a financial burden on you.
If you ever never heard anything about co-working before, the idea kind of sounds too good to be true, or that it wouldn’t be a good fit for you, right? Well I am afraid to say, that you are wrong, my friend, and here are just a few reasons why everyone should take advantage of co-working.
Ability to Meet Clients in a Professional Setting
When operating within a co-working facility, you will almost always have conference rooms or meeting spaces that are specifically designed and used to meet current and potential clients within a professional setting.
This is such a bonus, because in a business where most competitors are using their home office as their base, and coffee shops and more public spots as their meeting spots, you will guaranteed have the upper hand by utilizing the co-working system. In fact, you can choose from open or reserved co-working.
Working with other professionals can lead to you being more determined and inspired, with multiple professionals around, overall creating a great atmosphere for everyone involved. You can choose to be alone as you wish, where you set the rules you want to follow, and feel is best for you, but you can also have the tool that connects you to other professionals and the possibility of collaboration right at your fingertips.
Leaving your Comfort Zone, and the Possible Benefits
A good number of writers would consider themselves introverts. This makes those people few nervous and have their many doubts about utilizing a co-working environment.
Take for instance, when F.D.R. said the ever-famous quote “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” When you really think about what he was saying, he was right. Before trying something new, most people thing of 101 reasons not try that new task, or what could go wrong. What a quirky human trait, to doubt something before we have ever began to try whatever new concept that is on our mind.
Many co-working groups that involve writing, will dedicate a particular time every day to get together, share ideas and communicate. Then they will right while in that same group, then at the end will share anything else they think would be useful or that is on their mind. Yet, it isn’t just writers. It’s individuals of all specializations utilizing co-working spaces. This includes young companies.
So, don’t be afraid to go out and try something new, because who knows? It may end up being the best decision you have ever made in your professional career, and could lead you to where you want to be.
Get the Most from Technology and Collaboration
This young idea of co-working has led many companies in the Silicon Valley and more, to provide in depth supporting services which include, professional chat’s, email, and document management, as well as team management. These new tools will certainly help you work more efficiently, and help you to be ahead of the competition.
Being a freelancer can often feel lonely, being left on your own solitude day after day. Surrounding yourself by other professionals can really have an impact on this, so what are you waiting for?
Co-working is usually looked at as a time to be able to meet new professionals from all types of backgrounds, with all types of abilities. This will certainly help improve and expand your professional circle, and undoubtable will give to possible of endless options within your career. You know what they always say, it never hurts to know people. Because you never know what it will lead to one day. Collaborating with fellow professionals is one way that is guaranteed to push you farther within your career.
These are not the only benefits to co-working. Benefits are seemingly endless, and new ones gets created daily. Between financial, social, professional, and creative positives, it is easy to see why this relatively new trend is gaining so much traction.
So, if you had goals for 2017 of getting out of your comfort zone, and want to try something new, this is your chance. What are you waiting for? My father always told me to surround yourself with people who will promote personal growth, and bring out the best qualities within yourself, and that is exactly what co-working is.
Author: Katrina Manning is a content marketing specialist with BuildNicheLinks who has penned thousands of articles on business, tech, lifestyle and digital marketing for a wide variety of global B2B clients. Connect with Katrina on Twitter. Informational credit to Regus.com.au