15 May 2012 ~ 12 Comments

23 Ways Coworking Will Change Your Career (and Your Life) for the Better

Post Author: gerard.

I’m a writer and when I tell people I rent office space, I can tell they’re often thinking, “what a waste of money.” I mean, sure, I could work at home and save a little cash. We have an extra room with a door and everything. But, honestly, there are so many benefits to my coworking membership that I wouldn’t give it up any sooner than my iPhone.

Here are just a few of the ways coworking can change your life and career:

1. You’ll get twice as much work done at your new co-working desk than you did at home. Really and truly. It’s reverse peer pressure or something.

2. That side project you’re trying to launch? Now you work side-by-side with a bunch of writers, designers, developers and video people who can help you make it happen.

3. Your client needs a big website? But you can only handle part of the project? See number two. Now you can assemble a team to meet those needs in a flash. Or earn some brownie points with a referral.

4. Avoid elderly shut-in syndrome. Seriously, there’s magic just to getting out of the house and talking with real people. Your cat has already heard ALL your best stories.

5. Keep work from bleeding into every corner of your personal life. It’s easier to create a healthy work/life balance when “leaving it at the office” doesn’t refer to the spare bedroom.

6. You’ll effortlessly keep up with all the latest Internet memes. Like this one. Or maybe this one. And I’ll go ahead and throw in a totally self-serving link.

7. It solves annoying business problems. After whining about bookkeeping, my office mates introduced me to a wondrous thing known as Fresh Books.

8. You’ll build and expand your professional network. Even when you’re too busy to make it to that Meetup/event/cocktail thing-y that you didn’t really want to go to anyway.

9. Your grandma will start to think you have a real job. Maybe your mom, too. It’s something about going to an office that impresses the older relatives.

10. Have you looked at your tax bill yet? Your co-working membership is one more awesome thing to decrease your taxable income.

11. Creative energy is contagious. Being around other people working on awesome projects makes you more excited about your awesome projects.

12. If you’re a parent with kids at home, I hear it’s delightful to work in an adults-only space. No crying or tantrums or impromptu Candyland games (well, most of the time).

13. You’ll have people to bounce ideas off in real time. Not sure if that headline is too nutty? Or need advice on a client issue? Ask your desk neighbor.

14. There’s almost always beer and wine in the fridge. And no one cares if you break it out at, say, 3:30 on a Friday afternoon.

15. Wow, you now have two conference rooms at your disposal for client meetings. Or just to take a private phone call. Aren’t you fancy?

16. When you do decide to go to a Meetup/event/cocktail thing-y to network, you won’t have to go far. We host a bunch of them right here in the space.

17. Want to hold an event for you own industry or professional group? Your membership gives you 24/7 access to the space, and you can hold those events here for free.

18. Umm, sunshine=happiness. And we work in an awesome light-filled loft in a historic building. We’re even convinced there might be a secrete passageway somewhere.

19. You’ll sound (and be smarter) in all those client meetings. It’s easier to keep up with what’s going on in the business and tech worlds when you have office mates.

20. You can still work at home when you feel like it. I do it a couple days a week. A coworking membership doesn’t cost all that much, so you don’t have to feel bad about not going every day.

21. You’ll have real-life co-workers again, but no boss. Or weird corporate rules about what you can put on your desk. It’s the best of both worlds.

22. We know all the awesome lunch spots. And want you to come with us. Just be prepared to hear about the latest Internet meme (see # 6).

23. Co-workers are better than a personal cheerleading squad. They want your business—and your most offbeat side projects—to be smashing successes.

Did you make it all the way to the end of this post? You should definitely set up a time to drop in and work with us. We’re even better in person.

- Written by Michelle Taute, Cincinnati Coworks Member, @michelletaute




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  • http://www.workfromhomewisdom.com/ Judy Heminsley

    I know all these points are absolutely true, and I use coworking spaces when I’m away from home. But after more than 20 years of working from home, old habits die hard! Maybe next month…

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  • Sandra Lopes

    This
    contact that the coworking spaces offer the entrepreneurs before suffering from
    the isolation of the home office is great! I am working in a coworking space
    about 3 years in http://www.coworking-itaim.com.br and recommend it to everyone to
    have a first contact with a space like this.

  • Gillyflowergirl

    Absolutely true. Having a spot at Franklin Creative Suite in Franklin, TN has changed the way I work and even how I live. When I am there I work, when I am at home I don’t feel guilty about not working.

  • AA

    Couldn’t agree more! I have been working at a coworking space in Columbus Ohio called Qwirk – http://www.qwirkcolumbus.com and it is the best decision I have ever made. It is so much more efficient than working from more.

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  • Digital Commute

    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve spent the past months in co-working spaces in Cape Town (http://www.digital-commute.com/top-3-co-working-spaces-cape-town/) and it has been a great experience.

  • Chrystal M.

    I have been working from home for about 14 years now (off and on to start) and exclusively for 6. I have been looking into coworking for many years, but unfortunately, I live in a very rural area and driving really far doesn’t appeal to me. Hopefully, a move is in my future. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of starting my own coworking space as I see a need , even in my rural area. Maybe, someday. Something to think about.

  • Ken

    I was working from home for 6 years when I discovered coworking during a business trip in Berlin. Back to Brussels, I joined Factory Forty ( https://www.factoryforty.be/en ). It will be two years in january and nobody could make me go back home working! CoWorking is definitely the way people will work in the future.