Over the last year, I have received a number of questions about Co-Workspace and how we became involved with Marketing Workspace. The most common question is What is Co-Workspace?
There are many perks about being able to work from home. You have a 5 second commute, and you can work in your pajamas if you want to. There are some downsides too – social interaction is pretty much nil, and there are plenty of distractions, like television, games and social media.
It can be downright lonely at times. Occasionally you may need a different place to work just for a bit of inspiration, or you might want to meet with a client in a more professional setting. That’s where co-workspace can help.
A co-workspace is essentially an office that several people share the cost of. It offers the best of both worlds: an official looking office that can give you the space you need, without breaking your budget. Everyone in the facility pays a portion of the total cost, making it affordable, practical and simple.
Co-workspaces have been becoming more popular over the last few years, and new locations are popping up on a regular basis. Prices will vary according to location and the number of people sharing the space. This type of arrangement has been used for years among freelancers, but you can now find a host of industries using co-workspaces, such as web designers, sales associates, home-based entrepreneurs, writers and programmers.
Some facilities allow users to buy a day pass, for just occasional use, or to see how it would work out for them. The fee includes a desk, chair, and includes some basic office amenities like conference rooms, coffee and tea, internet connection, as well as printer and fax usage.
One of the biggest advantages of a co-workspace is that you get that camaraderie among other freelancers, even if they don’t necessarily all work in the same field. The social interaction can do wonders for one’s inspiration, not to mention one’s sanity.
The concept seems more prevalent in North America but it could be an idea that takes the world by storm in a few years. If your area doesn’t yet have a co-workspace arrangement, it isn’t hard to organize one yourself. Just get some like-minded freelancers together and come up with a location and conditions that work for all of you. It’s much more affordable than renting premium office space and it’s better than sitting in a noisy coffee shop all day long.
Splitting the rent of a small office can be an ideal solution for those looking for affordable office space.