Networking:

At any given moment throughout your day at a coworking space, you’re surrounded by professionals whose businesses might benefit your own. So, instead of researching and going online to find someone to help you out with a certain project, you simply have to walk around and strike up a conversation with a few people. This way, you can quickly and easily create a network of people who are working on projects similar to yours, and can help you out when you need it.

Professional opinions are close at hand:

This is the twin to networking, but is a bit less formal. When you’re surrounded by people of all different professions, it’s usually no too hard to ask the person next to you for a quick opinion on your new tagline, or asking the SEO guy down the hall to run over your work. It’s not good to bug people, mind you, but as the classical saying goes: Give and Ye shall receive. Keep an open mind to people asking for advice, and they are more likely to return the favor.

Client-friendly meeting places:

While working out of the house does seem like a fun thing to do, your kitchen is not the best place to hold a business meeting. In a coworking space, however, the conference rooms available to you are clean and quiet, perfect for meeting with other people. The schedules for these rooms are usually not too crammed, and they’re only a few feet away from your office.

Very low overhead for start-ups:

For a business that is just starting, renting a whole office and furnishing it is simply too expensive all too often. With a coworking space, rooms and memberships can be rented according to how many people are in the company, and at a much cheaper price than a whole personal office. This also benefits freelancers and self-employed people who have the same problem.

Keep yourself social and “out there”:

One of the biggest drawbacks to working at home, at cafés, or in small offices with only three or four people is that you often catch yourself feeling lonely, and craving even the smallest of conversations with other people. A coworking space is an incredibly easy cure for this, as you’re always surrounded by people, and even if you aren’t always in a sparkling conversation, I know firsthand that just having a social atmosphere around you where you can hear other people is often enough to brighten your day.

 

Mathias Jacobson

Mathias is a high school student from Seattle, Washington who has lived in Panama and Guatemala. He's interested in entrepreneurship, and social impact.. He loves to write and seeks to learn from people following their passions and living exciting lives.