Imagine stumbling upon a place that can help you start your dream company, provide the resources to thrive, and the workspace to launch it. Enter: Wherk, An Inspirational Community And Coworking Space Created For Women On The Move. New to Tallahassee, wHERk was designed with “her” in mind.
But wait, what exactly IS coworking and who is it for?
Coworking can be defined as the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.
Coworking spaces meet the needs of our ever-evolving economy. More employers are hiring remote workers to lower overhead costs and reduce their bottom line.
New businesses are growing at a fast pace. Plus, the gig economy is taking off and many people are doing freelance work. By the year 2020, it is believed that 40% of the US workforce will be self-employed. These new working trends are great for our economy. But, for the individual, it can be challenging.
Whether you’re a stay at home mom working on your personal blog, an emerging entrepreneur launching an e-commerce site, or a state employee that works remotely, coworking is a great option for anyone looking for a change of pace and a sense of community.
A much-cited African proverb states: “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Working from home is great. But finding a coworking space where you can get the support you truly need to succeed is even better.
WARNING: Side effects of utilizing a coworking space include increased productivity, work community, and energy boosts resulting from guzzling free coffee.
Unsure of what coworking space is right for you? Consider your needs. Do you need a dedicated desk five days a week? Do you need a venue open 24/7 in case sudden inspiration strikes? Free coffee refills? Instagram and Pinterest-worthy decor? Here are five real reasons to work from a coworking space.
1.SENSE OF COMMUNITY:
Coworking is all about community and collaboration. Creating an environment where you don’t feel like you are going through life alone. Working from home can be isolating. In a coworking space, you are around a group of other like-minded individuals who have chosen a similar independent lifestyle.
One of the best parts about being around a community of fellow coworkers is that you have others to bounce ideas off of. Plus, you can choose when to interact act and when to focus, but you still have the energy flow of being an in office.
2. NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES:
Being apart of a coworking space puts you in a community with professionals in various industries. Meaning, every day at the office is an opportunity to connect with another small business owner, service provider or potential client. Need a bookkeeper? There may be one sitting across for you.
Mingling with your fellow coworkers is a way to discover what others do. You never know, you may meet your next mentor or business partner. Coworking is also great for word of mouth marketing. The different community events and mixers allow you to hang with other professionals in a low-pressure environment where you can discuss your business.
Leasing a traditional office space can be expensive. Not only are you looking at price per square foot, but there is sales tax, internet, electricity, phone service, liability insurance, and other overhead fees to consider.
Coworking spaces offer fully equipped office spaces without the worry, hassle, and cost that goes into leasing your own space.
At wHERk, our full-time memberships are as low as $127.50 a month and that gives you full access to the space.
4. PROFESSIONAL MEETING LOCATION:
Jumping from coffee house to book store can be daunting when client meetings. Coworking spaces give you options where you can host client meetings and even workshops. There‘s an air of professionalism and trust that comes along with meeting your clients in an office environment vs random locations.
5. SPACE AMENITIES
Aside from providing a space to work and be productive, coworking spaces also provide many perks and benefits and for its members.
Those can range from personal and professional development courses to health and wellness sessions, from fitness classes and food service to conference rooms.
Some spaces offer dedicated media rooms, beauty rooms, and showers. Delivery and mail sorting, unlimited drinks such as coffee, tea, wine, and lemonade. One of the best perks is concierge services; someone can run your errands while you work.
As you can see, joining a coworking space comes with many upsides. Want to experience the environment for yourself? Click here to join us for a day.