We believe the co-working boom is yet to reach its full potential and the possibilities of co-working are limitless. As the idea of co-working spaces in the UK continues to grow and see large numbers of self-employed people and part-time telecommuters take up part-time residence in different locations from day-to-day, what could possibly be next for the co-working idea?
Benefits of Co-Working
The basic ideals of co-working will always stay the same; it’s a successful premise and one that enables many people to thrive in often difficult business circumstances. Individuals who own start-up businesses, or work from home as self-employed people, use co-working spaces to give them that office-like space that you just don’t get at home. A co-working space offers the chance to stay motivated and productive, whereas at home you might be tempted to have one too many cups of tea and sit in front of the television for a much longer break than you would in an office. A co-working location also provides a diverse catalogue of individuals, from all sorts of different business backgrounds and experiences. It can be inspiring and help you thrive and create long-lasting bonds. You could end up meeting your next customer or supplier, or even a friend. Co-working spaces are great alternatives to break up the monotony of your work life, and they are already beginning to evolve.
Events and Longer Stays
There are now possibilities to keep people interested in co-working through various events. You can combine a networking event with a co-working space, so you can work in a leisurely environment, have a cup of coffee and a croissant first thing in the morning and make connections with others, and have your desk ready to go once you’ve finished. It’s a simple link between networking and working that is possible when you’re not tied to a single location. Another option for co-working spaces is to have themed meetings and afternoons, either industry/location specific or not where you can combine the working spaces with business advice from experts, on-site to help out with any queries or tasks. An interesting development in the US has seen a start-up co-working company combine work spaces with holiday time so individuals can block book days, rather than hours as is usual with co-working, in a retreat with amazing scenery. The idea is that you have all the aspects of a co-working space that you need to work, the Wi-Fi, desk space, amenities, but you combine it with a holiday feel, scenery that can and will inspire you and get to know others on the same trip. It really is an interesting idea that shows just how far the industry has come, and where it could potentially go.