Entrepreneurship and remote employment offer their fair share of perks – the ability to work from almost anywhere, freedom to be selective in choosing projects, and flexibility in scheduling and work hours. For many people, independence is a fundamental pillar on which they base the value of a remote or self-employment scenario.
With that being said, this type of career structure also comes with its own unique challenges. It’s not always easy to operate solo or in small numbers.
But the rise of coworking spaces offers an alternative option for professionals facing those challenges.
Here’s how coworking spaces can reinvigorate remote employees and entrepreneurs.
1. Be Among Unlike Minds
There’s truth to the saying “the more you know, the less you know” and a coworking space can help illustrate this point in a positive way.
Traditional offices offer easy access to insight and perspective simply based on volume of colleagues – you can troubleshoot problems in the lunch room or pick someone’s brain in passing in the hall. Remote employees and small business owners may not get that same benefit from their work environments.
Coworking spaces offer insight and perspective from a plethora of professionals spanning an array of industries. Each individual coworking office hosts its own unique, diverse mix of freelancers, remote workers and independent professionals working together in a communal setting.
They say great minds think alike, but unlike minds often make for outside-the-box thinking and creative collaboration.
2. Have a Community Culture
Coworking spaces offer a unique culture. They eliminate traditional office friction points like direct competition and internal politics, in turn allowing work to take priority. Coworking offices also encourage collaboration and a culture of helping each other, with each member possessing a unique skill-set to share.
It can also be lonely to work remotely or work individually. The idea of coworking goes beyond sharing space. It takes on the form of a social movement that holds the principles of community, collaboration, learning and sustainability at its epicenter. This sense of shared purpose makes the space more than just somewhere to work – it becomes a community that members are proud to be a part of.
3. Find Networking and Business Growth Opportunities
There is also a distinct business benefit presented by coworking spaces: they offer outstanding networking opportunities that can lead to quantifiable business growth.
While coworking colleagues may work in different fields, connections in the shared space community may result in referrals to extended networks. For example, a lawyer and an accountant sharing a coworking space may not have a need for each other’s services, but they may know somebody who does.
4. Balance Autonomy and Structure
Coworking spaces offer a self-dictated balance between autonomy and structure. While it’s not mandatory to show up, they provide a structured environment that is free of distractions.
At the same time, coworking spaces tend to offer flexible hours so that this structured environment is available any time of day and night, allowing coworkers to dictate the structure of their own day rather than being confined by typical office hours.
5. Get a Personally Tailored Work Environment
While the social aspects of coworking are readily available, they’re not compulsory. Coworkers can choose to engage with the community around them when they need to get the creative juices flowing, or retire to a quiet place to work individually when they need to buckle down. This allows coworkers to tailor their work environment proactively according to their needs.
Self-employment and remote employment offer their own unique benefits and come with their own unique set of challenges. Coworking spaces encompass the collaborative and structured nature of traditional office environments while offering a stimulating work culture and community, making them a tailored and customizable solution for those facing the challenge associated with working individually.