There are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding coworking, especially since the word itself evokes the "coworker" of the corporate world and conventional business office.
This post debunks the top 5 myths about coworking.
Myth #1: It’s no different from renting office space.
Many think, “If I’m going to pay for a coworking membership, I might as well rent an office.”
Here are some key differences:
· Leasing office space typically requires a long-term contract, while coworking allows you to sign a month-to-month agreement. As a coworker, you’re not responsible for utilities, ink, or other office amenities. In fact, you can choose your membership level based on your specific needs.
· Working alone, whether in a private office space or from home, can be isolating. This often leaves people feeling despondent or burnt out.
· Coworking provides you with a new way to cultivate innovation. Working alongside others allows for networking opportunities and feedback on your projects. We all know that it can be challenging to implement an idea when your resources are limited and you only have your own expertise to rely on.
Myth #2: You have to be quiet.
A coworking space is all about access to a larger community. Within this community, we hope you’ll find others on the same path as you or with similar goals. While such collaborative energy is typically accompanied by its fair share of chatter, it never gets louder than normal conversation. And should the collaboration get too spirited, we offer dedicated phone booths and other meeting spaces that can mitigate noise levels and offer you some privacy.
Myth #3: There’s no room to scale up.
Your company is gaining traction, and you’re in need of more employees. It’s a good problem to have! Many mistakenly believe that a coworking space can’t accommodate a larger operation. On the contrary, coworking spaces are designed to help you grow. We can help you rent extra seats or upgrade your company to a private office without the hassle of relocating. The coworking model is a great way to reduce overhead costs while building your brand.
Myth #4: Coworking is only for [insert niche industry].
Coworking is not limited to one industry or one type of worker. While we aim to support entrepreneurs and startups to promote job growth in our region, that doesn’t exclude other professionals and workers from utilizing the space and being part of the community.
Coworking was made for anyone who needs a place to work or create—freelancers, remote workers for national and international companies, web developers, podcasters, writers, higher-ed students, and more. Plus, with the availability of technology and more and more companies granting flexible work arrangements to their employees, coworking is a popular option.
Coworking's not just for individuals either. Corporations are now choosing to house their satellite offices in coworking spaces. It’s much cheaper than opening a new location for only a handful of employees, allows employees to meet clients in a professional atmosphere, and gives them all the tools they need to conduct business efficiently.
Myth #5: Coworking is only for big cities.
Coworking isn’t just for urban centers anymore. Coworking works in small towns because it fills the need for access to a community of entrepreneurs and resources that a bigger city provides. It offers a place to work close to home, cutting your commute significantly but also providing you with a highly functional, all-inclusive workspace without the distractions of home. Collaborative workspaces energize rural areas by infusing entrepreneurial activity and bringing people together.
Now that you have a better idea of what coworking really is, are you ready to give it a try? Sign up with our one-day drop-in pass! You might just find your dream place to work.