More coworking spaces, more members… These basic forecasts for 2017 are straightforward. The interesting findings of the Global Coworking Survey, compared with previous years, are once more shown in detail. Things are looking somewhat more restrained in the new year from the perspective of freelance and entrepreneur members. On the other hand, things are strongly looking up for members who are company employees. Coworking spaces are planning yet more expansion. As options multiply, though, members are also switching to new coworking spaces more often. And half of them care very little about Donald Trump being in the White House - for the other half, the dominant sentiment is dread.
Most coworking spaces are operated as second businesses of small business owners and entrepreneurs who sought shared workspace of their own. Due to the varying different types of spaces out there, all designed and operated in different ways, it appears no two spaces utilize the same exact software tools - except a few. The 20 most popular ones we've summarised into a word cloud. In addition to the data visualization, we’ve sorted the top hundred or so into a list.
Today, the biggest worldwide study of coworking is officially underway, reflecting a better understanding of various facets behind the movement in order to support sustainable growth. In its sixth year, the Global Coworking Survey collects responses from current and former coworking space owners, operators, and members from around the world. Their responses, published into free reports, provide comprehensive results on the coworking movement. You can continue to support the movement by taking part in this year’s survey, and by becoming an official supporter.
Starting a new life as a freelancer is many things including: exciting, liberating and challenging. It looks straightforward, but of course it’s not. If you’re making the transition to freelance life, figuring out exactly how the “other side” works can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help you get off the ground a little faster.
More and more people are rejecting the 9 to 5 workday and defining themselves as self-employed. Employees all over the world are packing up their cubicles and moving into coworking spaces where they can focus on their passions and interests rather than simply trying to meet weekly targets and sit in meetings. One of the coolest and most enviable professions to emerge from the freelance movement is travel blogging.
Conferences, meet-ups or bar-camps... in the end it's less about the format and more about the people you meet. Gatherings of the industry are a terrific way to connect with coworking veterans as well as with newbies. This year, they will flock to Chiang Mai, New York City or Sevilla, just to name a few locations of the upcoming events which will take place in Spring. Here's brief overview.
Those who are not familiar with United States geography might have never heard of Rhode Island. The smallest state in the country is often confused with Long Island, which is in New York, or tends to conjure up an image of some sleepy little New England town that you might have seen once on a postcard. Yet in reality, Providence is one of the liveliest creative hubs in the country, and the little city's coworking scene is on the rise!