Almost 300,000 people have worked in nearly 6000 coworking spaces worldwide by the end of this year. The coworking movement acquires maturity, expanding with bigger spaces and more locations, an higher diversity of business models, and exploring more niches. This development will be also reflected in more coworking events next year. Asia's first coworking unconference will be held in Bali. The Global Coworking Unconference Conference is going to California. However, it won't take place only once, but three times, by popping up in Australia and Canada as well. And Africa will get its first dedicated conference on coworking, in Cape Town. It's time to mark your fresh calendar with the upcoming major events on coworking in 2015!
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. With the ability to download your favorite albums in virtually minutes (for free) online, musicians have had to find alternative ways to make a living. Professionals in the music industry often turn to crowd-sourcing as a means of funding their work, but remain unsuccessful, as profitable campaigns are often dependent on a strong supportive community. But how do you build a community outside of the various social-media platforms that you depend on for promotion? Well, that's where coworking comes in...
The ongoing technology platform shifts to Cloud and Mobile Computing will continue as long term drivers of change in 2015. While each is important and powerful on its own – and both have been listed individually multiple times in our top 10 lists from prior years - their growing convergence is amplifying their impact and fundamentally altering how business is done.
Coworking is a growing trend. Each year, more and more freelancers decide to share a space with like-minded professionals as a way to avoid work-from-home distractions. However, some freelancers are still skeptics. Renting a desk at a coworking space could mean losing your freedom to work in pajamas, and could add an extra cost to your budgets. But there are eight reasons at least why it's worth to join a coworking space.
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.
Many entrepreneurs are opting to build their companies in digital nomad hubs where living costs are low and startup ecosystems are thriving, such as Berlin, Chang Mai, and Ubud. And as the lines between lifestyle and work blur, entrepreneurs are seeking out alternative arrangements for how they create and ideate.
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!