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The Members: How, When & Why Do They Work in Coworking Spaces?

Who are the biggest competitors of coworking spaces? During which months do the highest numbers of members sign up? And what should coworking spaces provide for their members? We have already covered some questions about members in our last article on the Global Coworking Survey. In this part, we will summarize their answers on when and why they are using coworking spaces. Additionally, you will find out how members are using coworking spaces or how they would like to use them. As always, you can download a free report of the statistics presented in this article.

  • The Members: Who Works in Coworking Spaces?

    Only people in tech-jobs work in coworking spaces? Think again. Not only do the coworking spaces keep changing, but also the members who work in them. In this article we’ll summarize the key demographics of these members. What are their jobs? Is the ratio of freelancers declining further? The following results of the Global Coworking Survey will give you some answers. As always, you can receive a free report.

  • 16 Coworking Personalities: How Many Have You Met?

    How familiar are you with coworking spaces? No matter how far your time in shared spaces spans, we think you’re ready for a bit of fun, get ready to spot some classic coworking personas! For your benefit, we’ve carefully crafted sixteen personality types to represent the many different faces of the coworking world. From Bernard the Boozer to Yogi Yolander, we’ve summarised sixteen fun personality types for your eyes only.

  • A New Income Stream? The Future of Shared Services in Coworking

    As part of the larger shared economy, businesses in coworking spaces have increased opportunities to build greater networks and partnerships, but this may not be enough to help members grow their client or customer base at speed and see their business grow. It takes more facilitation than thought by many to effectively connect people in and gain results. Could results be driven by the facilitated exchange of services and how valuable is this aspect of coworking to both members and spaces?

  • 5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Coworking Space

    Choosing a coworking space is no easy task. With new coworking spaces opening up all the time, it’d be easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis. How can professionals decide on a workspace that is as unique and fitting as their own personal ambitions? As many say, environment is everything, and finding the right environment is paramount to creativity, output, and professional fulfilment.

  • Starting a New Freelance Life in a Coworking Space

    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.

  • Coworking for Travel Bloggers

    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.

  • The Origin of the Word Freelance and Why it Should Make Us Happy

    Writing for a targeted publication such as Deskmag can have certain side effects, namely that you begin to pass the information around you through the broad filter of freelancing and coworking. You hear an album that was recorded in the artist’s bedroom and think about self-determination and access to cheap technology. You see a film about pirates and think about organization and collaboration. And you work as freelancer and think about the origin of this term.

  • Liquid Freelance in Europe: Al Dente - The Italian Style

    Recently Deskmag presented you the trials and tribulations of working independently in the United Kingdom, and Germany. Now we're heading to Italy. If you thought the UK and Germany were complicated, let’s see how it’s done more southern.

  • Liquid Freelance in Europe: The German way

    On Tuesday we kicked off our mini-series exploring the freelancer in Europe. Deskmag presented to you the trials and tribulations of working freelance in the United Kingdom, and now we are going to delve into the rather complicated ins and outs of the German bureaucratic system. What does it actually mean to be freelancing in Europe? And in the midst of the Euro-crisis and its contracting unity, how different does it get from one country to the next?

  • Liquid Freelance in Europe: British Style

    Freelancer in Europe. Sounds like a paradox - the figure of a freelance professional has flourished during the 20th century, primarily in the United States and has recently become a more important aspect of fiscal policy in Europe, despite a more rigid and regulated economic and bureaucratic structure. But, what does it actually mean to be freelancing in Europe? This will be the first article, out of a series of three, that will explore liquid freelancing in three different countries.

  • Toward a digital urban exodus

    Many cities of the world are facing an unexpected phenomenon: urban exodus. No longer constrained by a localized workspace, an increasing number of freelancers are enjoying mobility, and ultimately leaving stressful and polluted cities. After the rural exodus, following the industrial revolution, are we now facing a digital urban exodus. Perhaps this movement is now following the digital revolution?

  • Livable coworking: cohousing cultures

    Cohousing, like coworking, capitalizes on the idea that communities of people coming together and working from the bottom up can accomplish individual and group goals effectively, efficiently, and creatively. Deskmag wanted to learn more about cohousing, to see how it compliments the coworking movement.

  • Pursuing your travel dreams with coworking

    It’s easy to envy the work-life flexibility of business owners and remote workers, especially their ability to travel anywhere/anytime with little need for more than a reliable wifi connection. Have you considered what this lifestyle would be like and if you could make it work? With the availability of coworking spaces, it’s easier now to pursue your travel dreams while still maintaining a successful career.

  • The life and death of communities

    If coworking spaces are the potential source of new communities, how should they align and organize themselves to be more efficient? Here are some questions from the people from Mutinerie because - we can never stress this enough - success of a coworking space depends on its capacity to breed, gather and grow a community. In order to ensure this, we should first understand what exactly a community is: how is it born, how does it organize and how could it disappear…

  • The State of the Freelance Economy

    Is freelancing worth it? Should you trade the security of a nine-to-five for the turbulent seas of self-employment? The answer is yes. According to a survey, 90% of freelancers are happy with their chosen career. You won’t find those numbers in many so-called real jobs. For freelancers who left traditional employment behind, 38% are now earning even more than they did as an employee in the same field. Truth be told, freelancers are having their moment in the sun. There’s never been a better time to ditch the corporate rat-maze and start working on your own terms.

  • Coworking, Serendipity, And Why Size Doesn’t (Always) Matter

    Coworking breaks down the emotional barriers (and sometimes the physical ones too) that the traditional business world put up to keep us each in our place. Isolated. After working in this vacuum for a few years, its no wonder some of the best and brightest are striking out on their own, trading a little financial security for a lot of professional freedom. Coworking provides solopreneurs with exactly what they’re looking for: a place where collaboration and community are highly valued.

  • Non-Coworkers talking about Coworking Stereotypes

    Stereotypes are simplified ways of thinking. They usually attribute to a person, place, or group, and they allow someone to pass judgement without having to actually reflect on the object at hand. There are also stereotypes regarding coworking spaces. To learn more about them, most people, only know about the coworking spaces only from hearsay, but have never worked in one. Understanding stereotypes help coworking spaces to better deal with these arguments and opinions.

  • The journey of nomad coworkers

    In a previous article published by Deskmag, we observed how holiday destinations are attracting an increasingly large amount of “vacationing coworkers”. But what does it mean to be a full time nomad coworker? Thanks to the rise of coworking spaces around the world, some workers have modified their coworking style, by exploring the larger world or by doing the opposite and moving within a smaller area. So why don’t you start being a nomad coworker and make a city, a land or the world your coworking space?

  • Coworkers vs. Coffee Shop Conquerors

    What are the reasons that drive people to pick a coworking space over a coffee shop as a workplace or vice versa? A student engaged in this topic for her diploma thesis; went out to coffee houses and coworking spaces in Vienna and talked to Coworkers and Coffee Shop Conquerors about their working habits. Here's what they had to say:

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