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Advantages of coworking spaces over other offices

The living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms of the world house most workers before they decide to move to a coworking space. Far rarer is the transition from a traditional office. Are coworking spaces therefore an alternative to home offices, rather than the traditional office? How does previous workspace experience impact the coworking experience? These questions are explored in the final part of our second coworking survey... until the the third coworking survey - with a new focus - begins in a few days’ time.

  • Corporate Culture vs. Generation Y

    In the past, corporate companies were attractive because they offered their employees a sense of security (whether real or perceived). Employees began working with the hope for upward mobility within the company, ultimately building life-long relationships with their employers. However, most young professionals, or endearingly named “job hoppers”, would agree that even two years with one company seems like a lengthy tenure.

  • Coworking in the US and the EU

    The development of coworking communities depends not only on the spaces themselves, but also on the space around them. In the Global Coworking Survey, we compared and contrasted the development of the movement in the two largest coworking regions. Which coworkers feel healthier since joining a space? Which desire flexibility? Which coworking spaces connect better with one another? The 2nd Global Coworking Survey found out.

  • Trust is #1 Barrier to Sharing

    The release of two studies on the market potential of collaborative consumption in short succession suggests that sharing economy's growth is accelerating. Marketers, researchers, and venture capitalists have seen that there’s profit to be made from a participatory economy, and are commissioning studies of their own to explore the promise and potential.

  • The profile of ex-coworkers & non-coworkers

    As more coworking spaces open their doors, more people become acquainted with them, and coworking spaces in turn attract more new members. But it is not quite so simple for everyone. While the movement grows, there are some who forgo joining a space, even if they would prefer to work in one. Others renounce their membership and return to their home office, despite their continued interest in coworking spaces.

  • Why Startups are good for the economy

    There is widespread consensus that a bad economy is a good financial climate for a startup. Indeed, in light of the startup boom which some are dubbing the ‘startup economy’, this may well prove true. As this trend continues to grow, however, the startup economy is emerging in its own right, now possessing its own market force and instigating a string of positive effects on the economy at large.

  • How do Freelancers, Employees and Entrepreneurs cowork?

    Freelancers continue to dominate the membership base of coworking spaces, but an increasing percentage of the membership classifies itself as employees, numbering around a quarter worldwide and a third in the U.S. Approximately one in nine members are entrepreneurs, running a business with employees. How do these professional statuses influence the expectations each have of a coworking space?

  • Coworking strengthens weak ties

    In his classic 1973 paper The Strength of Weak Ties, Stanford professor Mark Granovetter described the powerful role that "weak ties" – links among people who are not closely associated - play in spreading ideas, finding jobs and helping people join together for action.

  • What coworking members want

    The ideal coworking space would offer 24-hour access, have an even number of flexible and permanent desks, and would involve members in decisions about the interior design. That’s the picture drawn by the 2nd Global Coworking Survey, which asked coworkers what they want from their workspace.

  • The members of coworking spaces

    There are two myths about coworking that seem to stick around. Before members joined a coworking space, they often worked in coffee shops. And because business centers offer flexible desks, they are a threat to coworking spaces. One of these myths is conditionally true, the other is a dud.

  • Getting rid of coworker exploitation

    Coworking spaces can sometimes seem like utopian work environments. Yet the threat of old-fashioned corporate exploitation still exists for the independent workers within them. While being free of corporate hierarchies, coworkers still struggle with unequal power relationships.

  • The Health of the Mobile Workforce

    It’s no secret that mobile technologies like smart phones, tablets, and personal wireless hotspots, have made it possible for people to take their work, as well as their entertainment, with them anywhere they go. But is it healthy to always be accessible by clients, customers, and colleagues?

  • New Work Trends and Corporate Scepticism in the New Economy

    The year 2011 has been a bleak one for international markets. The repercussions of the Global Financial Crisis of 2009 are still being felt, and the global economic climate is far form the image of prosperity. Distrust towards the corporate world and an emergence of new business and work trends can be observed, creating fertile ground for the coworking movement in 2012.

  • Coworking gets political power

    The first coworker was elected to parliament. Simon Kowalewski from Yorck52 coworking space was voted into the Berlin parliament as a member of the Pirate Party in the recent city-state elections. We spoke to him about his experience as an activist and coworker, and what influence it will have on his political decisions.

  • Three in a hundred freelancers go coworking

    Three percent of freelancers use coworking spaces or shared offices, two percent work from cafes, while 90% still work from home. Those are findings from the Freelance Industry Report 2011, a worldwide study released recently.

  • How to attract women to coworking

    The Global Coworking Survey found that most coworkers are in their mid-twenties to late thirties, with an average age of 34. Two-thirds are men, one third are women. Those spaces that are predominantly male are very interested in reaching out to connect with what some consider the untapped freelancing audience: women. So, how can you possibly attract more women?

  • Enthusiast, Pragmatist, or Realist: Which type of coworker are you?

    We already know a fair bit about coworkers. Five students from a Berlin university found many similarities and differences between coworkers, and created a typology that helps us better understand the movement.

  • Why continuing education is essential for freelancers

    Lots of people hear the word “freelance” and interpret it to mean “between jobs.” While it might be true that some aspects of a freelance job are less concrete than punching a clock in an office building every day, many freelancers feel more secure with a diverse array of clients and skills to choose from. The key to sustaining freelance success is continuing your education.

  • Why Freelance Jobs Are More Secure Than Office Jobs

    Lots of people think that freelancing is something you do when you can’t find a real job. Some people say they could never live without the security of a traditional job. But what’s so great about living with the fear that an HR person you’ve never met will decide your job’s not necessary any more?

  • Who do you share your power outlet with?

    The person sitting next to you could be your next business partner. That was the experience of Parker Whitney and Jake O’Brien, who founded an exciting games development company Flyclops.com after meeting at Indyhall in Philadelphia. Here’s a simple and inspiring story of what can occur when coworking really works.

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