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Real estate agents: friends or foes?

Most coworking spaces have a negative opinion of real estate agents. They represent the old way of managing workspace, with their contracts, commissions and preconceptions. Next week the Austin coworking conference will host a panel about how some real estate agents are changing the way they do business to embrace collaborative workspaces. “We love coworking, not for the money it generates for us, but for the potential upheaval that it represents,” one agent said.

  • The development of coworking spaces

    The coworking movement is growing, not just on a worldwide level, but also within each city. The Global Coworking Survey shows that the more spaces a city has, the more profitable all of them become. Today’s analysis of the survey data focuses on the development of coworking spaces.

  • The impact of coworking spaces on the local economy

    There are some who still view coworking as a quirky niche instead of the future of work. While it’s true that coworking isn’t for everyone, and certainly doesn’t work for every industry, coworking can serve as both a model and a hub for creating better communities at large.

  • Quantum Coworking

    When trying to define a new word in an exhaustive manner, you always risk stopping its evolution, reducing an emerging concept to a frozen reality, and sometimes nipping it in the bud before it blooms.

  • Coworking... with children

    Very few coworking spaces provide child care in order to afford one or both of the parents the opportunity to work in peace. The service requires a greater deal of investments, while the related legal requirements often need even more investments. We visited three coworking spaces which, despite these additional challenges, still dare to take them on.

  • Coworking Forecast 2012

    More than one in three coworking spaces plan to expand by opening a new location in the coming year. That’s one of the major takeaways from today’s release of results from the 2nd Global Coworking Survey, which focuses on the development of coworking in 2012.

  • Interaction inside and between coworking spaces

    Coworking spaces are collaborative workspaces, and interaction should be one of their main offerings. How much interaction actually goes on inside these new workspaces? And how do they link to each other, both within their own cities and across borders?

  • 'Free' coworking: the Dutch experiment

    Here’s a concept that will make coworking space operators feel squeamish: free coworking. In the Netherlands, using a desk in a shared workspace often costs nothing at all. Not only that, but some open workspaces provide a free buffet lunch. How does this work, when most of coworking spaces rely on desk rental for their income around the rest of the world? How should small coworking spaces react if a “freeworking” center opens nearby? Deskmag took a train to Utrecht to find some answers.

  • How profitable are coworking spaces?

    Coworking spaces work on different business principles from other companies. Most of them don’t hide their prices, nor do they lock people into long contracts. But can we realistically describe coworking as “succesful” when only 40% of spaces are currently profitable? The answer is yes – when you take into account some simple factors. Especially time: 72% of all coworking spaces become profitable after two years in operation.

  • The birth of coworking spaces

    The coworking movement has roughly doubled in size each year since 2006. The latest Deskmag survey shows there are now more than 1100 spaces worldwide. But how much does it cost to open a coworking space? Where do founders get their money? And how many founders are needed to start a space? The second part of our Global Coworking Survey series starts at the very beginning – opening a coworking space.

  • Is coworking the new incubator?

    The concept of the business incubator was born in an old factory divided up to house many small companies, including a chicken hatchery. Today incubators are facing challenges, especially those that exist on public funds. Their closed-door approach is contrasted with coworking’s open attitude. Does coworking now introduce a policy of openness to incubators? Or do coworking spaces even pose a threat to the concept of business incubation?

  • Five big myths about coworking

    As a concept, coworking emerged in the late 1990s among the tech crowd. In the wake of dot-com bust, the idea sputtered and lost its footing. Then, around 2005, it was revived by Brad Neuberg. But over the last couple of years, coworking has evolved and matured. Here we tackle and debunk five myths about coworking to show how much it has changed and is redefining how we work.

  • Home Office, Coffee Shop, or Coworking Space? A comparison.

    Why should someone choose a coworking space, instead of just staying at home? Here’s an in-depth comparison of the various options open to individuals. Some unexpected findings: noise in a coffee shop helps some people focus better; and some entrepreneurs report 30% of their business comes through their coworking network.

  • A wish list for coworking

    Developments that you can see in advance don’t always meet your personal needs. A few days ago, we asked coworking activists and operators where they see the coworking scene in five years. Today we are presenting their wishes surrounding this question. It’s not just about dreams. This type of wishful thinking is the basis of many plans before they become a reality.

  • The future of coworking

    We took a look at the future of coworking and asked nine coworking activists and space operators for their opinions about the likely developments over the next five years. Most predicted that the concept would expand to a much wider portion of the labor market. If that’s the case, perhaps the word “coworking” will become known simply as “working”.

  • Coworking 101: A new definition

    How often do you talk about coworking spaces? Rather often, I’d guess, since you are reading this article. While we each have a certain concept of a coworking space, our ideas are not entirely identical. What's more, these concepts are rather vague, revolving around an idea, but not pinning it down.

  • Exceptional coworking space models

    Does focusing on a niche market improve a coworking space’s success? Or does it reduce the opportunity for cross-pollination and network building? In this second part in our series on exceptional coworking models, we look at niche spaces, as well as shared company rooms and sponsored spaces.

  • The infrastructure of coworking spaces

    The original coworking space offered five to eight desks two days a week, along with shared lunches, meditation breaks, bike tours, and a strict closing time of 5.45pm. Today there are over 880 coworking spaces worldwide, but what they offer is considerably different from that first location.

  • The Coworking Project

    Can the concept of coworking operate inside traditional offices? Sure, says Massimo Carraro, initiator of the Coworking Project, which since 2009 has shown how small and large companies can welcome external freelancers into their offices. There are now 57 spaces across Italy and one in Barcelona.

  • Exceptional coworking space models

    As the number of coworking spaces blooms, so to does the range of business models that they use to sustain themselves. Whether big or small, old or new, each coworking space can take some inspiration from different coworking models. This article is the first in a series which highlights exceptional examples.

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