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Coworking or co-working?

How do you react if you see your own name spelled incorrectly? You can live with it for a while, and ask for a correction occassionally. But you might get angry if it occurs constantly, and if your correction requests go unheard. The same goes for part of the coworking community, which is quite annoyed about the hyphenation of the name. Here’s a little story about the controversy, and the arguments for and against co-working.

  • Five tips for managing international clients

    Sometimes the best paying or most exciting client is located halfway around the world, rather than next door. If you’re thinking about taking on an international client, there are challenges you might not be aware of.

  • Finding community when there’s no coworking space

    A coworking community can be a second home for its members. But what happens when the only coworking space closes or you have to move to a different city? It’s important to have a plan for survival until you can join a new coworking community.

  • How to get motivated after a time off

    Vacation hangover. I need a vacation from my vacation. Whatever you call it, it’s an issue for every freelancer on the planet. Working for yourself takes mountains of motivation. It’s not easy to get up and start your day early, when absolutely no one would yell at you for sleeping until noon.

  • How to optimize your coworking space

    Have you ever typed “I hate my office” into a search engine? Google spits out nearly 6 million results for that query. In contrast, not a single result is returned for “I hate my coworking space”. Space operators must be doing something right. Of course, there are always things that can be improved. As regular visitors to coworking spaces worldwide, we at Deskmag identified some neuralgic points.

  • Ten Mobile Apps for Traveling Freelancers

    One of the reasons freelancers enjoy coworking is that it provides the opportunity to participate in a global community of like-minded professionals without being tied down to one office. Most coworking spaces offer a free or very affordable drop-in option. Although you may feel right at home in coworking spaces around the world, it’s still a little awkward to be working out of your laptop bag.

  • 5 ebooks every freelancer should read

    Two days ago was the first official day of summer on the upper side of the globe, and although that means the kiddos are out of school, freelancers are still hard at work. If you’re planning to take a few days for yourself now that the weather is nice, preparing a summer reading list can help you expand your mind while working on your tan.

  • Capital C - How to build a community

    Coworking is all about building communities anchored around a shared space. These days, some of the fastest growing communities are being built online. There’s a few things offline communities could learn from online ones, which is why today we’re presenting a few tips from David Noël, community manager at SoundCloud.

  • Close enough? - The Amsterdam Incubation Experiment

    How close do individuals need to be physically to exchange inspiration and ideas? Extremely close, according to a study of a shared workspace in Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is home to a new style of low-cost workspace that encourages collaboration - similar in concept to coworking, but with a slight twist. A recent study tested how proximity affects real interaction between individuals working in the space.

  • Coworking: An Easy Way To Green Your Business

    These days, almost everyone is looking for ways to be green, but just like Kermit said, it’s not always easy. By working for yourself, instead of a bloated company full of time and resource-wasting bureaucracy, you’re already pretty lean and mean. But coworking instead of working from home could help you reduce your impact even further. Here’s how:

  • Three useful tools for new coworkers

    These days, many people start to work in a coworking space for the first time. Those new to coworking are often amazed that groups of people sitting together in the same room can really be productive. While it’s true that coworkers often have super-human talents, they also have some tricks up their sleeves.

  • The coworking pyramid of needs

    Do you remember the good old pyramid of human needs by Maslow? According to Maslow, the needs at the base of the pyramid must be satisfied before being able to satisfy higher ones. It turns out this can be effectively applied to coworking. Each coworking space has to focus on providing some basic services before being able to deliver the true value of coworking. In other words, don’t start giving yoga lessons before being sure you’ve got a reliable WiFi connection and a highly functional space.

  • The 1st Global Coworking Survey

    Between January and April 2011, Deskmag analysed the results of the first Global Coworking Survey and published them in a series of twelve themed articles, which are listed here as a summary. Through our analysis we wanted to provide coworking spaces with helpful information to better understand and serve their members.

  • How to create a local group for freelancers to meet-up

    Coworking naturally creates community—it’s the beauty of freelancers and independents working together in a shared office space. No doubt you’ve benefited from this coworking community goodness. But have you ever thought about having a group that is more focused on a niche you’re interested in? Here are eight easy steps for how to create a local meet-up group for other freelancers and small business owners.

  • The lost value of coworking: wellness

    When we scored the coworking.com domain early last year, my personal goal was to have a digital placeholder for the word “coworking” and tie it to the shared core values of the community: collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability. As I watch announcements of new coworking spaces pour in, and the beginnings of another of my predictions being fulfilled at an equally alarming rate, I’m seeing yet another pattern emerge. // A guest article by Alex Hillman of IndyHall.

  • 3 Ways To Cultivate A More Vibrant Coworking Community

    Coworking communities are unique collections of people that can provide just enough sun, rain, and fertilizer for your ideas to grow and bloom. However, just like you can’t just toss a sack of seeds into the dirt and expect to get a garden, you can’t just sit in your seat with your headphones on, waiting for the community to nurture you.

  • Profitable coworking business models

    Over the past five years, the growth rate of coworking spaces has averaged 100% each year. Yet at the same time almost one in five coworking spaces has closed its doors, according to Emergent Research. The income from renting desks often doesn’t cover all the costs. What are the models of sustainable success?

  • How to welcome new members to your coworking space

    If you’re a coworking space catalyst or a coworking space owner, you should probably have a welcome mat in front of your space. Okay, not necessarily a literal welcome mat. I’m talking about making new members feel welcome by doing the basic “host”-type duties in your space. While these my seem like no-brainer things to do, I’ve discovered that in some coworking spaces, these things are simply not happening. However, some actions are musts.

  • How to crush the spirit of community with private offices

    "Several years ago, I asked my mom where she keeps the plastic wrap for leftovers. She replied, 'I don’t believe in it.' My initial reaction was that she was crazy! It obviously exists! You can buy it and lots of people use it every day. She said, 'well, I don’t really care about those people, it has never worked for me.' Today I think the same about private offices, I don’t believe in them.” Angel Kwiatkowksi writes about why privates offices weaken a community.

  • An Easy Way to Build and Foster a Coworking Community: Tell your story

    People thrive on stories. Whether fact, fiction or a little of both, as is most often the case: Stories are what bind us together, as friends, families, companies, religious group, political sway or country. Stories can also enhance the connectedness of coworking communities. We all have to tell something, whether our own personal story or the story of our business. However you’re involved in coworking, tell your story. Here are a few suggestions.

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