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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. Freelancers know, however, that there’s nothing more real than being the CEO, COO, and CFO of a small business all at once. Some people say they could never live without the security of a traditional job. And I say, what’s so secure about it? 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? Or knowing that an executive in Europe could decide that the U.S. branch isn’t as profitable as it should be, and close it down tomorrow?

  • 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 after meeting at Indyhall in Philadelphia. Here’s a simple and inspiring story of what can occur when coworking really works.

  • Coworking fits all generations

    Most coworking spaces are melting pots of individuals from all ages. Our final part of the Global Coworking Survey reveals some key differences between the needs of younger and older coworkers. As they age, coworkers work less, are more flexible, and are more loyal to their coworking space. Younger coworker, by contrast, are more likely to require dedicated desks and 24-hour access.

  • Beware the 4-year drop: Coworker attitudes change over time

    After four years in a coworking space, members begin to lose their satisfaction and attachment. They come in to the office less often and make plans to leave altogether. The Global Coworker Survey shows that the needs and attitudes of coworkers change the longer they stay in their workspace. They switch from flexible to permanent desks, from office hours to 24/7 plans, and desire better infastructure. What can coworking spaces do to retain members?

  • Why people don't cowork (yet)

    We’ve reported a lot about coworking spaces and their members. Today we look at the people who might be interested in joining a coworking space, and the possible reasons they haven’t done so yet. The two most important reasons first: either there is simply no coworking space in their vicinity, or they are tied to jobs in companies. About one in eight non-coworkers said price was a barrier to their participation – but sadly these people are the ones who could benefit the most from coworking.

  • Profiling Coworkers in the United States

    The average U.S. coworker is young, male, well-educated, works in Tech, lives close to their coworking facility and is quite satisfied with coworking. This profile comes from an analysis by Emergent Research of the U.S. data from the 1st Global Coworking Survey - which were shared with Deskmag and other coworking groups as organizers of this study.

  • The female way of coworking

    A few days ago we published results of the Global Coworking Survey, which revealed some significant differences between female and male coworkers. We decided to dig beneath the statistics and ask some female founders of coworking spaces for their thoughts on the results. Why do women work on shorter projects and earn lower incomes, but are more content with their coworking spaces?

  • Female coworker vs. male coworker

    Are there differences between the situation of men and women in coworking spaces? Quite a lot: among the most stark differences – women undertake much shorter projects, they are more likely to have a university education, but they earn lower incomes than their male coworking colleagues. Yet they are highly satisfied with their membership at their coworking spaces.

  • The Coworker's Profile

    The number of coworkers worldwide has risen  dramatically over the past year, with the coworking community almost doubling in size. That’s one of the apparent outcomes we can extrapolate from the results of the global coworker survey, which Deskmag continues to analyse this week. Today we look at a profile of the average coworker – who are they, how do they work, how much do they earn?

  • Why Coworkers like their Coworking Spaces

    The first global coworking survey is now complete. A total of 661 people from 24 countries took part in the survey. Deskmag and our partner organizations would like to thank all participants. The evaluation of the data requires a little time, but a few preliminary results are already available.

  • Small entrepreneurs feel ignored worldwide

    Two thirds of all small business operators worldwide started their new company in the last two years in an increasingly difficult environment. They feel increasingly ignored by politicians. The three most important demands to their governments: Put more pressure on banks to give loans, make more programs to support start-ups, and introduce harsher penalties for customers who fail to pay their bills on time.

  • Coworking Study: The Coworker

    Very few academic studies about coworking and coworkers have ever been carried out. Berlin university student Lukas de Pellegrin set out to change this by conducting research on coworkers, posing three important questions: who are coworkers, what does their workspace look like, and why? He harvested responses from the users of coworking spaces in Berlin, and Deskmag is today publishing the results.

  • Working instead of commuting

    Workers must find a way to combine work, family and other commitments. The resulting pressure is worsened when long daily commutes are thrown into the mix. It’s up to companies to find ways of making their employee’s lives more liveable.

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