Coworking in the US and the EUThe 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 SharingThe 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-coworkersAs 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 economyThere 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?
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