Coworking is still a relatively new term, so it’s not surprising that when I tell people I’m going to edge co-working for the day, they reply with, “what’s coworking”?
Coworking is a situation or space where two or more people come together and work in a communal space but for separate companies. It provides a great place to network with others, provides a sense of community, and flexibility.
Depending on the needs of your work, you can use a coworking space for as often or as little as you’d like, making this type of workspace the top choice for business professionals and remote workers. Member check-ins range from daily, weekly, monthly, to whenever you need a quiet space to initiate the infamous power-hour to get the job done.
Each coworking space is different - some provide an office-like setting whereas others may portray a coffee-shop atmosphere. All spaces come equipped with some form of working space, high-speed internet, snacks, and unlimited beverages to keep that brain hydrated and productive. Added features may include printing/scanning, private conference room, event-hosting, and business-related meetups after hours.
People often choose to work from a coworking space as it combats the feeling of loneliness and isolation you might experience when working from home. It’s often said that people who work in a coworking space feel more productive as there are fewer distractions and by surrounding themselves with other individuals to hold them accountable to meet goals and deadlines.
Due to the flexibility that coworking spaces offer, it’s the perfect fit for every personality type. It’s great for extroverts because it provides a space to communicate with others, even if it’s just to take a quick coffee break or do some stretches to get the blood flowing. Introverts will feel right at home in the space as well - just pop in some earbuds, set your favorite Pandora station, and get right to work. It really is a win-win for everybody.
Personally, I think the biggest advantage to a coworking space is the ability to network. Every person brings something unique to the table, and you never know who you’re going to meet. You might be struggling with designing a graphic for your business and the person sitting across from you could be a graphic designer. It’s amazing what you can learn just by talking with someone. I mean, you already have something in common - you’re both in the same coworking space!
I found my local coworking space to be a lifesaver for me personally and professionally. After I separated from the military, I started my own business working from home. At first, I loved working alone, and then the isolation and distractions set in. I had no one to talk to, my dogs wanted to play, I could watch Netflix, and I had chores to do around the house. I found my motivation and productivity draining with each passing day. I knew I needed to make a change for the sake of my business and my own sanity, so I decided to spend a few days a week at edge.
I can’t even begin to describe the change in my mindset. I love taking a seat at my desk and getting right to work. I don’t have to worry about swapping over the laundry or having the UPS man trigger my dog’s instinctive reflex to protect the house from my daily Amazon deliveries. Oh my poor bank account, I will love you eventually.
I’ve met so many amazing people through edge and even networked with a few individuals. I’m very much an extrovert, so it’s nice to be able to take a mental break and have a brief conversation about anything and everything and then get back to work with a fresh perspective. I accomplish more in one day while at edge than I do in a week working from home. It’s great for my business and my health (mental and emotional) as well.
If you feel yourself slipping into the dark abyss of solo work or attempting to have a conversation with your pup AND expect a reply, you need to consider dropping into your local coworking space. I promise you; you won’t regret it.
Meet Sarah Black
Sarah is the owner of Sarah E. Black Virtual Assistant. With her profound knowledge of organization and execution skills (of projects), finding new ways to get stuff done is always a journey. She is skilled in the art of productivity and automation, reducing your overwhelm about the position of your business. Get your business on the track to success by scheduling a FREE 30-minute discovery call, here.