There’s a silent revolution underway in how entrepreneurs, telecommuting professionals, independent contractors, creative types and other sundry lone rangers go about their business. It’s called coworking, and we’re not talking just about coffee shops with Wi-Fi. A hot new trend that’s picking up fast is the use of professional coworking spaces that offer everything from shared working spaces to business lounges and state-of-the-art meeting rooms and A/V equipment for presentations. Not to mention a business address, mailbox and receptionist to filed calls, accept deliveries and handle visitors.
It’s obviously more affordable than renting office space, but that’s not the main draw. What’s attracting people is the opportunity to be part of a community of like-minded people. Being a lone ranger can sometimes get mighty lonely, and coworking spaces allow you the flexibility to join the community and withdraw to your own personal space at will.
It’s a great way to tap into a whole new support group of people facing the same issues and in need of all the help they can get. Instead of reinventing the wheel every time you face a problem, you can benefit from the experience of others in the coworking space. It works out so nicely that coworking is spreading like wildfire.
A recent Deskmag survey found more than 110,000 people working in over 2,500 coworking spaces across the world, and it’s growing in leaps and bounds at a stunning annual growth rate of 83 percent.
The best part about it is that you can find coworking spaces to match your work and personal preferences.
Startups.fm would like to thank Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub, for her input and cooperation in helping us create the Coworking Infographic.
Hera Hub operates three highly popular coworking spaces for female entrepreneurs in San Diego. Felena spent eight years working from home, and felt a serious need to do something to improve on it. The result was Hera Hub, which offers flexible membership packages and provides entrepreneurs everything they need within a beautiful spa-like space with soft music, fresh flowers, appealing aesthetics and pleasant smells.
Coming up soon: A LIVE chat with Felena herself on some quick tips related to setting up a coworking space! Can’t wait to publish it..