When your office decided to give you the option of working from home you couldn't wait. You no longer had to worry about dealing with office politics or any of the nonsense that wastes your time at a traditional office space. Whether you're a freelancer, digital nomad, small business owner, lifestyle business or part of a large corporation, working from home was something you couldn't wait to do.
Coworking is leading the trend in the evolution from working at home. First we dreamed of getting out of awful office cubicles, bad lighting and long commutes that wasted our time. Working from home seemed ideal but after working from home for a little bit you quickly discover that home is a distracting working environment. It's not ideal being in the middle of something important and your spouse asks you for some help with the laundry.
The next stage in workplace evolution is a coffee shop. After beginning to work from home, once in a while you would head down to the local cafe. After working at a coffee shop a few times you quickly noticed how much more productive you could be without all the easy ways you can get sidetracked at home. The biggest problem with coffee shops is the time limit. It looks pretty odd if you are using your local cafe as your personal office space for ten hours a day. After a few hours, it's time to move on from the cafe and go back home. The other thing is cafes are still a lonely environment. The baristas might be nice but for the most part, you are still working alone and you're not going to make any permanent connections.
Coworking takes the best things from your old office space or local cafe but in a permanent working environment with other entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers. Getting to know other people that are working on similar things might be the easiest way to meet new friends. You'll be more excited to get work done every day being around people you know and like. Friendships at work make for a happier, healthier, and more productive workplace atmosphere. More than a third of adults report that they met one of their closest friends at work. Do yourself a favor and explore the local coworking spaces in your neighborhood and meet some new friends. You'll be happier and healthier, the two most important things in life.