Today, entrepreneurs have the ability to meet other talented founders, business owners and freelancers and work beside them in a beautiful and modern office space. A nasty secret of entrepreneurship is that it can get quite lonely at times. Even though most corporate employees get some work done at home, there is a huge difference when you work full time at home, let alone the 24/7 work schedule of a new business owner. Cafes are great for a couple hours, but once you start to get into the 3-4 hour range you feel pressured to get up and leave.
Coworking spaces take the best things from a traditional office space and leave the bad things behind. Private offices, meeting rooms, shared desks for the mobile entrepreneur, close knit communities, great coffee, fast wifi, 24/7 access, unlimited printing, private phone booths and even napping rooms. The very best coworking spaces combine all of these things to make the best possible working environment for freelancers, small business owners, startup teams and entrepreneurs of all types.
The close knit community of many coworking spaces is what makes them the ideal office space. Freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners have a common bond that few people on the outside understand. Being surrounded by like minded people that you can form long term bonds and business relationships with is invaluable. This could be anything from another freelancer that you enjoy getting coffee with, to another startup founder who compliments your skills, or a small business owner that has experience with a problem you are currently dealing with and can help you solve it.
Events are another huge benefit of working in a coworking space. Launch parties, hackathons, tech talks, game nights, leadership workshops, venture capitalist guest speakers, happy hours, panel discussions, monthly classes and demo days are some of the most popular types of events that coworking spaces host but there are many more options as well.
If you are interested in a coworking space, most of them offer day passes. This can be a great way to get a feel for a coworking space before you dive in and sign up for a monthly membership. You can see if a shared workspace, private desk or a private office might be the best fit for you. While you're visiting, you can also check out the conference rooms and event spaces. The best coworking spaces also offer free tours so you can get a feel for the vibe of the entire office space.