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Sharing space and talent
Coworking is an emerging trend for a new pattern for working. As well as entrepreneurs, work-at-home professionals or independent contractors, or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.
Some coworking spaces were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffee shops and cafes, or to isolation in independent or home offices. The ‘movement’ is spreading and more spaces are opening across the US and in many countries round the world. The phenomenon is international and the term ‘coworking’ is even used in other languages, as in ‘©spaces coworking’ in French.
Coworking is growing fast
Estimates suggest there were some 760 coworking places in the US in 2011, up nearly 90% over the year before. The rise in coworking places is due to technologies like cloud computing and more women and freelancers in the workforce, as well as startups.
As Jane Hodges of the Wall Street Journal says, “Telecommuters, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed all grapple with the logistical challenges of working alone. At home, workers face isolation and domestic distraction. At the corner coffee shop offering free WiFi, there’s insufficient privacy, too few electrical outlets and the nuisance of latte orders shouted out throughout the day.”
Directories of coworking will connect you
As coworking become a very normal practice, generally in cities, all around the world, there are directories popping up so that you can always find a space on the move. Some directories are limited to geographic areas or countries. LiquidSpace is an example of a mobile app that connects people seeking workspace with venues that have space to share. High-end business centers, hip startup co-working spaces, hotels, and private spaces are listed.
The term coworking is not the only term in use-it includes desksurfing, desktime and shared desks. The more widely interpreted terms such as business centers, shared offices, and even wifi cafes. Though the concept of wifi cafes will even extend to McDonalds, most of which have people working on their laptops these days. But they are not dedicated to work and don’t lend themselves to extended work use.
In corporate offices, the term hot-desking has been in use for a long time, as companies make reductions in overheads. Some of the coworking spaces are in fact made available by companies with surplus space.