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5 Advantages of working in a Co-Working space….

5 Advantages of working in a Co-Working space….

We had written previously about Co-Working spaces, the what, the why’s and the where’s, but having now actually worked in a Co-working space for the last 4 months or so, we thought it was about time to highlight the ‘advantages’ of said working in a little more detail. By the way, just to give out a little bit of self promotion and where credit is due, we are based in NORIBIC, which is a Co-Working / Incubator space in Northern Ireland.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are our top 5 advantages so far…

Organisation and Space

You get a desk. A computer. Some draws. A kettle! For me, all things that are key ingredients to having organisation and space to work. As much as it is pretty cool to say that you work in coffee shops and from your kitchen, the reality is that it is very hard to be completely organised. The easiest thing about working in a co-working space is the space itself, as you do not need to think about where you are going to be and if your WIFI will let you down!

Vibe

On a good day, you can choose to get involved in office banter. Yes, on occasion, you do need to get your head down and just work, but having a bit of banter, and craic, can be good for not only your spirit, but your productivity too. A positive spirit can help breed a positive mind, and having a laugh with people in a similar situation, can help, when at times, doing your own thing, can get tough.

Momentum

Success breeds success. If you work on your own, be it your own office or a coffee shop down-town, the only momentum you get, is ‘self motivated’. When you see others around you working hard, and working at a busy pace, it sure does help you feel motivated to keep your own momentum up.

Competition

Success not only breeds success, it also breeds competition. If the team, to your left or your right in the co-working space, is shortlisted for an award, or is given funding to help take that, ‘next part of the project’ forward, what extra motivation would you need to up your game, to make sure that you are not left behind in the kudos stakes! No one wants to come second, and a bit of healthy competition is not only good for your own team, but the whole co-working space too. Imagine yourself like a 100 metre runner – it is better you train and compete, against others each day , as opposed to on your own, on an empty track.

Shared learning

It is pretty tough when starting a business to find out what resources, funding, and opportunities are available to you. However simply by working in a co-working space, the amount of things you find out about can be endless. Also, as most of the ‘co-workers’, will have varied work and education backgrounds and experiences, what you don’t know about, someone else will, and vice versa. The internet has nothing on the knowledge and experiences you can pull together and share, if you get to know other teams and businesses in your shared co-working space.

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Discussion

3 Responses to “5 Advantages of working in a Co-Working space….”

  1. Action Acton has a great space for private sector start up businesses and social enterprises in west London –check out http://www.thedoughnutfactory.co.uk also tel: 0208 993 9605
    co working/location is also great for no long term financial committemnt (we offer easy in/easy out terms with 1 weeks notice) expanding your networks, finding co workers when you need them for short term contracts; pooling expertise to bid for contracts/tenders –and social events after work!

    Posted by john blackmore | May 31, 2012, 3:18 pm
  2. The HUB network is a community which uses co-working as a tool to help social businesses and like-minded individuals to amplify their impact.

    There is definitely a big change going on with the way people are choosing to work and the collaborative environment which they want to surround themselves with. It can help take the solitude out of creating your new venture, project or business.

    Posted by Deesha Chandra | July 20, 2012, 2:37 pm

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