Tired of working alone at the local coffee shop? Maybe it’s time to rent a co-working space. It’s a great way to meet fellow freelancers, entrepreneurs and other solo workers.
According to Forbes, The Bureau of Labor “estimates that by 2020, about 65 million Americans will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs, making up about 40 percent of the workforce.” As a result, co-working spaces are popping up in most major cities.
A study from Deskmag.com found that people who rent co-working spaces benefit from the experience in many ways:
The co-working environment is definitely a win for many entrepreneurs. In addition to these stats, Deskmag found that 60 percent can relax more at home and 42 percent reported higher income.
Here are three more reasons you should consider a co-working space for your startup.
It’s all about who you know, right? A co-working space is better than any networking event. You meet brilliant entrepreneurs who can help you strategize. Share insight on each other’s businesses; it’s a win-win for everyone involved. And who knows – that person at the desk beside you could be a future investor or business partner.
Every penny you save is one more penny to invest in your startup. Most co-working spaces offer affordable rent, ranging from daily to monthly contracts – so you aren’t committed for long. You’ll also have access to necessary amenities, such as printers, fax machines, meeting rooms and more.
Chances are you won’t have much competition at your co-working space. You’ll find a great variety of workers – writers, designers, developers, businessmen/women and others. Take advantage of these skills. Trade your skill for another’s, or sit down and teach each other what you know.
To put it simply – everywhere. Co-working spaces are emerging in nearly every city. Here are a few of the best around the country:
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