Ready to get out of the basement and into a real office? Before you strike out on your own and get locked into a long-term lease, consider a co-working space. Shared space is more affordable, full of start-up geeks just like you, and probably will be much cooler than any traditional office space your start-up could afford.
Co-working is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike a traditional office environment, those co-working are usually not employed by the same organization. Shared space it an attractive alternative for work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently and end up working in relative isolation. Co-working is also the social gathering of a group of people who are working independently, but who share values and are interested in the synergy that results from working with people who value working with like-minded professionals.
Co-working offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers, contractors and consultants experience while working from home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions home often presents.
Many co-work communities are formed by organizing casual networking events that can take place in private living rooms or in public places such as cafés, galleries or multi-function spaces. During these events, potential co-workers can learn more about the benefits of co-working and decide if the co-working members and environment are for them.