If you’re been around any kind of news in the last couple of years, you’ve probably heard the phrases “work from home” and “coworking” thrown around a lot. The Pandemic showed us that most work can be done from anywhere, not just an office. At the same time, people are social and want to be around other people. Even if you have the ability to work from anywhere, home may not be the best place. If you have children, pets, roommates, or just live in a small flat or studio, being cooped up there all day, then again all night is not exactly conducive to doing your best work. Whether you work for yourself, or for someone else, if there’s no formal office to go to, coworking and flexspace can be your lifesaver. So now that you know coworking is an option you probably have some questions, so let’s start Debunking the Top 5 Myths About Coworking Spaces!
MYTH NO. 1: Co-Working is expensive.
When compared to the financial commitment for a regular office, with all its attendant expenses like utilities, internet, insurance, furniture, coffee, and office equipment, all on top of rent, a few hundred a month for an all-inclusive work setup is a major bargain.
With a traditional office, you can be six figures in the hole before you even step into your office for the first time. Most coworking spots start around $25/day for a drop-in desk, or a few hundred for a locking, dedicated space. Coworking can cost in a year what you’d pay for a month
MYTH NO 2: Co-Working is only for startups or tech bros
This is definitely not true. While coworking does attract more than its fair share of this kind of business, most coworking spaces are filled with all kinds of businesses, not just new ones or techy ones. Remote workers and small businesses especially appreciate the flexibility co-working gives them
MYTH NO. 3: There’s no privacy. It’s loud and everyone sits
at one big table.
Yes, there are a lot of coworking spots like this, where everyone gets communal, dons headphones and ignores the person working two feet away from them. If you like this kind of setup, you can definitely find it. If, on the other hand, you want something more serene, most coworking spaces offer cozy nooks, phone booths, or enough tables that you can find one off the beaten path. PLUS, most operators offer private offices either by the day or long-term. Coworking doesn’t mean working side-by-side with strangers, coffee-shop style. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
MYTH NO. 4: The commitment is too much.
Now this one is definitely not true. While most operators offer a substantial discount for signing a long-term agreement, you can usually find a space that lets you drop in on an as-needed basis with absolutely no commitment. Some will require you book in advance, and many require payment up front to secure that reservation, but most places will let you drop in and pay by the day.
We hope this helps you better understand how co-working works, and how it can work for you and your business, no matter what stage it is in. If you have any questions about either of our locations, or about co-working in general, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Our Community Manager would love to hear from you!