Coworking – How Work Is Evolving

Coworking space

Coworking space

It seems that even when you’re Sir Richard Branson you need to collaborate with others. No man is an island, although he may own one. I was inspired by this post and picture of Sir Richard surrounded by people and swimming in tea.

Humans are social animals. I need a lot of alone time but I also know that it isn’t healthy to spend too much time alone. And I am the first one to say that spending too much time alone in your own head is a bad idea.

There is something wonderful about coworking. I find it energizing to be in a place where other people are optimistic and believe that manifesting their dream business is possible. It’s like a shot of espresso for your productivity and commitment.

I have been wintering in L.A., and at a certain point I found myself needing to get out of the house with the three dogs and have a quiet place where I could do radio interviews and recorded teleclasses. I also felt like I needed more connection with other small business owners. It was so great finding OfficeSlice, and jumping into its coworking community with both feet doing training classes for members and guests. Talk about an energy boost!

I’m not the only one who feels this way. Phil Gerbyshak, has been involved in the launch of Hudson Business Lounge, a new coworking space in Milwaukee. Phil says, “Coworking rocks for me for a few reasons. Surrounding myself with people smarter than me in different disciplines that I can rub shoulders with connects me to new ideas and new ways of thinking. I also love having a conference room at my disposal for bigger client meetings and presentations. Gives me a little more business credibility than the coffee shop for sure.”

Not that working at the coffee shop isn’t fun and a great option some days…
What other benefit do you get besides being away from dogs, laundry, and kids? The benefit of set and setting. There is something to be said for getting dressed (i.e., out of your sweatpants) and going to a location that is meant for working. Could I distract myself with Facebook and YouTube? Sure! But I am less likely to do that here.

Being in a professional setting also can help you feel more like a business owner, and this confidence can come through in your calls and e-mails, which can convert to money for your business.

For those of you who have worked in corporate shared office suites, coworking has a little different vibe. There is more interaction and community. My experience is that people who go to coworking spaces want to learn about your business, share information, and even send you leads. Make sure you get to know the other people in the space. You never know what magic might happen.

Have you tried coworking? What was your experience? Are you thinking of trying it? What’s stopping you? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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