53 million of Americans are becoming their own boss today. A 2014 research from Edelman Berland revealed that freelancers make up 34 percent of the U.S. workforce. As the years progress, the numbers will grow.
Most people who wish to be self-employed look forward to working from home. But some freelancers choose to share an office space with others, known as “co-working.”
Bret Morgan, co-owner of Cowerks, a shared office space in New Jersey, believes that co-working “…is, in its essence, a shared, collaborating workspace.” His company offers desk access and a quiet environment for businesses, start-ups, and freelance entrepreneurs.
Co-Working Goes Mainstream
While working from home is cheap, there are numerous advantages that push co-working forward. For one, sharing an office space, says CubeDesigns.com, expands your budding tech senses. Since mobile technology is shifting workplace demands, freelancers are looking for a space that meets their growing needs.
For some self-employed individuals, co-working means easier access to conference rooms, desk spaces, and human connections at affordable prices. Some spaces offer private offices for small teams to work in.
It’s Not Just Desk Sharing
Humans are social beings; you need other people to succeed. Working from home somehow deprives freelancers of interaction. They often work online and speak with clients or partners through the digital space. While this is a convenient form of communication, it’s not always effective.
You need others to succeed. By sharing an office space, you receive input from others. Co-working also keeps self-employed workers inspired by the people around them. It also gives you the chance to collaborate with fellow entrepreneurs. According to Morgan, some of their co-working members eventually establish companies together.
By 2020, experts expect the number of freelancers to reach 65 million. Because of this growing industry, co-working might become a relevant factor in the business. Researchers also believe that by 2018, more than 100,000 entrepreneurs will dive into the idea of co-working.
All workplaces will experience a shift and co-working will affect how future freelancers work.