COVID-19 has already had an impact on your day-to-day professional life. Almost everyone you know has been, and nearly everyone has struggled to answer some quite fundamental questions about what work looks, feels, and sounds like from here on out.
We've seen that certain staff are deemed vital and continue to work from their offices, while others have been uprooted from their workplaces and sent packing to work remotely, either temporarily or permanently. Some of the new remote employees work from home, while others work from a neighborhood coffee shop, and yet others have joined a coworking space.
What is coworking?
"Coworking is a business arrangement in which employees from different organizations share office space, allowing for cost savings and convenience by sharing infrastructures such as equipment, utilities, receptionist and janitorial services, and in some cases refreshments and parcel acceptance services.” To be clear, coworkers are people who share a location's communal resources in order to achieve their own goals.
How does coworking actually work?
Coworking facilities typically rent desks, workspaces, and private offices by the hour, day, or month. Everything may be customized, and each option has a varied price point depending on the coworking model for that particular location. In most cases, coffee, desks, chairs, and high-speed WiFi are offered. Additional amenities such as private bathrooms, phone booths, conference room access, printing on demand, and limitless drinks and/or snacks are rather common. Each coworker will use the space in their own unique way, but everyone is kind and considerate of others as they traverse the coworking community.
Who uses coworking?
It's where freelancers go to focus on a project they've been working on for months and need a place to call home while they push to the finish line. Coworking spaces are used by entrepreneurs (solopreneurs) to launch new ideas, network, and obtain peer-to-peer business involvement while bringing their vision to life. Coworking is a wonderful fit for corporate (remote) professionals who need a dedicated office space to get their work done, but they also enjoy the unique culture, sense of community, and concentrated workspace. Daily drop-ins may require a conference room for a few hours so they may work on their newest podcast in post-production. The audience is diverse, and it continues to grow on a daily basis.
Where can I find coworking??
Coworking is a global phenomenon that has been growing for decades. Globally, there were anticipated to be around 3,000 places in 2013. By the end of December 2020, that number will have risen to 20,000, and by 2024, it is expected to have doubled to 40,000. Simply Google the terms "coworking" and the name of your city to see what comes up — you might be surprised! There are at least six coworking spaces in Tucson, each with its own unique blend of community and culture, as well as the essentials like WiFi and limitless coffee.
What does the future look like?
COWORKING is the future, and we're all moving here.
Employers and employees in COVID have been looking for new ways to get things done, and coworking checks a lot of those boxes. Companies that have temporarily or permanently closed physical premises but still require their employees to stay connected and productive are referring their relocated employees to coworking spaces. The remote employee invests their employer-sponsored stipend or subsidy to work from a space that makes sense for them, while the co-working space absorbs the overhead (including wifi, utilities, and so on). For the most part, this winning combination makes sense.
More and more coworking spaces are springing up throughout the world to cater to what some refer to as "distanced officing." Business must continue, but employee success is no longer constrained by the company's physical location.
Imagine your future in coworking: a dedicated office in an environment responsive to your needs, one that YOU choose, one that runs smoothly and gives you as much or as little involvement as you need...What could be better than that?
Are You Ready to Find Your New Coworking Space?
Victory Workspace has been serving professionals in the Walnut Creek, California area for over ten years, and even after the Covid 19 Shelter in Place is over we will be here for you. We offer a large variety of coworking spaces, short-term office rentals, meeting rooms, and welcoming event space with plenty of free parking for you or your guests. All that while providing our clients with daily opportunities to network with other business-minded professionals just like you! To learn more, set up your free tour, or inquire about which one of the services might be right for you, reach out to one of our amazing Community Guides at Victory Workspace for more information.