Economies of the world have defined how and where people have worked overtime. More people than ever before are exploring their entrepreneurial streak, while some are employed at places that are flexible and allow remote working. Working solo has its perks, no doubt – working out of your bed in your jammies at your own time and terms.
However, working alone can literally get lonely sometimes. You need the camaraderie, brainstorming and team spirit. Sometimes just getting out there and being surrounded with people can help bethink the goals in life you set out to accomplish.
Coworking is here to help with just the kind of #teamwork. Coworking places conventionally offer office space for individuals who are self-employed to share resources and knowledge pool. However, coworking has come a long way since Brad Neuberg coined the concept. He started “the first coworking space, the San Francisco Coworking Space at Spiral Muse (not the Hat Factory as has sometimes been misprinted),” he says on his website.
Other coworking categories include ‘corporate coworking’ spaces – these typically help bigger corporates in their expansion phase or when groups are required to work outside a conventional office. In contrast, ‘open coworking’ spaces encourage individuals from all possible backgrounds to come together and share a table. Furthermore, ‘sophisticated coworking’ spaces are the choice for people who seek all the good things to surround them at a workplace and do not shy away from paying a price for it.
Coworking spaces are a growing trend and it doesn’t seem that the numbers are going plummet anytime soon. In fact, the numbers are only going to rise. According to Deskmag, “By the end of the year, almost 2.2 million people are expected to work in over 22,000 coworking spaces worldwide. Just last year, the number grew by approximately a fifth.” You can view the report here and can participate in their survey here.
A global coworking forecast by GCUC (The Global Coworking Unconference Conference. Yes, you read that right.) suggests that there will be 30,432 coworking spaces and 5.1 million members by the year 2022.