Is Coworking a Good Idea for Me

Sep 6, 2023

Working from home or remotely can be great, but coworking spaces are where it’s at!

Working from home is awesome. You can wear your pajamas all day, eat snacks whenever you want, and take breaks whenever you need them. But sometimes, it can get a little lonely and isolating. That’s where coworking spaces come in!

Coworking spaces are shared workspaces where people from all different industries can come together to work. They’re like a cross between a coffee shop and an office, with all the perks of both.

Here are some of the pros of working in a coworking space:

  • Community: Coworking spaces are a great place to meet new people and build relationships. You’ll be surrounded by other entrepreneurs, freelancers, and creatives who are just as passionate about their work as you are.
  • Collaboration: Coworking spaces are a great place to collaborate with others on projects. You can bounce ideas off of each other, get feedback, and work together to make your projects even better.
  • Resources: Coworking spaces often have a variety of resources available to members, like printers, scanners, and conference rooms. This can save you money and hassle in the long run.
  • Motivation: Working in a coworking space can help you stay motivated and focused. Seeing other people working hard can inspire you to do the same.
  • A change of scenery: If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, working in a coworking space can be a great way to change things up. A new environment can help you be more productive and creative.

Of course, there are also some cons to working in a coworking space:

  • Noise: Coworking spaces can get noisy, especially if there are a lot of people working in the same space. If you’re easily distracted, you might want to consider a private office. Luckily, at the Beehive, we have a quiet zone that we call the Library where you can go to concentrate.
  • Price: Coworking spaces can be more expensive than working from home. However, the cost of membership can be tax-deductible, so it’s worth doing the math to see if it’s worth it for you. Plus you can easily eat and drink more than your membership dues in the course of a day between the free, unlimited coffee, snacks, and free special events that include food. Beehive members also get free access to after-hours events that have a cost for non-members, saving you even more!
  • Limited privacy: Coworking spaces are shared spaces, so you don’t have the same level of privacy as you would in your own home or office. If you need to make a private phone call or have a confidential meeting, you might want to find a different place to work. At the Beehive, we have ZenBooths for complete privacy. You’re also welcome to jump into any unused conference room if you need privacy and space to spread out.

Overall, coworking spaces are a great option for people who want the flexibility of working from home but also want the benefits of being around other people and having access to resources. If you’re thinking about giving a coworking space a try, I encourage you to do it! You might be surprised at how much you like it. Try the Beehive free for a week using the QR code on the home page.

I hope this helps!

My friend, Bard AI, and I crafted this article but this blog post by Trish Kalbas-Schmidt was the original inspiration. Her post is much better and more comprehensive so please check it out!
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