Are you following along or falling behind on these two business trends? Start-Ups and Co-Working Spaces may just be the perfect mates for each other. Start-ups incubated during the dot-com era, while the birth of Co-Working Spaces within the last decade, may have to pay many thanks to start-up culture.
Co-Working Spaces have gained increased interest in recent years, due to the collaborative, yet individualized aspect of working side-by-side in a shared workspace. Typically those who partake in co-working are not a part of the same organization. Independent contractors, work-at-home professionals, and professionals who travel often… Find the independent, yet social gathering aspect of a co-working space, useful and appealing.
According to a poll of 44,000 business professionals in 100 different countries, done by Regus, a Global Workplace Provider, 82% of business professionals choose to use a co-working space, in order to meet like-minded workers from different firms. From this same study, 80% choose to co-work for networking opportunities, 79% believe co-working is the best cost-effective alternative, compared to fixed office leasing, and 74% agree that co-working spaces are ideal environments for start-ups.
Most people are aware of the “typical” Start-Up culture… Entrepreneurial spirit, in a fast-paced, creative, innovative, often cash-strapped environment. People that join start-ups are passionate about the company, whether it is the product or service provided; these people thrive on creating a culture of growth, innovation and self-ownership. Start-up culture is not your typical 9 to 5, nor do start-ups aim or claim to be anything of the sort. Start-up’s aren’t for everyone, but if you want to experience a smaller, more personal team atmosphere, allowing for more influence, connectivity, and meaning, you may want to look into working for a start-up!
One of the main roadblocks for a new start-up is finding a workspace that is suitable for the team but is affordable on the lean budget. This is one of the reasons why co-working and start-ups play so nicely with each other. If you’re looking for an office vibe of shared independence, with a twist of openness, ownership, and self-sustainability, look into local start-ups and co-working spaces!