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Coworking Communities Have Amazing Power

toby webb
Author since:
August, 2018
1 blog post

Does the power of the coworking community mean coworking has become more normal today than the ‘regular’ workplace? With over 11,000 coworking spaces popping up across the world and reports of 1.18 million people working in this way last year, it seems it could be on its way.

At their core, coworking spaces in Manchester like Workplace seek to create strong communities and foster professional relationships, adding value to everyone that works there. What’s more, the dynamic energy and unique work culture found in these spaces help reduce the sense of isolation that more mature entrepreneurs experience when launching and growing a business.

Most coworking professionals relish in this power of collaboration, cooperation, mutual support and social connection. But do others know what they are missing?

Here’s 5 reasons the coworking community is a powerful force:

1. The coworking community nurtures personal interactions

Coworking communities thrive when members make the effort to get to know each other in their workplace. The frequency and value of these interactions between members of the community is also crucial.

Most shared workspaces offer regular events, both social and work-related, to foster these interactions. It brings coworking people together, not only for work purposes, but for shared interests and developing long term, meaningful personal relationships too.

2. There’s a shared identity

In a shared workplace, members share a common identity—that of entrepreneur, small business or start-up. Many of these members, whilst working towards different business goals, have similar purposes which develop a powerful sense of community.

This sense of purpose and common identity allows coworking members to form strong alliances and support networks. They help each other through shared knowledge, collaboration and also offering services to help each others’ businesses grow.

3. It boosts smaller, independent communities

Coworking spaces give more power to smaller business, providing them with a voice and a platform to grow.

Within coworking communities, discussions held by influencers are rarely about billion dollar investments. More frequently, they are about personal success stories and the social impact of the people and small businesses they care deeply about.

4. Coworking increases productivity

64% of coworking members report that they are able to complete tasks more effectively and efficiently in a coworking space.

Surrounding themselves by like minded coworking community members enable members to focus better, helping to increase motivation and aid productivity flow. With the ability to work on projects and tasks at their own pace, those working in coworking spaces can divide their time between projects, work and social activities more effectively.

5. A coworking community combats personal loneliness

Unfortunately, starting a new business or personal venture can be as lonely a job as it is rewarding.

Coworking communities gives new entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet new people, and be individual without feeling isolated. Even better, members can be themselves without the need to build a work persona, they can simply be themselves. The coworking community allows members to get involved in social activities when they want to, but also gives them the option to work privately when needed, without pressure to be ‘always on’.

Find out how Workplace in Manchester is the perfect base to join and nurture your fellow coworking community. It’s a shared space for collaboration, building businesses and sharing stories.

 

 

Workplace is a 5 star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester and is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers great flexibility with  day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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6 Things to consider when choosing your co-working space

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
107 blog posts

When choosing your future working space there are so many options in Manchester! At Workplace we think there are six key considerations to bear in mind. Book an appointment or a free day pass to come and see us and find out if we could be the co-working space for you!

  1. The Location of the co-working space

The adage location location location does always rings true, but there is a lot more to consider here than you might think. It can be hard to a toss-up between a co-working space with a prestigious city centre address and the convenience of lunch spots vs somewhere out of the city centre where you can avoid rush hour traffic. Ultimately it is a very personal decision, but the key areas to consider are where are your client’s based? Where are your staff based? What is a suitable commute for most people and what are the public transport links like? Are there trains, trams and buses which will take you and more importantly your client’s, straight to your office doorstep? For any growing, professional business transport links are an absolute must

  1. The Environment

At the end of the day, whether you are co-working or in a private office within a co-working space, you are going to be spending a lot of time there. So it is essential that you feel at home in the surroundings. The style, layout and feel of co-working spaces are often overlooked. Most provide the minimum of what is needed in terms of open-plan layouts and breakout areas, but it is important to consider if the style and décor of any you are considering really suits you. Do the surroundings align with you and your business. Not all clients are comfortable in exposed concrete, and ping pong tables but not all startups belong in plush velvet and coffee tables books territory either. So think, what environment suits me best?

  1. People

The people make a place. Try to do a few trial days and get to know the staff of the co-working space. See if you get on with the people around you. Could you work alongside them or even with them one day? There is nothing worse than trying to avoid people and having to hide around the corner or the other side of the business lounge. Make sure you choose somewhere where the staff and other residents are friendly and approachable

  1. The Facilities

How’s the coffee? Is there parking? Can you store your bike? Is there a beer available on a Friday? Think about which little things matter to you and make you feel at home or that make life just that little bit easier for you. Make sure you go for the place which has the things you need

  1. Flexibility

When you are first moving away from your kitchen table, it can be a daunting move. In this instance, consider taking a place somewhere with flexible contracts, so you aren’t locked in should circumstances change. For more established businesses taking somewhere longer, term might be the next step, but with so many unknowns around the corner, with co-working, you can make this work without having to sign a five-year lease!

  1. The Price

The price has to be right and affordable. But more than price consider the value of the place. If the coffee is good, then you won’t be popping out to top up at Starbucks. If there are parking offers, then you won’t be spending money on expensive parking spaces each day. Sometimes the little things add up

Workplace is a 5-star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester. It is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers excellent flexibility with day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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