During the 1990s, telecommuting was a growing concept but didn’t really infiltrate the business community as many of us had hoped. Even today if you peruse the classified section on Craigslist, employers looking for freelancers insist that the work be completed on site. Telecommuters need not apply and that’s perfectly within their right to make such a request.
But there are growing numbers of independent workers, contractors and entrepreneurs who are successfully working from their homes. We’re answering emails in our jammies and blogging with faithful pets asleep at our feet. Having a home office frees you from countless meetings and interruptions from coworkers.
But sometimes you miss interacting with colleagues and working from home isn’t all that you thought it would be or wanted it to be.
There are times you want to bounce ideas off other people or you want to engage in meaningful conversation.
Coworking then is an independent professional’s dream come true.
According to wiki.coworking.com:
Coworking is redefining the way we do work. The idea is simple: that independent professionals and those with workplace flexibility work better together than they do alone. Coworking answers the question that so many face when working from home: “Why isn’t this as fun as I thought it would be?” Beyond just creating better places to work, coworking spaces are built around the idea of community-building and sustainability. Coworking spaces agree to uphold the values set forth by those who developed the concept in the first place: collaboration, community, sustainability, openness, and accessibility.
Coworking is more than coffee and free wifi. It really is about building relationships, networking and sharing space with people who appreciate creativity and independence.
- Cost: Some coworking spaces are free to first-time visitors. If you want to permanently cowork there is a monthly charge. Cheaper than most office space.
- Benefits: Camaraderie, free coffee and WiFi
- Upcoming Coworking Conference in Austin, TX
To find a coworking space near you simply follow this link. If you’re in the Houston area, there are several spaces to enjoy.
- Caroline Collective – Museum District
- Digi Cafe – Midtown
- Opening soon are: KatyDoc and CityVue in Northwest Houston
Hope to see you at a coworking space soon.