In the not-so-distant past, the only way to get work done was to show up at a physical location and do it there. If you wanted to start your own business, that generally meant renting an office—and, depending on your business, that could be a pretty pricey proposition. But then, a funny thing happened: the internet happened. And suddenly, people had the ability to work from anywhere in the world. They didn’t need an expensive office anymore; all they needed was a laptop and an internet connection.
But even though people could technically work from anywhere, that didn’t mean they actually wanted to. Working from home can be lonely, and coffee shops can be distracting. That’s where coworking comes in. Coworking spaces are shared workspaces where people can come to collaborate, network, and socialize. In other words, they’re the perfect solution for people who want to work from somewhere other than home or a coffee shop.
The Origins of Coworking
The first coworking space opened its doors in San Francisco in 2005; by 2010, there were more than 1,100 coworking spaces around the world. Today, that number has exploded to more than 14,000—and it’s still growing rapidly. Clearly, there’s a big demand for coworking spaces. But why?
For one thing, as more and more people become freelancers or digital nomads, they’re looking for places to work that offer more than just a desk and a chair. They want communities where they can connect with like-minded people and collaborate on projects. And that’s exactly what coworking spaces provide.
In addition, as businesses have become more globalized, remote working has become increasingly common. According to a recent SurveyMonkey poll, 42% of employees now work at least some of the time remotely—and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. For these workers, coworking spaces offer a much-needed sense of community and connection.
Whether you work remotely or you’re just looking for a place to get out of the house (or coffee shop), coworking spaces are worth checking out. With their diverse communities and wide range of amenities, they offer something for everyone—and they might just be the wave of the future when it comes to the workspace.
Ready to try?
We are offering a free one-day pass that is valid until the end of 2022! If you are a freelancer, WFH employee, small business owner, or part of a growing company, we would love to have you try HQ Workspaces! Located in Coquitlam, we have 6000+ sqft of space with a 1000sqft portion dedicated to coworking and community areas. Email us at [email protected] to take advantage and set your 2023 up with a bang!