5 Compelling Reasons Why I Ditched My Office For A Coworking Space

Coworking opened up opportunities I never would have had access to in my solo office. March 6, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I have always loved working alone and it was probably my penchant for seclusion that led me towards the path of internet entrepreneurship in the first place. I had also built a dreary image of coworking spaces in my mind, to me, they were for people who were just getting by. However, last year, I spent one day away from my personal office in a coworking space on the behest of a friend who wanted me to help him write some copy. Related: WeWork, Industrious, The Yard: Here’s How Much Membership Will Cost You at 12 Coworking Spaces My experience there that day led me through a series of events that culminated in my ditching my comfortable office in favor of sharing a […]

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Here’s How Much Membership Will Cost You at 12 Coworking Spaces

Here’s a peek behind the pricing curtain, plus tips for lessening the financial burden on your business. February 28, 2020 7 min read Coworking spaces aren’t just taking over the real estate market. They’re transforming the way we work, and that transformation comes at a (literal) cost.  Since 2010, the coworking and flexible real estate sector has grown an average of 23 percent per year; in fact, it’s responsible for four billion square feet of office space across 54 major metro areas, according to real estate firm CBRE.  In the U.S., over half a million people worked from coworking spaces in 2017, and that number is expected to double by 2022.  Yes, coworking memberships are tax-deductible, but they’ll still set you back a pretty penny. The majority of coworking companies don’t list fully transparent pricing on their websites, and even if they do list a general breakdown, you can’t know […]

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Smart Work Report: Matthew Gartland

In the first of the Smart Work Report series, COO/CFO Matthew Gartland shares how he works, his favorite business tools, and the transformation of Team SPI. Matthew Gartland April 15, 2019 Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series we are testing out here at SPI, and you know how much we love experiments! We’re inspired by other journal-like content we’ve seen around the web like the Money Diaries and Feel Good Diaries from Refinery29, as well as the standard format of the much loved How I Work series from Lifehacker.com. In this series we hope to capture a vast array of not only different types of work that people do in the online space, but also the different ways we all work toward our goals and positive impact with our jobs, businesses, or brands. We’re starting off this series with the members of Team SPI and, if […]

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4 Benefits That Explain Why Large Companies Are Increasingly Turning to Coworking

Having trouble recruiting in this tight labor market? Your remote workers might be more inclined to work for you if you offer a coworking option. September 6, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you picture “coworking” as a group of tech-startup millennials sitting around on second-hand furniture in a common space, think again. Today’s professional coworking sites attract a diverse array of companies and individuals as members. Most also provide chic environments with such amenities as 24/7 access, custom coffees and teas, honor bars and cafes, high-tech security, private offices, workout facilities, high-end furnishings, social and networking events, learning opportunities and much more. Related: How Coworking Impacts Innovation for Startups and Small Businesses in the U.K. “Coworking” is typically defined as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting. As these alternative […]

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How to Beat the Loneliness of Being a Freelancer

The top ten jobs in the United States are not lonely jobs. If you’re a retail salesperson, cashier, food prep staff, or even a general office clerk, you get to be around people all day long. Millions of people leave their house every day and meet people. Freelancers are generally not among them. Most freelancers work from home. And a lot of us are lonely. I realized this one day when the power went out at home. I had a stack of work to finish so I called the local cafe to see if they had power. They did. I packed up my laptop and left. When I arrived, I wasn’t the only freelancer who had the same idea. We made a line that stretched out the door. So many of us were in the same situation that I shared a table with an acquaintance. If I were single, this would […]

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Here are 50 Coworking Locations That Welcome Dogs

Having a furry friend wander the office can help improve collaboration, increase creativity, boost employee morale, improve employee satisfaction and decrease stress, to name a few of the benefits. May 26, 2018 1 min read This story originally appeared on This Dog’s Life Let’s face it: dogs make everything better, including work. Having a furry friend wander the office can help improve collaboration, increase creativity, boost employee morale, improve employee satisfaction and decrease stress, to name a few of the benefits. Related: Amazon’s Dog-Friendly Headquarters Is 6,000 Pups Strong And while some traditional office spaces are jumping on the dog-friendly bandwagon (7 percent, compared to 4 percent in 2014), so are non-traditional office spaces, like coworking environments (also known as shared workspaces for small companies and freelancers).Besides offering amenities like contemporary looking offices, state-of-the-art technology, happy hours and unlimited coffee, many are also making their locations dog-friendly. Check out 50 dog-friendly […]

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