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Coworking from the mouths of coworkers

Coworking is quite a bit different concept than executive offices but I like to cover it here at aBetterOffice as part of our dedication to helping people find an office that is right for them.

Coworking addresses the need for a worker to be part of a community. Often those who choose to work in a coworking facility are artists, writers or programmers who may otherwise very easily work in isolation. There is quite a coworking movement on the web, spawned by coworking enthusiasts all over the globe. As I delved further into the people and businesses involved in coworking I was quite impressed with the organization, leadership and passion these people had around their way of working.

This video will give you a good idea of people who are using and/or manage this type of space.

 

 

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Mike Sullivan

Mike Sullivan is a marketing professional who previously worked at one of the large executive suite companies in the US. It was there he began thinking about how people use office space, and how innovative offerings from executive suites, coworking facilities and virtual offices can improve the way people work. Connect with Mike Sullivan on LinkedIn.

7 Responses

Marcus Hester December 8th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Interesting. I had never heard of coworking before now. What a novel concept. It figures it would be in New York City. I wonder if there are coworking groups in other major cities.

In a way, this is sort of a spin on serviced offices in that it’s a community of workers that come together under one roof. Instead of several companies on a floor, you have several workers in an office.

Mike Sullivan December 9th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Marcus – Well, one of the reasons I’m impressed with their organization is that they have created a wiki with a list and a google map of all known coworking office space. You can visit it here http://coworking.pbwiki.com/.

Marcus Oakley December 11th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Coworking is a great advancement as more people are working as 1099s, which are not always tied to an office as regular employees. What I think is also helping this trend take off: virtual technologies. Phone systems such as Gotvmail can tie workers from all over into a single point of contact. Virtual technologies have been around for some time, they’re now more ubiquitous and affordable.

Susan Jewell December 15th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

The Concierge Level, in Chattanooga, TN is currently an executive office center but is looking to dovetail into coworking to reach this group of freelancers, work-from-homers, sales people, or anyone else in our area who works from home but would like to have some community. We’re still in the planning phase, but please get in touch and let us know if you’re interested and what you would like to see in a coworking space. Coffee service? Wi-Fi? Fax? Printers? http://www.theconciergelevel.com / 423.266.6388
Susan Jewell
Chattanooga, TN

Sanford Dickert February 12th, 2009 at 8:47 am

In New York City, we have opened New Work City located at 200 Varick (corner of Houston and Varick). Check out our offerings at http://www.nwcny.com

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