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What Are the Biggest Misconceptions About Coworking Office Space?

SAN FRANCISCO-What’s the biggest misconception about coworking and what should people be aware of if they want to try coworking? Two very good questions that many people–both coworking office space operators and coworking users–would like to know. caught up with Genevieve DeGuzman and Andrew Tang, authors of Working in the UnOffice: A Guide to Coworking for Indie Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits, to ask just those questions.

Working in the UnOffice is a collection of stories, advice, and strategies from startups, freelancers, and telecommuters working in coworking spaces and collaborative work environments across the U.S. Genevieve and Andrew also run Night Owls Press, an editorial services and publishing company in San Francisco, Calif. You can get in touch with them on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, here’s this qualified duo’s take on the biggest misconception about coworking and what should people be aware of if they want to try coworking:

Many people believe that coworking is exclusively for the office set. It’s not. Many shared workshops, do-it-yourself spaces, and hacker enclaves cater to inventors, steampunk enthusiasts, tinkerers, mechanics, and scientists looking for heavy machinery, equipment, and tools for their projects.

Artists also patronize shared workspaces, looking for floor space not desk space, to solder and fuse sculptures or giant installations. These types of coworking spaces– examples include BioCurious, TechShop, and NoiseBridge— \are veritable creative hotspots where collaboration and community are the foundation.

Coworking is also a great option for people who are employed but work independently (aka telecommuters). Spaces like Satellite Telework Centers in Northern California work with established companies looking to place their employees remotely in a professional business environment.

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Jennifer LeClaire

Jennifer LeClaire is a veteran business journalist, editor and new media entrepreneur with a strong niche in real estate and technology. She works from a home office on the beach in South Florida. You can reach her through LinkedIn.

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