Coworking: The Future of Work

Coworking is a new way of working that is sweeping across the globe. Anywhere you travel there is most likely a coworking space, which in my opinion is how it should be. Working while on vacation is less than ideal but coworking spaces definitely make it easier and exponentially more fun. Coffee shops can get loud, distracting, and expensive. Being in an environment which serves as an office for a wide range of professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers, allows you to have better focus and thrive in your work.

If you’re like me then you ditched (well, never started) the 9-5 office life and found yourself in a coworking space. I am lucky enough to both work for and work at a local coworking space, WorkTable, located in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Although WorkTable is a newly founded coworking community, we have already made quite the impact on our local community through our workspace which doubles as a great place to host events. During the weekdays we have members working away, while at night and on the weekends we have events such as pop-up shops, workshops and even musical performances. Building a community both within our workspace and with the local community is a high priority of WorkTable. Coworking isn’t possible without a wonderful community to share it with!

WorkTable– 140 Washington St., Marblehead

As amazing as WorkTable is, unless you’re in this area there aren’t many benefits for you. Luckily another coworking space, WeWork, has more than 15 great locations around the globe. WeWork has locations across America, as well as in Israel, the United Kingdom, and Amsterdam. They offer office space for anyone from a freelancer, to employees of large companies and everyone in between. Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, WeWork is open 24/7 so you really can work whenever it is convenient for you.

The ability to choose your own hours at the office space of your choice is a huge benefit of WeWork, and coworking as a whole. One thing that WeWork has is an online network which connects members and allows members to promote and build their companies. At a traditional office, everyone is already on the same team so there is no need to promote your career. At coworking spaces, your coworkers are a range of professionals who can help you build a wider network.

If you live in the Boston area but don’t live near Marblehead or any of the WeWork locations, check out this list and this map of all the local coworking places! Coworking places are popping up left and right in Boston, so you can pick the place that is the most convenient for you.

Coworking spaces are so much more than just a place to work. It’s a place to be an independent professional; getting work done on your own time, surrounded by other likeminded individuals. It’s a wonderful alternative to a traditional office space.  Adding fun and inspiration to your workday can benefit you both personally and professionally. Coworking truly is an innovative way of working, and at this rate, will be the future of work.

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Emily Riane