At the start of the new year I started to get more interest in people making resolutions to get out of the house and get an office or join a coworking community. Since coworking is a new concept I always anticipate on explaining how coworking is more like a clubhouse to work versus an office that is rented. Some people get it and some people don’t.
You don’t rent.
Renting is a temporary transfer of ownership that just does not exists to the extent that people are familiar with in a traditional office space where a lease is signed. People don’t rent because there isn’t much to rent and claim their own since we share Wifi, printing, space, and ideas.
Coworking is a membership driven organization where members purchase a plan to join a community of like-minded freelancers and remote workers. Members simply purchase a monthly membership on a month-by-month basis that helps pay for the workspace that we all share.
Coworking is place of relationships versus property. Many coworking spaces do have permanent desks where members can bring a large monitor and decorate a desk but they are first and foremost joining a community of ideas. A coworking community brings people together to work side-by-side in which develops relationships, ignites ideas, and creates an environment of camaraderie. Yes, it’s a place to work but it’s also a place to belong.