Co-working is a rapidly growing option around the world for entrepreneurs.  From building a brand, to growing a business in a professional work space, different companies choose co-working for different reasons. Work Hive provides an open studio environment for working, collaborating, creating and fostering new businesses.

Tim Houghten from G Code outlines many great benefits to coworking:

10 Benefits of Coworking for Entrepreneurs
1. Ability to leverage the press and visibility of space to improve brand awareness
2. Higher productivity free from the distractions of home
3. Enhanced credibility with a professional office, mailing address and meeting space
4. Built in networking opportunities and organized events
5. Natural meeting place for angel investors looking to fund early stage startups
6. Endless collaboration opportunities with fellow coworkers
7. Leveraging an intelligent knowledge base (for free)
8. Only pay for what you need, eliminating traditional office expenses
9. Cross-promotion opportunities for low cost-high impact marketing
10. Inspirational surroundings for creating your best work
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As coworking spaces have become all the rage in recent years almost regardless of the improving job market and overall economy, the most common commentary about being a member at one is the possibility of community, connection, and collaboration.

It makes sense that being around strangers all day long and sharing a kitchen and bottomless coffee before some kind of networking event begins will encourage socializing, but something still needs to actually inspire that drive to connect.

In 2012 an article was posted on Geekpreneur about the first introduction of coworking spaces and why they were becoming successful.

The article mentions the power of the studio's noise level. There is a certain kind and volume of noise that is optimum for people to be productive and subsequently motivated to engage with others around them.

The author writes: "A good co-working office will have the buzz of a workspace rather than the relaxed atmosphere of a home or the multiple distractions of a corner table in a café. When you’re surrounded by other freelancers who have their heads down and are focused on a project, peer pressure forces you to do the same." 

Much like a college library, a certain level of buzzing noise that indicates people talking, rustling papers, or tapping on computer keyboards creates the office environment full of productivity and focus without forcing you to be in a cubicle jungle watching the clock.

The article goes on to argue that working with your headphones in may not always be the most productive method because it cuts you off from the aforementioned noise, relies heavily on your choice of music, and cuts you off from socializing and connecting with your peers around you.

Of course, we are not suggesting that you socialize all day long and open yourself to be interrupted and distracted every day, but letting the noise of the people around and then making sure to get up, walk around, and say hello to someone, however briefly, will have a tremendous impact on your productivity and potentially the future of your career.

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Until a couple of years ago, coworking spaces were almost solely dominated by entrepreneurs and small startup teams who needed a consistent place to meet that was not their studio apartments. Now, though, big corporations are buying out entire sections of coworking spaces (we are talking entire floors) for their employees and teams.

For employees who have created a remote contract or for companies hoping to establish themselves in a new city, the corporation does not need to shell out a lot of money and waste a lot of time in order to buy and construct a totally new office in that city.

The setup is easy, there is less paperwork, and no delay in the employees' ability to serve the company's bottom line from a new location.

The accounting department in a corporation benefits from the flexibility of memberships and desk spaces as well as the "pay-as-you-grow" plans that only cost them what they need at any given time and allows them to track expenses based on their specific employees' work setting or role, as reported in a recent The New Web article.

Corporations are also attracted to coworking spaces for several reasons related to overall corporate strategy. The article explains that companies either partner with or buy space in coworking studios in order to methodically explore:

  1. how to best enter new markets based on what other members are working on
  2. partnering with either the coworking space itself or startups within the office for new innovation
  3. different startups entering the market themselves for the sake of potential future acquisitions

Long standing corporate institutions remain stalwart in their old office design, but the trend of corporations using and infusing themselves into coworking spaces seems to be just beginning.

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When entrepreneurs start a company or remote employees become officially remote, there is exhilaration in the idea of total flexibility and the option to work from home.

Commute? Rolling from the bed to the couch.

Coffee run? More like coffee walk to the kitchen.

Interruptions from coworkers? Not even possible.

It sounds pretty ideal. Total silence. All day long. In your pajamas.

But what happens when it's too quiet and your pajamas are too comfy? You don't get anything done. And no one is around to motivate you.

The problem is that your projects and deadlines do not change while your productivity decreases.

Cue Cabin Fever.

When people come to Work Hive for a tour, the need to get out of the house is the number one reason they are seeking coworking space.

Our community manager, Taylor, made this transition himself. He says, "I had been surprisingly productive working at home for a couple of years, but my move to Salt Lake City paralleled an increase in tasks for my business so I knew I'd have to be able to focus harder and longer on whatever project than I would have at home."

Jamie Syke, a graphic designer based in Germany, echos this need upon his move to Berlin: "I used to absolutely and unequivocally swear by the concept of working from home. But since I moved to Berlin 3 months ago, the idea quickly stagnated. Selling all my belongings and living in AirBNBs meant I was effectively working from someone else’s “home”. And it just didn’t work. I found myself feeling uncomfortable."

Even though a designer's work is as remote as they come, Jamie still did not feel as productive as he could have. His situation was uniquely extreme in that he started his tenure in Germany staying in numerous Airbnbs, but the point remains that his productivity was affected.

24/7 access to the space, which is inherently full of other people who want to be productive, provides the flexibility for a lot of solopreneurs and remote workers to take advantage of reliable productivity based on when during the day they are uniquely the most focused.

In addition, other than the endless coffee that is available, Syke mentions the power of simply being around other people: "I’ve found working around a bunch of other people who are also working, and not pissing around watching YouTube or the latest episode of Mr Robot has been incredible for me and my productivity."

Coworking spaces around the world offer so many variations of amenities, but the most important features remain the most simple:

  1. Flexible access
  2. Proximity to other people
  3. Productivity
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