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Coworking characters – Which one are you?

Our coworking spaces feature a diverse cast of characters. It’s what makes our world go round. Without different personalities from all sorts of backgrounds, things around here would be far less interesting. We don’t want that.

We want to create a vibrant and colourful community.

A bit like Woodstock but with better toilet facilities.

If you’re curious about joining us, and even more curious about some of the characters you’ll encounter while you’re here, let us make a few brief introductions.

1. Introverts

There’s this misguided notion that you have to be the outgoing type to be a member of a coworking space. Actually, that’s not true. We have a few quiet and shy types working with us. They tend to hire space in broom cupboards where no one will see them. Actually, that’s not true either.

2. Extroverts

They’re outgoing but not unbearable. Our resident extroverts appreciate that this is a working space and they subdue the volume so everyone can work. Their shirts are often louder than they are.

3. Hipsters, hopsters and hamsters

We love our hipsters and our hopsters. (Hopsters are just like hipsters but with an added fondness for craft beer. So we probably love them a little bit more than our hipsters, just quietly.) But we don’t love hamsters, so please leave them at home.

4. Corporate types

They dress like they mean business.

5. Creative types

They dress like they’ve just dived into a pool of Dulux colour charts.  They often borrow shirts from our extroverts.

6. Coffee snobs

Go and ask them if they’d like a cup of International Roast. Go on. We dare you.

7. Really, really brainy people

Smart people doing PHDs and Masters and Doctorates and brainy stuff like that. They’re so bright we no longer need light bulbs.

8. Night owls

These are the people who come in while everyone else is leaving. (We’re not brave enough to ask what they do while no one else is looking.)

9. Social animals

These are the people who start talking about Friday night drinks from about Tuesday morning. If you need directions to the bar, you know who to ask.

10. Circus animals

No. That would be politically incorrect. Besides, elephants wouldn’t fit through the door. (We’ve tried)

11. Celine Dion fans

We’re not allowed to discriminate so yes, they’re here too. All one of them.

In our coworking spaces, diversity is unity.

We join together in an inclusive community, and even though there’s a “chalk and cheese” element about our membership, it works.

Just why it works?

Well, we haven’t figured that out yet. I guess we should ask our really, really brainy people.

2020 Trends Shaping Coworking Spaces

It’s fascinating to see how our coworking spaces have evolved.

Although coworking is still a relatively recent phenomenon, it’s been around long enough for us to observe trends and changes. We’re not the only keen observers. COVID-19 shifted workers from their usual office to their home office. For many, that shift is an ongoing one, and remote working is a way of life.

Working from home is a way of life that doesn’t sit too comfortably with many of them. While the change of scenery and novelty factor might have been energising to start with, the lack of social contact from working with other people has left them feeling down. That’s why they’re checking us out and calling us.

Most ask us two key questions:

Do you have real people coworking there? (Why yes, yes we do.)

What’s a coworking space like in 2020? (How long have you got?)

To answer that second question, we usually point to the trends that are shaping the global coworking model in 2020. They give our potential clients a vivid picture of what life is like in coworking spaces right now, or what might happen in the near future. Here are the big four that we’ve noticed.

Smaller Spaces Are Thriving

Worldwide, there is a trend towards “coworking conglomerates”: large companies that run coworking spaces like branches. These spaces are generic, and one is virtually identical to the other. At the other end of the scale, there are some smaller players who won’t reach the same scale, and who don’t aspire to anyway. They do offer something different though, and that is variety. For example, they might provide a career-specific type of space, or work closely with local businesses in their neighbourhood, or bring more of a sense of community and inclusion to the coworking space (like us!).

Whatever the niche, coworking spaces that do something a little different are thriving.

A Space For Startups

Coworking spaces and startups are naturally suited. The space we provide is affordable and used on an “on-demand” basis. These things make it perfect for new companies that need to keep their overheads low while giving them access to the professional services they need, e.g. fast wi-fi, meeting rooms, event spaces.

This is why an increasing number of startups are moving into coworking spaces as they begin their operations, and why coworking spaces are actively reaching out to startups at the same time.

More Add-on Services

Coming soon to coworking spaces near you: a more diverse range of services. While offering space-as-a-service is the foundation of any coworking enterprise, there is a trend towards adding other revenue streams and services, including business coaching, on-site restaurants and cafes, and IT services.

The Sense Of Community Is Growing

One of the biggest trends is community outreach, where coworking spaces look to associate with the local business community. In some cases, this is done to get local businesses to purchase memberships for employees, or to attract freelancers and remote workers away from cafes and other spaces.

Our approach towards community is slightly different.

As far as we’re concerned, a community is something we’re creating from within.

It’s important to us.

We celebrate the diversity of our members, and as more remote workers join us, and from all sorts of backgrounds, our community becomes an even more interesting and inclusive one.

No matter what new trends shape our coworking spaces in the future, our sense of community will never change.

Is working at home working for you?

Home is the place where you feel the most comfortable. It’s your haven, your hangout, and your retreat.

Your brain feels comfortable there too. The awesome thinking machine that helps you operate at maximum efficiency in the outside world can often go into a sleepy funk when it’s in familiar surroundings. It curls up like an overfed cat in front of the fire and takes it easy. There’s nothing wrong with that. Some of the time, anyway. But it’s probably the reason this whole working from home caper is just not working for you.

When your brain goes into auto-snooze while you’re trying to work from home, it can affect your performance and productivity and put you way behind schedule. What you need – what your brain needs – is a change of scenery. A fresh and stimulating working environment. As providers of said scenery change, in the shape of our welcoming and stimulating coworking spaces, we can help you up your output.

Coworking is more than a desk. It is for us, anyway.

What is really important is the sense of community. Like any community, we’re a place where all sorts of different people hang out. Our members are a diverse lot but they have one thing in common:  like you, they need to get stuff done. By surrounding yourself with like-minded people then you can’t help but absorb the energy that our productive space generates. The boredom of your own company dissipates and you feel a vibe you don’t get while working at home. Your brain switches on. You’re ready to work!

Physical remoteness is known to lead to mental isolation, which can stifle innovation and affect your work. What we’re giving you is a place where you can connect, and even collaborate, with others. But that doesn’t mean we’re party animals. Every member of our coworking spaces has a job to do. We’re not always in each other’s pockets but it’s nice to have other humans around while that hard work is happening.

Working at home sounds nice, but it just isn’t for everyone. A lot of our members tell us that. They’re glad they made the switch to the coworking areas we provide. They notice a lift in productivity and performance. Their output is better and their brain is wide awake.

Besides, our after-work drinks on a Friday are better than anything that happens at home.

You should try it. Unless sitting on the sofa with your overfed cat is more your thing.