The Rise of Coworking Spaces
When you think of a freelancer, you often think of a home office. Allowing you to schedule your day and give yourself flexible hours. But then again, it’s not for all people. Some can get “cabin fever.”
This is why we are seeing a rise in co-working spaces popping up globally catering to the ones who want to “get out of the house.”
It is estimated in 2018, 33% of today’s workforce are freelancing. By the end of 2019 it is expected to rise to 40%. These trends have brought a new growing market, the co-working industry.
In 2018 we saw the first major boom totaling an opening of 2,188 spaces worldwide. By the 2019, there were nearly 19,000 coworking spaces. The number is growing daily and is expected to reach nearly 26,000 by 2025.
“With the freelance market growing year by year, more and more people are benefiting from the perks these co-working spaces give them,” says Ivan CEO of CryptoTask. “80% of career success is literally showing up and meeting people. And these spaces offer networking events and collaborative environments between these freelancers.”
“Now, of course, co-working spaces are not meant for everyone. You, in fact, have to pay to be a member or own your seat. Could that money be spent elsewhere to further your career?” It comes down to budget and the needs of that individual.
So what are the average global costs you may ask?
According to DeskMag, the average monthly price for a dedicated desk in the U.S. is $387. For those who do not want their own dedicated desk, there are cheaper alternatives where you work from a location in the space that is available - known as “hot desk.” The average price globally is at $195 per month. These prices fluctuate across continents.
Whether you are a perfect match or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a look at our chosen top 3 largest coworking companies that may be popping up near you.
Founded in New York in 2010, the space is for entrepreneurs, startup/enterprise companies and freelancers. There are over 800 locations worldwide.
Its openness feel showcases well-lit rooms often designated with see through glass walls for its offices. Paying members have free perks such as snacks and coffee and includes a beer tap that runs from 5 to 8pm (depending on your location).
Impact Hub is in 55 countries across 5 continents and is one of the world's largest communities and accelerators for positive change. Its core focus is supporting startups and entrepreneurs claiming 6,400 startups have been founded at Impact Hub between 2012 and 2016. If you are looking at more of being an entrepreneur than a freelancer, Impact Hub might be your perfect fit.
Spaces have been growing rapidly since 2008, originating in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Located across different continents with offices in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Pacific, including Africa, Spaces strives to be extremely flexible with their customers. Their contracts are tailored to the exact needs of their clients, thus you pay what you want.
So there you have it. Now that you know a little more about co-working spaces maybe it’s something to give a try. Then again we all pay rent or have a home, so that always will become priceless in your work routine. But if you need to ever get out and be active, maybe a co-working space is fit for you!
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Note: This article has been updated since its original publication on Medium.