This is How Coworking Makes Coffee Shops Obsolete

Throughout high school and college, a coffee shop may have been your second home, or may even still be. I’m sure you can picture a 20-year-old version you working in Starbucks, feet up on the ottoman, papers spread all over the couch, a third espresso shot on the end table, and the laptop burning your eyes after 6 hours of studying. Some of you may even feel nostalgia right now. This could have even been you yesterday. As much as you love(d) your “get $h!t done” couch at your local coffee house, it may be time to ditch that for a more effective and productive way to work.

The Coworking Advantage

Coworking is the hot new trend that millennials and other generations are dabbling into. Since the start of coworking spaces back in 2005, more than 14,000 of them have opened, giving a home to thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals that would normally work from home. Working in a coworking space, you have so many great perks at your fingertips. No couch at the coffee shop can match.

Professional networking is probably the coworking community’s most visible perk. While you may not meet a ton of folks chatting during work hours, coworking spaces will hold a multitude of community-building events from workshops to happy hours for its members. This is a great opportunity to create and grow your own network of intelligent, entrepreneurial-minded professionals. You never know who you’re going to meet and where that relationship will lead in the future. As much as you love running into your old high school classmates at your local coffee shop, joining a coworking community will connect you with a rich network of resources and wisdom.

Don’t worry, there will still be coffee — and a lot of it. Expect coffee and tea, water, snacks, and other refreshments for you to enjoy included in your membership dues or daily pass charge. There is no limit to the amount that you can enjoy, alleviating the need to stop and get coffee before arriving or during work.

Have you ever tried writing a research paper or creating a pro forma with music, talking, and the sound of a squealing espresso machine going on in the background? Not so easy. Coworking members appreciate a more focused workplace than the steady stream of activity in a coffee shop. This leads to minimal distraction, greater productivity, and less time spent working on a single task.

Finally, many of these coworking hubs give members 24-hour access, giving you the freedom to work when you want without getting the “you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here” look from the coffee barista at 10 o’clock. So, if you’re a night owl, this really may just be the best investment you can make in yourself and your business.

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…and don’t forget to check out our past blog entries on how technology is transforming retail and how coworking is empowering that technological transformation!