Co-working spaces boom in popularity
Co-working spaces seem to have all the things you liked most about working with others without any of the annoying drawbacks.
Co-working spaces, which include business incubators, are increasingly common because of the many benefits associated with sharing an office environment – the biggest of course being the money you save. They are also popular with major businesses as secondary locations – especially in sprawling areas like South Florida.
Co-working spaces have also been shown to increase creativity, networking and collaboration with others. While the benefits of communal workspaces are many, there are a few drawbacks as well.
” Collaboration: Businesses in co-working spaces are incredibly diverse, ranging from the startup, freelancer, and artist to the small business and large multinational. They typically all have this in common: they want to learn from other entrepreneurs, and grow their business. Collaboration is a natural by product.
Affordability: Office sharing generally costs substantially less than renting a traditional office space and makes more economic sense if you are a start-up with a small budget, or a freelancer just starting out. Aside from the money you’ll save, you won’t be forced to sign a long lease.
” Amenities: Co-working spaces give you access to amenities that you may not otherwise be able to afford. While Wi-Fi and access to conference rooms are fairly typical, other more luxurious amenities can include gyms.
” Educational programming: Many co-working spaces provide educational seminars and lectures that appeal to their members or customers. Depending on the particular industry or niche, a workspace may host seminars for entrepreneurs or lectures featuring local business leaders.
” Networking: Communal work environments naturally lend themselves to more interaction and socialization which in turn leads to effortless networking.
” Distractions: The socializing aspect of co-working spaces can work for or against you depending on your personality and the manner in which you work. If you are the type that is easily distracted, a co-working space may not be for you.
” Conflicts and Competition: Your co-working environment should generate a lot of positivity and productivity but disputes break out in all kinds of environments. For instance, if you find yourself in direct competition with those in close proximity to you – a conflict could arise.
” Cost: Although co-working spaces are generally more affordable than private spaces, some co-working spaces can still be pretty steep. The range is generally $300 to $600 a month but sometimes they can run as high as $900.
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Co-working spaces in South Florida
LAB Miami – An incubator by LAB Miami and the Knight Foundation https://thelabmiami.com/
Pipeline” A high-design shared workplace in Miami https://www.pipelinebrickell.com/
Venture Hive – An incubator in Miami
WeWork – Coming soon to Lincoln Road
Axis Space – A co-working space on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale https://axisspace.com
Startup Delray – Supporting entrepreneurship in Delray Beach www.twitter.com/StartupDelray
FAU Tech Runway – A public-private partnership fostering start-ups https://techrunway.fau.edu/
Miami Entrepreneurship Center – Miami
Miami Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship (MICE) – Incubator, Coworking Space, Education