Google the term ‘Coworking’ and you will eventually stumble upon memes such as this one.
As funny as these memes are, they do address a fundamental misunderstanding of what exactly a coworking space entails. If you picture a space inhabited by loud, obnoxious, self-proclaimed entrepreneurs whose desks are overrun with a mass of tangled wires, laptops, coffee mugs and the occasional cold pizza slice, then you might just be buying into the skewed perception of the coworking world.
Here are 4 of the most common myths about coworking that you need to stop believing now.
1. Only for Startups, Creatives or IT workers
Although startup employees and freelancers tend to dominate the kind of workers you would typically see at coworking space, anyone who has flexible work arrangements can feel free to take advantage of one. It is an extremely convenient option for remote workers and corporate employees who are in the market for a dynamic work place. Not only does it offer a break from the monotony of a desk job in a corporate office, but workers can also save time and money on commuting by choosing a local coworking space.
Freelancers are also at an advantage in such spaces as it gives them the opportunity to build connections and collaborations. It is not uncommon to see medium and large enterprises placing a team in a coworking space where they can experience open communication, collaboration and being in midst of innovative and enterprising people. Coworking essentially works for almost every kind of worker.
2. Too Noisy and Distracting
This is one of the most damaging myths out there about coworking. It paints the picture of a work place with no walls, no rules and no privacy. While this is partly true, this does not necessarily spell disaster for someone who is just trying to get some work done. Coworking spaces are open environments that encourage collaboration and also respect for your fellow co-workers. At the end of the day everyone at a coworking space is there to get a job done. There is a general buzz of noise in the air in any coworking space, but no more so than that in a regular office. If you prefer silence while you work, maybe a pair of noise cancelling headphones can do the trick.
Coworking spaces promote a culture of openness and discussion which focuses on putting the business first and not hierarchies. This is why open spaces are becoming the norm across the world, even in Silicon Valley.
3. Only works in Big cities
In a country like India entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers are not limited to just the big cities anymore. With more and more people following the startup trend and companies expanding to remote locations coworking spaces are doing the same. These spaces provide a strong sense of community for such workers and help nurture productivity and efficiency.
4. Everyone must collaborate
Introverts rejoice! Just because you choose to work at a coworking space does not mean that you have to collaborate and interact with its other denizens. Collaboration is an added perk of coworking not an obligation. You can choose whether or not collaborating interests you and whether it ultimately adds value to your business as well as that of your co-collaborator.
So brush aside those preconceived notions and let the Coworking phenomena help broaden the horizons of your business.
Beginest is a Coworking Space based out of Indiranagar, Bangalore. We have a dedicated team of professionals at our core who work tirelessly to provide you with office spaces that will allow you to do your best work. This is coupled with the opportunity to be a part of our thriving community of entrepreneurs and startups.
Our founders are experienced tech entrepreneurs who have a ring-side view of starting and scaling businesses. They understand and actively promote the concept of an open company culture and align Beginest to embody these ideals.
Collaboration, respect and fun are all just part of the package here at Beginest.
If you have any questions or queries about Coworking or about our Coworking spaces in Bangalore why don’t you get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org?
(Indiranagar 100 feet Road | www.beginest.com |+91 910 802 9762)