Coworking communities are great for so many types of people.
They provide a place to work that also gives you a chance to network, learn from others, and help others. Coworking communities are full of support, encouragement, and business know-how that is hard to find elsewhere.
What are coworking communities?
Coworking communities are groups of people who come together to work, network, and support each other. Most of these communities are based in physical coworking spaces, but some groups have successfully built online communities.
In a physical coworking space, people may work in lounges and shared tables, individual desks, or private offices. No matter where they work, though, they are ultimately a community.
Who can you find in these communities?
You’ll always find a wide range of people and businesses in a coworking community. Most of them fall into these categories.
Freelancers, contractors, and consultants make up a big part of many coworking communities. They often come to coworking spaces to take advantage of the professional environment to meet with clients and to have a place to work that isn’t their house.
These people work in just about every field you can imagine – from illustrators and graphic designers to financial advisors and bookkeepers.
Startups are at the heart of many coworking spaces, especially if those spaces were once business incubators or hackerspaces. The startup crowd is often the most enthusiastic part of the community.
Many of the startups in coworking spaces are tech startups, as the digital nature of their work makes it easier for them to adapt to shared office space. They usually don’t need a lot of tools or equipment outside of their computers.
The startups in a particular coworking community may just be a few co-founders, or they might be co-founders and a small staff.
The entrepreneurs and business owners in a coworking space were often once startups themselves. They may have started their business out of that community or joined later in their career. They may have made this one business their whole life or they might be serial entrepreneurs.
Whatever their story is, entrepreneurs are always an important part of a coworking community. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, and most are willing to do so.
The Remote Worker
While remote workers have always had a place in coworking communities, their numbers have been growing since the pandemic. Many people had a taste of working outside of the traditional office setting and don’t want to go back.
Other remote workers might be there because their company actually closed down their office building and is paying for their teams to work out of coworking spaces. If that’s the case, you might have several people from the same company all working in the same coworking community.
The Community Manager
Ok, this one is technically part of the coworking space’s staff, but they are someone you should definitely know.
The Community Manager wears many hats in a coworking community, and which hats they wear will vary depending on which coworking space you’re at. They may be responsible for memberships and reservations, event planning, problem-solving and minor maintenance, technology, and more. They keep the coworking organized and running smoothly.
These aren’t all of the people you’ll find in coworking communities, but most of them will fit into one of these categories. Whoever you find, though, there’s always space for you and what you do.