When Susan and I first had the idea of opening a Coworking space in Springfield, one of my son’s college friends, said to me, “I don’t get it; isn’t that what the library is for?

For a nanosecond, I was speechless.

Ben’s college library is his work community—and I can still recall that vibe. Can you?

Coworking is a way of keeping that collaborative and creative approach to work. It started with urban millenials and startups, and is expanding to “remote” workers, independent marketers, designers, writers and editors.

Susan and I are committed to help grow this trend. So much so, we have opened our own coworking space, WorkAway Solutions.

Before opening our new workspace, we talked to a lot to coworkers and researched this megatrend--which some call a social movement--bringing diverse professionals together. With that, members find camaraderie, referrals, brainstorming, and support.

So as we conducted our research, we found out that nine out of 10 people surveyed by the Harvard Business Review said they were happier since they started coworking. Coworkers also said that they see their work as more meaningful, with more cooperation and less competition.

Some coworkers say they feel they are part of a social—not political—movement, in which diverse people are trying to find common ground to grow their work and their businesses together.

Susan and I have both been part of the Gig Economy. We have both worked full time jobs for long stints and we have also worked on projects and startups and worked as consultants. Our Gig work represents more than one third of the workforce today, but by 2020, we will represent more than 40 percent of the economy, according to estimates.

We have an opportunity to influence the nature of work, and we invite you to join us in our experiment.

 

 

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