Why Co-working Spaces Help Businesses Succeed
“They're low-cost, and provide the typical office amenities--conference rooms, photocopiers, etc. But there are other less tangible benefits for entrepreneurs. Co-working spaces draw independent workers and start-ups to a shared office environment.”
“The number one reason that a new business should join a co-working space is for the community support. Opening your own business is scary. It’s a huge risk personally and professionally. Co-working members will support you. They will let you bounce your ideas, give you honest feedback, and cheer you on when you have a success. It’s a ready-made, diverse support mechanism just waiting for you to walk in and join.
You are able to quickly build out a diverse social network, which can potentially lead to new clients, new investors or resources to help you get the work done. Finally, co-working can save cold hard cash for strapped entrepreneurs. The best part of starting a business in a co-working space is the ability to be flexible and quick. If you need a task done outside the partners' skill set then there is likely someone in the community that could help you out for a few hours.”
Excerpt from Inc. START IT UP | Jessica Stillman | Feb 21, 2012