The Future of Shared Office Space Has Arrived
Think back to 2005 when there was only one official shared coworking space in the whole of the US. It was a novel concept but not one that many could see a future in. Well, by 2013 the demand had grown so much that there were hundreds in the US, and more than 3,000 official coworking setups worldwide. Now it’s 2016 and the numbers have gone off the charts. Why is this, what’s the cause of this boom in shared working environments? The answer is simple, it’s demand.
The Digital Revolution
The digital revolution began around the 1980s. It was a time that changed the way we lived our lives and conducted business forever. It continues to evolve. Shared offices and state-of-the-art coworking spaces arrived off the back of this technological age. This matters because it opened new doors and new opportunities for people around the world. These are opportunities which allow folks to invest in new and more interesting lifestyles. There is also more opportunity to create wealth, no matter who you are or where you happen to be in the world. All you need is a computer, a connection to the internet and the determination to follow through with your dreams.
A lot of the heavy industry has since died out. Today we see more information-intensive and less labor-intensive ways of conducting business. The virtual world has paved the way for armchair globalization. It’s more about knowhow these days than it is physical skills. We live in a world where working smart, rather than hard, is the recipe for a successful business.
Goodbye to Old Costs
Thanks to the shared office space and range of services they provide, all those old overheads are gone for good. Anyone can still invest in permanent office space and fulltime staff if they need to. But the point is this: people don’t have to, not if they don’t need to or can’t afford it. The virtual office has given us all a leg up to join the next Digital Gold Rush.
The future for coworking spaces looks rosy. First we saw the internet and the new opportunities that created. Now you have professional, affordable spaces to work from. These include everything you could possibly need to branch out and take your ideas up to the next level. There are no limits to what you can achieve today other than the limitations of one’s own imagination.
The Way Forward
Some would say the way forward is already here. In some ways they’re right. Walk in to the Office Evolution Hackensack center in New Jersey, US, and you will see the future of office space. These futuristic spaces have everything you could possibly need on demand, everything! You not only have coworking areas but entire executive suites and facilities too, for those who need them. From virtual receptionists to purpose built meeting and conference rooms, it’s all here. The future is set for freelancers, tech startups and other creative types who need the space and tools to turn business ideas into reality. It’s not just comfortable working spaces with high-speed internet connections you get either.
The coworking shared office center is a place where you get to be among a community of like-minded people who also need an office to operate from. It’s a location where collaboration and cooperation can coincide. There can be a lot of business going on between members in the shared office space too. This is something that many discover as an unexpected and welcome bonus. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Say for example you’re a freelance medical writer. And let’s assume you need an impressive website to help promote your new services. There’s a good chance you will find a freelance web developer and/or graphic artist in the center. And if there’s not, you can bet your bottom dollar that one of your coworkers can recommend someone. This is just a simple example of what can happen in shared working environments.
See, a well-run coworking center will have many members who need to use plug-and-play communal desks. It’s also likely that people who share similar services will have the same or similar interests. This means you have the potential to:
- Partake in various opportunities
- Swap and share new ideas
- Socialize at events of mutual interest
- Make a bunch of new friends or business acquaintances
Before you think this is a space full of banter and idle chitchat, let’s put things into perspective.
What the Coworking Space Isn’t
It’s not noisy, hectic or cluttered chaos that’s for sure. It’s not distractive and people are not walking around interrupting others. There’s a certain ambience about these spaces, one that motivates and gets people thinking. This is not something that folks get to experience too often while working at home. The virtual office is nothing like working in a home set up. It’s certainly no traditional office set up either. You can view it more as an organic type of community of smart innovators and entrepreneurs who share common interests.
People don’t usually form new relationships in a shared office from the work desk. The way people get to meet is usually in the communal kitchens or at lunch times. Office Evolution Hackensack has a beverage bar, which is a great place to meet other members. Seriously, you won’t find much disruptive crosstalk going on in these places. There’s a kind of unwritten rule of mutual respect that demands a peaceful space to work from.
The Trend Is Set
There’s no turning back now. More people are quitting their fulltime jobs and working for themselves than ever before. If you’ve had enough of the 9-5 and would like to chance your arm at a more independent way of making a living, you know what you have to do. You have all the tools at your disposal. Now all you need is the courage to take the plunge. People across the country are making these life-changing decisions all the time. The future of the shared office is going from strength to strength. It has to, so that it can meet this rising demand from the nation’s growing independent workforce.
In the third quarter of 2015, there were 14.76 million self-employed people. The stats are not yet in for 2016, but they’re going to be higher and will continue to grow over time.
If you’re ready for change, why not give us a call or send us a message today and see if your future lies in the shared office concept that’s now sweeping the nation.
At Office Evolution Hackensack, we understand the unique challenges of being an entrepreneur and small firm professional and we have designed our services and workspace with you in mind.
Our Virtual Offices and Private Offices have flexible packages and options to suit your specific needs. We offer meeting rooms, offices, a coworking lounge, a shared reception, business address, and virtual receptionist services. We have many options and price points, and all terms are flexible. Plus, you become part of a community of like-minded professionals.
Whether you live in Teaneck, Bergenfield, Bogota, River Edge, New Milford, Hackensack, Englewood, Paramus, and other communities nearby, choosing Office Evolution Hackensack in New Jersey will help you be more professional, productive, and profitable.