BRIEF HISTORY OF COWORKING SPACE



Coworking seems to be a regular part of life for those who do freelancing, work remotely, or run startups today, but this was not always the case. The story of coworking began in 2005, and it has evolved dramatically ever since. Brad Neuberg is credited with starting the coworking phenomenon and making the very first coworking space. Since the rise of coworking, Neuberg saw all the misconceptions going around and decided to set them straight with a detailed blog post that confirms what inspired him to start a coworking space and how the idea evolved.

‍Brad Neuberg is credited with opening the first coworking space in 2005

How and Why It Began

As mentioned, Neuberg came up with the idea of coworking spaces in 2005. He was working at a startup but had conflicting feelings as he wanted to be able to combine the feeling of independence and freedom associated with working by himself with the community feel and structure of working in the same space and with others. Neuberg worked with a life coach and created a three-part plan that included making a new type of space that delivered that structure and community feel he wanted, giving birth to coworking.

The first coworking space was opened in 2005

The First Coworking Space

According to Neuberg, the very first coworking space to exist was San Francisco Coworking Space, which was at Spiral Muse. Neuberg had friends in the space of Spiral Muse, a feminist collective. He mentioned his coworking idea to one of them, Elana Auerbach. She let him use the space at Spiral Muse twice a week for a total of $300 a month, earning any profits past that for himself. With Neuberg’s dad providing the first few months’ rent for the space, the San Francisco Coworking Space officially began. The first official coworker in the space way Ray Baxter, a startup developer, athlete, and father. This was followed by the second coworking space at the Hat Factory. That new space became necessary after around a year, as there simply was not enough room in Spiral Muse.

“In 2018 there are an estimated 18,900 coworking spaces worldwide”, according to Statista.


Why a lot of people use Coworking Space?


1. Networking and collaborating.

Coworking allows you the opportunity to network and collaborate with a wide range of bright minds. You might even make new friends in the process. Proximity gives you the chance to "pick the brains" of professionals in your own line of work as well as those in related fields. Freelance writers might choose to office with graphic designers, website designers, programmers and other writers whose work and insights help shape new perspectives.

2. Using tools on the go.

Many phone and web apps, software programs and other tools were designed to be especially beneficial outside of the office. Pare down to the absolute necessities while you're on the go. Meebo can handle your chatting needs, Line2 is a helpful alternative for a land-line phone system and DropBox assures you'll always have the files you need at your fingertips. The right tools can make all the difference in your ability to cowork successfully.

3. Breaking out of your comfort zone.

Working across the desk from someone with a completely different skill set can help you discover a new source of ideas. You might find your brain is starting to work in different ways, too. As online-marketing consultant Joyce Anderson puts it, taking the risk to invite others to work alongside you breathes new life into the creation process and shows in the finished product, as well. It's also the ideal opportunity for attendees to exercise their small-talk and networking skills.





4. Working at your own pace.

Coworking makes it possible for you to create some space between you and your clients -- just enough to redirect energy to your own projects and move at your own pace. Stop devoting hours to the same interruptions and distractions that normally plague your days. Why not work in a new environment, surrounded by new people and new stimuli? Coworking can be a respite from day-to-day workplace worries about strict deadlines or clients trying to reach you at your primary location.


5. Making full use of your coworking space.

This is an ideal time to be a freelancer or solopreneur. Coworking spaces allow a startup to maintain an address for receiving packages and mail. You can rent small suites to meet with clients or find a calm room to call clients from a no-kid zone.


6. Avoiding loneliness.

Working at home can have an isolating effect after a period of time. Coworking is an easy fix. Working amidst others can lend a sense of camaraderie, even when you're creating alongside complete strangers


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References:

https://www.coworkingresources.org/blog/history-of-coworking

http://www.the-studio.london/en/blog/read/590842259/where-it-all-began--a-brief-history-of-coworking

http://codinginparadise.org/ebooks/html/blog/start_of_coworking.html

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/287882