Oxford Dictionary defines co-working as the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different companies, typically so as to share
equipment, ideas, and knowledge: the whole idea of co-working is to bring bright, creative people together and let the ideas collide.
There are many reasons to try out co-working, but here at Alloy 26, we think that these are quite simply the most important:
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
At Alloy 26, the explosion of ideas by bringing different people together is at the forefront of our mission. Creating a carefully curated and inspiring atmosphere for our members to work and collaborate on meaningful projects forms a unique culture different from a traditional office. A study done by GCUC and Emergent Research states that 80% of coworkers surveyed turn to other co-working members for help, guidance or to find/source work, and 82% said co-working has expanded their professional networks. Need to hire a graphic designer? Have a question about the latest social media trends? Worthy expertise may be found in the co-worker sitting right next to you. Lastly, 83% of co-workers reported they are less lonely – At the very least, sad desk lunches won’t feel as sad if you’re with like-minded company!
Flexibility and Affordability
Keep it lean, keep it mean. “Lean start-up practices aren’t just for young tech ventures. Large companies, such as GE and Intuit, have begun to implement them.” Start by finding office space that doesn’t break the bank. A traditional commercial lease locks you in for at least 5 years, and can cost a pretty penny. If you’re just starting out you probably don’t know where your company will be in 5 months, let alone 5 years from now! Our memberships start at just $75/month with month-to-month terms, so you’ll never be stuck (although we hope you stay). Low membership fees and short-term leases can let you focus on growing your business efficiently, instead of worrying about how you are going to make rent.
Whether you are ready to take the plunge, or just get your feet wet, co-working is a relatively risk-free opportunity to take your business or organization to the next level!