Ode to Coworking
Being your own boss, work happens just about anywhere you can balance a laptop and soak up some internet.
Which can feel super liberating, as you sleep in on Monday morning, mosey down to your fave cafe, and clock in when you choose. As you invest in your own development to go work, network and adventure around the world. When you take time out between tasks to plunge in the ocean, like I just did. Best.reset.ever…
Often it’s easiest to simply work from home - wonderfully convenient and flexible and perfectly you yes - but the home HQ can have its drawbacks... Personally, I find the #procrastifaffery factor goes up exponentially at home - with the fridge, laundry, cups of tea, fridge, staring at the garden, and those problem-solving snacks my main distractions. Getting productive outside of my domestic day-to-day is one reason I love coworking.
Here are a few more ways that coworking is so brilliant.
A coworking venue or event creates the ideal scenario for you to get things done. Ideally, you access a clear space free of familiar distractions, nimble internet, and plug into the collective hum of other entrepreneurial folks.
I sign up for several days each month coworking, which align with childcare days. Depending on what you are up to, you can often buy anytime membership or just a day pass when visiting. It’s not expensive but the paid commitment means that I am mindful to make the most of my time. I aim to pack my supplies each day, but good coffee, tea and food are always easy to find.
Lists are slayed in coworking spaces.
There are often powerful opportunities to spark up new ideas, connections and opportunities around coworking. You may stumble into your next collaborator as they ideate across the room from you, incubate or amplify your venture with support from coworkers, and expand with all sorts of business and personal development events that arise there.
In my time coworking, I’ve benefited from so many introductions, workshops, presentations and provocations. So grateful to have participated in beginner’s dim-lit breakdancing thanks to Groove Therapy at The Corner Palm, conscious business collaboration thanks to WE-Being, and some of the most gloriously-catered serendipitous business meetings at StartInno and 100 Mile Table.
Coworking builds community, invaluable to support the entrepreneurial life.
It can feel isolating and heartbusting to be building a business on your own terms, but you are never alone. There are over 300 coworking spaces in Australia including 15% in regional centres like here in Byron Bay, and over 10,000 worldwide. Coworking is a trend on the rise, with the future of work getting ever more collaborative, gig-based and flexible.
I relish the coworking venues and events that cultivate community. Recently visiting Melbourne, I was warmly welcomed by the One Roof community of women in business. They have me a tour of the gorgeous office and presentation spaces, and I enjoyed a laser-focused few hours coworking there. I love their approach to creating an ecosystem of women-led startups, workshops and networking, with a vision to also offer childcare and business support for women to thrive coworking across Australia.
Coworking enables us to support each other, with fluidity and mutual respect to match the opportunities and demands of entrepreneurship.
Coworking is awesome for carving out those precious quiet times, with headphones and focus on, and you can offer each other accountability in getting #allthethings done. And those moments when tech gremlins smite, cashflow vaporises, mindset wobbles, or shtupid mistakes make you wish for a timemachine already, there will be others coworking who have been there and can help you appreciate your options. For those lovelier moments when you achieve something inconceivably excellent, are #happydancing with a new sale, or beaming with beautiful feedback, you can share the joy with your coworking community.
Beyond your business, coworking can seed powerful relationships and emergent opportunities. All good things for your wellbeing.
As Leah Kearns describes about WE-Being, “We’re not only about getting things completed for your business but we also talk together about intuition, metaphysics, living in life as a human “being”, not human doing.” WE-Being offers live and virtual coworking programs throughout Australia, underpinned by an online platform to connect conscious community members.
Right now I’m so grateful to have access to such inspiring coworking space and people, particularly as we gear up to move house. In future, I am envisioning opportunities to start up a coworking space and create value in my new community...Will keep you posted!