What is coworking? – Five Reasons It’s The New Way To Work – Los Alamos Reporter
BY CHRISTINA MCCORMICK
Community & Marking Manager
The past two years have been a difficult time for all of us. We have had to reinvent ourselves, our families and our work, while trying to stay healthy in the midst of the unknown.
Did you know that there is a new way of working? The popularity of coworking is increasing as it solves many daily challenges. projectY cowork has been part of the Los Alamos community for 5 years now and can offer a more flexible and healthier way to work, whether you’re spending a day, getting a punch card, or getting a regular monthly membership. Here are the top 5 reasons coworking beats traditional offices and working from home.
Number 1: flexibility
Who said that it was difficult or impossible to reconcile professional and private life? Coworking makes this balance, and much more, possible. projectY cowork is open 24/7, so with a subscription you can get what you need to do – when you want it. We also have the flexibility in our space to sit and work where you are most comfortable, from a table to a sofa, ottoman or even a soundproof phone booth.
Number 2: Community
The people who use coworking spaces are unique and even more so are our members of projectY cowork. Being a part of our community means you have access to member discounts at local restaurants and breweries; equipment such as tripods, A / V systems, photo backgrounds, tables / chairs and more that will allow you to better market your business or event; and we regularly respond to member requests for coffee, soda maker and more. You can have an office environment that is more fun and with people who work for different companies. And you’ll probably even make new friends!
Number 3: Collaboration
Have you ever been stuck on a project and need a new perspective? The great thing about coworking is that the members here come from different backgrounds and industries, so it’s easy to get new eyes and new advice. Coworking has a motto: “Work alone, but not alone”. Everyone who walks in is from a different company and / or industry, but they’re there to add that social aspect that many remote workers don’t get by working from home or in their private offices. It’s so wonderful to see the members here at projectY discussing projects, asking questions, asking for a fresh look or ideas on a piece, and more. But, if you just want to stop to concentrate and get the job done, the members respect your privacy as well.
Number 4: Amenities
Living in Los Alamos we all know it can get hot in the summer and many of us don’t have air conditioning at home. projectY cowork offers amenities that sometimes you can’t get at home – a comfortable, air-conditioned workspace, included! We offer high-speed Wi-Fi, printer and scanning, access to a conference room with a dedicated phone line, whiteboard and television for presentations, as well as other amenities such as the access to a network of local and regional professionals who can advise you on a variety of topics. – from accounting to marketing.
Number 5: it’s different!
Having a routine is good, but at the same time it can get old or boring. For me, I notice that when I’m too comfortable, I don’t push myself to do better or change. Since we’re located downtown, you can walk around for a coffee (or get some free from projectY!), A sandwich, or even a piece of chocolate next to it. Or take a break and stroll through Ashley Pond. With coworking, the atmosphere is different, our members can come whenever they want, and that little difference can spark something new!
And if you don’t believe me, check out this article in the Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2015/05/why-people-thrive-in-coworking-spaces
This Monday, August 9, is International Coworking Day to celebrate this collaborative and flexible way of working. projectY will offer today a free coworking to all those who wish to come to see us. No reservation is necessary, come see us! Free coffee, snacks, special discounts on memberships and punch cards, coupons and freebies to all participants! Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but our members also have 24/7 access. For more information, see our website at www.projectYLosAlamos.com, call us at 505-661-4862 or email me at [email protected]