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Working remotely doesn't mean you should work from home!

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You're a permanent freelancer or an early stage entrepreneur and you don't have an office to go to. Your options are usually one of these three things: work at home, work at a coffee shop, or work at a coworking space.

This post originally appeared on The Next Web.

In my own progression as an entrepreneur, I've gone through the above stages in that order and here's my insight into how you should evaluate your own space:

Working at Home

The big perceived incentive for working at home for most people is the savings. Spending money to rent a desk or buying coffee/food is cash that could otherwise be used on your business. It's a valid assumption, but it's important to think about how much value you could be getting by not using your home as a workspace.

Read the rest here:

https://lifehacker.com/working-remotely-doesnt-mean-you-should-work-from-home-1510086412

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Pop Up Coworking

L.L. Bean, Industrious bring outdoor pop-up coworking with wi-fi, outlets, and stationary bikes to Navy Yard

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Check out more  info below!

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/retail/l-l-bean-industrious-outdoor-coworking-wifi-outlets-stationary-bikes-navy-yard-20180718.html

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The rise of women-only coworking spaces

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For entrepreneurs, a coworking space can be the perfect place for a great idea to take root. Without a designated office to go to every day, freelancers, artists, and independent business owners can rent a desk in these hip spaces, which serve not just as an alternative to the noisy coffee shop, but also as a networking spot, where connections are made and ideas forged.

Indeed, coworking has been on the rise for years. The most infamous coworking company, WeWork, has 120,000 customers in more than 150 offices across the globe, and is worth a stunning $20 billion. But not everyone loves this trend. Some women find the spaces on offer so packed full of men who work in the tech industry, they might as well be called "broworking" spaces.

As the #MeToo and Time's Up movements shine a light on some of the hazards of working while female, coworking hubs for women and people who identify as non-binary are popping up around the country.

Read the rest here:

http://theweek.com/articles/759527/rise-womenonly-coworking-spaces

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1.7 Million Members Will Work in Coworking Spaces by the End of 2018

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In 2018, Coworking Spaces are again expecting great things for their market. The average number of members is growing and operators are planning expansions with almost the same speed as in the previous years. There is currently no dip on the horizon. However, many operators expect a consolidation. Here is the first bundle of results of the latest Global Coworking Survey: The 2018 Coworking Forecast.

According to estimates, 1.7 million people will be working in around 19,000 coworking spaces around the world by the end of 2018. Contrary to the expectations from last year, the share of new coworking spaces didn’t decline. 29% of all coworking spaces were opened over the last year – almost the same ratio as in 2017. On the other hand, the number of members didn’t grow as fast as expected.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.deskmag.com/en/1-7-million-members-will-work-in-coworking-spaces-by-the-end-of-2018-survey

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If you love coworking...you must check out GCUC

Camp GCUC is only a few week away and it’s the perfect opportunity for industry novices to get the ins and outs of opening, operating, and growing a flexible workspace.

  • GCUC will take place this April 22-25th in NYC.
  • Camp GCUC will be a coworking boot camp for those interested in entering the coworking and flexible workspace industry.
  • Speakers include industry pioneers and experts that will cover technology, real estate, design, community, and more.

For the past seven years, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) has been at the forefront of coworking trends and happenings. What started as a single event in Austin, Texas in 2011 has become the world’s largest coworking event, and as the coworking industry has grown and evolved, so has GCUC.

Three years ago, in 2015, GCUC hosted the first ever Camp GCUC. In their words, “Camp GCUC is the perfect opportunity for industry novices to learn everything about opening, managing, and growing a flexible workspace.” After all, the coworking industry is all about community, about inclusion, and just because you haven’t yet opened your first space doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the ‘juicy’ fun.

In November 2016, Liz Elam, Founder and Executive Director of GCUC, told Allwork.Space that GCUC is a constantly changing event, one that pivots based on current market trends and needs. “We change every year, depending on what’s happening and what attendees ask for.

As the industry has grown older, our content has evolved.(…)GCUC is no longer just for the beginner, but it’s also for those who have been in the coworking business for years.”

And this is why Camp GCUC was created, as a stand alone event. At Camp, attendees will learn all the basics for opening and operating a space: real estate, legal issues, design, fit out, building a community, finances.

Stormy McBride, GCUC producer, said that this year Camp GCUC is taking it up a notch. “Camp this year will be workshop and boot camp style; presenters will share content and knowledge, but we will also hand out worksheets and other takeaways that will help attendees grasp knowledge, but more importantly, know how to  implement it.”

Meet The Speakers

Liz Elam – Welcome Message

Liz Elam is the boss lady behind GCUC and she’s also the founder of Link Coworking in Austin, Texas. Elam has conducted a lot of research related to coworking and she’s the first-ever president of the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces. Elam is one of the pioneers of the coworking industry and she’s the first person you will hear speak at Camp GCUC, giving attendees the official welcome and officially starting Camp. Elam will also participate in the closing panel, where attendees will have the opportunity  to ask presenters questions.

Benjamin Dyett – Real Estate, Negotiations, and NNN

Benjamin Dyett was co-founder of Grind, a coworking space founded in 2010 and is now with Open Work Agency, a coworking consulting and advising company. Dyett has a background in law, which is why he has ample experience in real estate, corporate law, and negotiations. In 2015, Grind and Verizon announced a partnership where Grind would open and manage coworking spaces within Verizon’s real estate. At Camp GCUC, Dyett, alongside a fellow colleague, will be speaking about negotiating leases for flexible workspaces, how to raise money to absorb all the necessary costs, and how to turn your real estate into a profitable business.

 

https://allwork.space/2018/04/a-crash-course-into-coworking-meet-camp-gcucs-speakers/

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Cobalt is excited to welcome GUM to our space!

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Ginger Up Marketing aka GUM

About us

To say we enjoy our work and have a sense of humor is an understatement. That said, mix that sense of humor with 20+ years of combined marketing, graphic design, and video production. Ginger Up Marketing may be a “new” company, but these veterans are like a superband like the Raconteurs, Audioslave, or Highway Men (analogy of Avengers, X-men, or Justice League works just as well....whatever blows your hair back) of a digital creative firm. Ginger Up Marketing is a digital/video marketing and graphic design firm focusing on those who are "Gingering Up" and living their dreams. Aka GUM. We believe every company has a unique story to tell, and we love nothing more than to collaborate and help you get this story out to your target audience. We focus on high quality story telling video, graphic design, WordPress website design/development, and digital marketing (as in FB Ads, Google Adwords, and general strategy....NOT deep rooted SEO). We are based out of Denver, CO and also have operations in Austin, TX.

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We welcome in the SPRING!

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We here at Cobalt are really excited for Spring to begin in Colorado! In the season of growth and renewal we are thrilled to announce the many changes coming for Cobalt! We are currently building out 20 brand new offices spaces, along with another shared kitchen, event space and more! Come and stop by Cobalt to check out the new developments and help us to celebrate the new season!

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Featured Member: Kind Home Solutions

 

We are proud to have Kind Home Solutions as one of our featured members!

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Proudly Serving You with Efficiency

Kind Home Solutions was founded with a single goal in mind; to change the way homeowners view home improvement projects and home contractors. This industry has received a bad rap over the years and we are here to restore your trust in home professionals. Our team is passionate and determined to make a positive impact within our community while specializing in exterior painting, interior painting, and window replacement. If you're looking to support a local, family owned, Colorado company that delivers on professionalism, high quality service, and serves your community give Kind Home Solutions a call today to schedule your free estimate.

 

How We Got Started

I chose to work in this industry because I saw a real opportunity for homeowners, clients, to be treated the way they deserve. For far too long contractors have been able to get away with putting customer service last because that's what had become the industry standard. My favorite thing about this industry is the relationships you build with great people who started out as just a client. Here at Kind Home Solutions we have a dream to continue to connect with every single one of our clients and bring them the service and experience they desire and deserve..

We describe our business as Family owned and operated

https://www.homeadvisor.com/rated.KindHomeSolutionsLLC.71521577.html

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Epic Escape Room

Did you know that Epic Escape Room is in the same building as Cobalt Off Broadway? A great team building experience!

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You and your team are locked in a room.

You have 60 minutes.

You must find clues, solve puzzles, and escape the room...

Can you make an Epic Escape?

Come and experience this fun, challenging, and mind bending experience! 

https://www.epicescapegame.com/epic-location/englewood/

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Cobalt is excited to welcome The Little J Marketing Co.

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About us

Perception is reality. The Little J is a creative agency helping clients of all sizes by boosting brand awareness and building brand equity through strategic, creative marketing services. Our services include brand identity development, research & strategy, messaging & copywriting, visual & web design and video production. Inspired by a passion to serve, we know your brand deserves to be handled with intentionality, principle and responsibility. At the end of the day, the purpose of marketing is to generate revenue and deepen brand loyalty. That's what we do.

You can find them here:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-little-j-marketing-co-/

https://www.facebook.com/thelittlejmarketing/

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Cobalt's New Offices! Coming 2018

Construction on our 20 new offices is underway! We are excited to add more to the Cobalt Off Broadway community! Here we are sharing some of the conceptual design elements for our new space! Come join us!

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The Women Up Project

Interesting article about this niche women only coworking space!

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20180122/CRED03/180129999/women-only-coworking-space-opens-in-river-north

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Big companies were increasingly obsessed with co-working spaces in 2017

Interesting article from The Next Web

 

Everyone is aware of the stuffiness in corporate office spaces where cubicles separate you from others, sometimes the person you need to talk to is on another floor, and your supervisor or manager is positioned behind a closed door.

Well, given the proliferation of the open office space seen in coworking spaces and startups, 2017 was the year that large media conglomerates and newly crowned tech giants started emulating several aspects of the startup MO. From integrating the open office layout into their own buildings to implementing happy hours and other cultural shifts, corporations are trying different workplace models.

Are you seeing more established companies in your local coworking space? That’s because corporations are taking on new workplace organization strategies by moving employees to coworking and incubator spaces. These spaces are set up so that Fortune 500 companies have better access to innovators, innovations, talent, and reduced real estate costs.

Until this past year,  Coworking in New York City was mostly renting space to freelancers and startups — but not anymore. Fortune 500 tech companies are moving in and taking over spaces.

So if you are a talented software engineer, app developer, data scientist and are looking to get found, hired or acquired, then there is no better environment to make those connections happen.  

So why are big businesses so interested in coworking spaces all of the sudden? 

 

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/12/28/big-companies-increasingly-obsessed-co-working-spaces-2017/

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7 Travel Coworking Spaces That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust by Forbes

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Sure, there are some people who want to get away from work while they’re on vacation. But a growing number of people want to find ways to stay connected by meeting — and working alongside — local entrepreneurs while they’re traveling.

Enter the idea of the travel coworking space.

But the options are overwhelming. According to recent survey by Deskmag, there will be around 14,000 coworking spaces in operation worldwide by the end of 2017, and almost 1.2 million people will have worked in one of these spaces.

We sifted through the options to come up with some of the coolest coworking concepts around the globe. From a startup that allows you to combine surfing the internet with real-life surfing to a new service that helps women find options for coliving and coworking spaces, we’ve got a handful of amazing finds that are sure to give you instant wanderlust.

 

Read the rest of the article here-https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2017/12/29/7-travel-coworking-spaces-that-will-give-you-serious-wanderlust/#2e71c4e23c89

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