The Gig economy has been booming with the rise of Silicon Valley, apps that give workers the option to be freelancers or consultants, and to ultimately work for themselves.

Today, there are over 57 million freelancers in America. That number is predicted to rise to more than 90 million in the next decade in this so-called “gig economy.”  

Aside from the self-employed, employers are empowering their full-time associates to work remotely a few days each week, some businesses in the tech space don’t even require their employees to come into the office.

So where are all of these people working? How do they focus from home?

Well, they don’t.

Co-working is the new office for the self-employed, but better in so many ways.

Members of 210E collaborating in one of the open meeting rooms at the co-working space.

In Co-working spaces like 210E, there are working professionals from all sorts of fields; writers, entrepreneurs, consultants from varying backgrounds… the list goes on. Not only is a person in that co-working space getting access to a personal office to meet clients and host seminars, but they are in an open and interactive space where they can network with professionals from all types of industries.

At co-working spaces like 210E, professionals throw ideas around at each other and have the opportunity to find more jobs by getting to know the people in their space. A greater sense of community is formed within these walls and the productivity of others drives productivity of each individual.

Aside from sharing infrastructure costs, co-working builds community and growth for the self-employed. It is a creative space for people to expand their minds and their workforce. Ideas from the creative brains of forward thinkers bounce off of the teal walls at 210E and are molded into profit.

People in co-working spaces work for themselves because they find true meaning in their work. Passion is fueled in these spaces and professionals are thriving.

The Harvard Business Review has been studying co-working spaces for years and were astonished by the results. HBR said in an article about their study that they had to look at the results again because of how dumbstruck they were.

According to the study, 79 percent of people in co-working spaces said their social networks expanded and 83 percent of them said they felt less lonely.

Members in this space can find themselves a mentor, an investor, a new friend, a potential colleague, job opportunities and new tech skills. The benefits are limitless.

“Why don’t I just work in a coffee shop?”

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This is a common question for freelancers and the self-employed. Yes, there are fees to working in co-working spaces, however it is far cheaper than renting an office space that isn’t fully utilized month-to-month.

Collaboration and creating a community of forward thinkers is not what coffee shops are made for. Everyone is plugged in and plugging away at their work in open-public spaces like coffee shops and it is rare to find people who want to collaborate with one another, let alone pull out their headphones and enter the real world.

Besides the aforementioned reasons, 210E offers a P.O. box for all of its members, individual working spaces as well as a meeting and seminar room for clients, wifi, a full kitchen that is constantly brewing coffee, printing, 24/7 access to the workspace, and the perfect balance of independence and collaboration.

Great minds think alike, but extraordinary minds think together. This is co-working.