When Robert was looking for a way to escape his Everett home office, and find a little creative inspiration outside of the house, he found it at ThinkTank Cowork. But he also found some additional unexpected benefits.
“I’ve also found it to be a great hub to connect with customers and colleagues,” he says. “The conference rooms have been great, and my guests always feel welcome. I highly recommend checking the facilities out!” he says.
Why do people thrive in coworking spaces?
“People leverage these spaces for more than just an office,” says Shane Kidwell, CEO of Think Tank Cowork in Everett. “There are intangibles that make them an extremely effective place to work.”
For example, according to the Harvard Business Review, studies show that those who use coworking spaces report levels of thriving of around six on a seven-point scale – at least a point higher than the average for those working in a conventional office setting.
What are coworking spaces?
The membership-based workspaces draw together diverse groups of entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers and other professionals, who work together in a shared, communal setting.
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- More job control – Most coworking spaces are accessible 24/7, so you can decide whether to put in a long day to meet a deadline, or take a break to go to the gym. You can choose whether to work in a quiet space so you can focus, or in a more collaborative space where interaction is encouraged. You can even decide to work from home – without repercussion – to meet a repairperson or deal with a family need.
- More structure – While working at home or taking your laptop to a coffee shop might sound like a dream, it has its own challenges. Will you stick to a set schedule each day? How well do you do with little or no accountability? Separating work from home allows you to build structure, and provides a reason to get out of the house. “Working at home can be great, but there are also a lot of distractions,” Kidwell says. “It’s tough to work effectively when you’re surrounded by your family, pets, TV – and your bed!”
- More effective – A coworking environment creates an energy and mindset that can only come from interacting with a diverse collection of fellow workers. In a coworking space, where everyone is busy working on their own passion projects, the buzz can drive you on to make your own business a success. “Working amongst a variety of other successful, driven professionals gives you an undeniable edge,” Kidwell says. “This kind of networking can help you be more effective, and make more money.”
Follow Think Tank on Facebook and Instagram, visit thinktankev.com, and scan the QR code below for specials and promotions before checking out their space located at 2817 Wetmore Ave.
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