There are many financial, social and business-related reasons to join a co-working space. First, it is a means to promote flexibility and lower operating costs. Second, being surrounded by other independent workers with different skill-sets, networks and creative projects incubates creativity, innovation and meaningful business and social relationships. Third, it can decrease feelings of isolation often experienced by freelancers/small business owners as well as increase a sense of community and trust amongst peers.
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Why co-working? According to a survey conducted by Deskmag, the most important element of a co-working space is the community inside it. All these factors combined makes the personal, professional and social elements of co-working invaluable to an independent worker's business and social growth.
- Below are just some examples of the many co-working spaces currently in place across Europe.
Re Federico is a co-working space that experiments with new forms of economic collaboration. Development of a collective incubator of network enterprise in the cultural and environmental education areas.