You may have heard of co-working, a relatively new term which provides an alternative for work-at-home professionals and independent contractors who often end up working in isolation.
Co-working provides independent professionals with physical workspace as well as joint amenities such as a conference room, storage space, a lounge area and a kitchen area. Some co-working facilities offer daily rates, but most require a monthly membership fee. Fees range anywhere from $30 per month to $300 per month depending on the amount of time spent in the facility as well as access to some or all of the amenities.
Many are still getting accustomed to the idea that co-working is not just space; it’s also a social gathering of people interested in the synergy of group talent.
Anne Kirby, owner of The Candy Factory, a co-working site in Lancaster, said co-working is more than sharing a desk! “It’s about building a community,” she said. “We focus on collaboration, accessibility, affordability, and communication.”
The Candy Factory opened for business in July of 2010 and is proud to be the first co-working space in Lancaster, PA.
Kirby said the key to a successful co-working facility is to build a community before you get the space. She started a community called Creative House three years prior to establishing the Candy Factory. Because of this community, there were 15 people signed-up to be tenants off the Candy Factory before it even opened.
“Our members are actively involved in the community and we encourage interaction and engagement,” Kirby said. “We are all working toward a greater goal.”
Also, the interior is not like traditional office space. There are no cubicles, private offices or walls. Most members even sit at the same table every day to encourage social interaction and collaboration.
“It’s fun, inspirational and creative,” said Kirby. And believe it or not, this set-up has even helped her achieve a higher rate of productivity. She said the community has the social component, which helps to bring enjoyment to her work.
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