When you are considering what kind of coworking space might be a good fit for you and for your business needs, it is worth considering whether a cohousing space might also be a good fit for your work. Indeed, cohousing is not a new concept, but it certainly has not taken off in U.S. in the same way that it has in other countries. While we in the U.S. tend to be a fan of personal space and personal property, this mindset does not permeate the rest of the world so thoroughly. Indeed, cohousing as a living style has been around in Denmark since the 1980’s, and is built on the idea that communities share open space while also living within their own self contained private homes. These common areas and open spaces include courtyards, playgrounds, and other shared spaces, and allow people to live separately, but also together.
Some coworking spaces are taking their commitment to community to the next level by including cohousing arrangements as part of their work environment, and there are many reasons why people are choosing these kinds of environments and communities for their work. To begin with, when you are surrounded by like minded and creative people, you likely have a lot of positive associations with the space you are in. Perhaps you are getting the positive reinforcement you need to keep doing the work you are doing, or maybe you’ve found that these are people you are spending a lot of time outside the workspace with as well. Regardless, this idea of a community that not only works together, but lives together, can be an attractive prospect to many and might be the perfect solution for you as you are getting your start up off the ground. Here are a few more reasons why people choose cohousing in additional to a shared office space.
- It is convenient: If you are an entrepreneur working out of a coworking space, you probably spend a significant amount of time at the space. Maybe you’ve pulled long hours, dragging yourself home in the wee hours of the morning. Or perhaps you’ve even taken the plunge and curled up under your desk for a nap. There are all kinds of reasons why this might feel like a solution, particularly if you are working a lot at your coworking space. Trying a cohousing arrangement as part of your coworking space can mean that you are provided with that extra bit of convenience.
- There is community: If you work from home or remotely, even if you use a coworking space, you might be seeking a bit more of that engagement and social interaction that you’ve been hoping for. Cohousing communities are built on just that: community, and when combined with people with a similar spark and drive as you, this can make for not only a really positive work environment, but a positive living environment as well.