Not long ago, saying you rented a coworking space might garner a raised eyebrow or two. Why would anyone want to return to an office when they could work from home? But the rapid rise of telecommuters and contract jobs has proven otherwise: Independent workers still crave the structure of an office.
As coworking evolves, watch for these three new trends.
Far-reaching coworking networks
Coworking spaces have a reputation for catering to slick startups based in hipster-heavy metropolises. But the fact of the matter is, coworking spaces attract a wide range of people, including part-time consultants and corporate types who spent decades as cubicle dwellers. And while you're still more likely to find coworking spaces in major cities, plenty of suburban workers want the same benefits of a dedicated workspace, without the city commutes, explains Miriam Christof of Boston-based Workbar.
Hence the rise of coworking networks like Workbar's that that ascribe to the "hub and spokes" model. Workbar offers large dynamic coworking spaces, or “hubs," in Boston, Cambridge and Union, as well as smaller "spokes" outside of Boston, often tied to parterships with universities or businesses. For instance, a new Workbar parternship wtih Staples gives workers in surburbia access to a local workspace (and a copy center).