Charm-filled downtowns, sprawling yards, great schools — the suburbs have a lot to offer. The latest and, possibly, greatest, though? A major push towards co-working spaces, making working from “home” even more doable — and giving suburbanites even better work/life balance.
The trend toward working remotely, high inner-city rents and a renewed focus on achieving the work-life balance has jump started a new style of working: shared office space AND NOT JUST IN THE BIG CITY!
Co-working spaces are the future of work
More than 1,000 new co-working spaces opened in the second half of 2018 alone, and Emergent Research expects that figure will climb to 6,219 nationwide by 2022. States with major metros — think California, New York, Texas and Maryland — are leading the way.
With co-working facilities popping up left and right, you can also bet there’s no one-size-fits-all model for this modern approach to the daily grind. Everyone from WeWork, Food Loft and MakeOffice to Staples, IBM and Verizon are getting in the game, so if there isn’t a shared workspace near you, yet, there will be soon—we promise!
Suburban co-working spaces get thumbs up all-around
Shared workspaces come in different shapes and sizes, with some facilities focused on a single industry like tech or healthcare; others are completely random, simply ensuring professionals have a place to access the tools and space they need to maximize productivity.
If you live in the suburbs or on your way into the area, here’s what co-working spaces mean for you move…
#1. Bye, bye commute…
Instead of worrying about how close your home is the city or public transportation, shared workplaces mean you can focus on your families’ priorities: good schools, recreation, friends and family, etc. If you work from home or have the opportunity to, take it. And sign up for a co-working space near your new neighborhood.
#2. Check more boxes on your home checklist
Finding a spacious home with a large lot near the train or major highways can be a challenge. The good news is, you can really expand your search when you aren’t worrying about those details. Go get yourself that swing set AND that extra bedroom… splurge! – you deserve it.
#3. Peace of mind for the whole family
It’s hard to leave a bad day at the office, and it’s hard to cook dinner or spend time with the kids when all you want to do is check out. We get it and are happy to announce that co-working spaces are known for their peaceful atmosphere, clean facilities and friendly co-workers. Plus, you’ll get it without a major commute backing up your day.
#4. Office space or a guest room no more
Co-working spaces are a cost-effective alternative to renting an office or buying a home with an additional room for working. Most shared workspaces offer flexible and affordable membership agreements. Bonus: they’re fully stocked with meeting rooms, high-tech printers and gadgets and video conferencing tools.
Many entrepreneurs, and larger companies are opting for these spaces to create a better work life balance for their employees and of course to save on corporate overhead. The trend of remote working is not going away, so if this hits close to home for you, you need to not only find a co-working space but, also, a town that has a great work-from-home culture!
There are hundreds of towns to choose from. How do you figure it all out? You simply don’t, without getting a Suburban Jungle Strategist to help you through it all. Schedule here for your strategy session with our innovative suburbs strategy team. All services are completely free.