Co-working or Collaboration: Which is Right for You?

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These days, co-working spaces are getting a lot of press in the entrepreneurship world—and for good reason! These spaces offer an innovative solution for entrepreneurs, start-ups and freelancers of all sizes who need anything from simple desk space to conference rooms for meetings. Co-working spaces took the entrepreneurship world by storm, so it’s only fair that the next innovation in shared working spaces is already here. Collaboration spaces have been entering the shared office space game lately with a focus on creating opportunities for people in their spaces to not just socialize, but to work and gain insight from their fellow entrepreneurs. So how do you know which is right for you? Here are a few guidelines.

Do You Find Other People Inspiring or Distracting?

Some people need absolute silence in order to focus on their work, while others do best with a hum of activity around them. If you really need complete focus and solitude in order to get your work done, then a co-working space is probably ideal since they offer many quiet spaces as well as common areas for when you’re ready to socialize. If you find it helps your productivity to be surrounded by people and to bounce ideas off of others then a collaboration space might be right up your alley.

Do You Thrive on Feedback?

Some entrepreneurs like to get feedback from others at every step of the way. If you’re the kind of worker who likes to have someone read every draft, look over your bare-bones outlines, and listen to your ideas before you sit down to work on them then a collaboration space would be a great fit. Collaboration spaces encourage this kind of idea-sharing and free flow thought exchange on a higher level than traditional co-working spaces. If, however, you’re the kind of person who keeps everything under lock and key until it’s been edited and perfected, then you might prefer the privacy and quiet of a co-working space.

Is Socializing for Work-time or Break-time?

Some people like to look up from their computer regularly, catch another person’s eye and begin to chat while they’re mid project. There are many people who get an energy boost from socializing without limits during the work day and who find it actually helps their productivity to be able to schmooze on the fly. However, others may find that they need to have clearly defined work periods and socializing periods which are demarcated. People who work in this style re-charge their energy levels by stepping away from work for a defined amount of time and getting to chat and relax before heading back. If you prefer to mix work and social opportunities, then a collaboration space would suit you well. If you need clear borders between work time and social time, then stick with a co-working space.

Are You On the Lookout for Growth Opportunities?

One of the biggest benefits of a collaboration space is the opportunity to network, share ideas, and scout out new talent and opportunities. If you are on the lookout for new connections or even a new hire, a collaboration space is a great way to meet people with various skills and get to know them both socially and professionally without the artificial setting of an interview or a networking event. For companies who are in a growth stage, a collaboration space can be a great way to expand your business and your contacts organically. However, for those who are still focused on laying their groundwork or who are happy with the team they have, a co-working space that allows them the autonomy to be with the group they are in might be more suitable.

There’s no right or wrong way to work, and everybody has different styles and predispositions that make different environments more or less suitable. The good news about the rise of collaboration spaces is that it means people are thinking innovatively about how to create places for entrepreneurs like you to work, get inspired, and progress no matter what your work style might be. The best news is that since most co-working and collaboration spaces offer flexible monthly membership plans, you can try out both and even a few of each and see what fits your business best.

What do you find best about co-working or collaboration? Tell us in the comments below!

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Matt Jensen
Growing and engaging communities for 10 years, Matt engages Fiverr's digital communities. Helping both sellers and buyers colaborate and share ideas with each other.
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joysema
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Collaboration would definitely kill me. Thanks for the post.

jayacreator
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jayacreator

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Thanks for the post…..> 🙂

awais bhatti
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awais bhatti

I am good with collaboration

Chris
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Co working collaboration.

fredrikmeller
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fredrikmeller

Thank you for sharing this! I think people could relate and find valuable pieces in your article, to both improve collaboration and business.

chris
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Is every one in? let’s make a circle an make this PERFECTION

Rokshana Akhter
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Rokshana Akhter

thanks for the post

initmymoney
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initmymoney

I think co-working would do me best.

twto_tv
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Collaboration

sbn2012
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I want to be a co-worker,but spent much of my time collaborating.

Waheeduddin James
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Waheeduddin James

Co working collaboration

anthony_pro
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anthony_pro

Hi, both collaborating and co-working greatly interest me.

authoreva
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This is an important thing to consider. Collaboration could be extremely helpful and propel your business forward. It all depends on what niche you’re in, though.

filzausman
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Yeah I am absolutely agreed!

Ateeq
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I am also absolutely agreed….

florie777
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Trial an error, this could run lik a human treadmill an when it clicks ahh haaa. We al benefit

florie777
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The world’s your OYSTER. AAAHHHH HHAAAAAAAAA. Brain WAVES as ARE ENGINE.

checp_rate
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Co working collaboration.

mahamiee
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This article has seemed to resolve many issues for me

florie777
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Hapydaz

ikram19662000
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ikram19662000

I like collaboration.

ronpriceteam
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ronpriceteam
Hello World, I am ready to put together a collaborative team to take my current business online. I have successfully developed and One Stop Shop Real Estate service solution that will revolutionize the way residential real estate is bought and sold once it gains sufficient traction online. I have had a logo developed, and a whiteboard ad describing the services solution/value equation. Next I need a landing page that can be developed into our initial web site, followed by a social media marketing strategy to begin generating qualified leads which we will convert into customers. My comprehensive business plan is… Read more »
mastergur
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Am interested

florie777
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Every body can fully use there potential. An that makes me happy. Credit were credits dew for the people…

mladengrozdanov
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mladengrozdanov

eather one is fine with me like to work in a team if it’s possible but freelance is good to… so thumbs up for coworkers

sumon6363
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Thanks for the post

nirkri
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Thank you for sharing i am happy with any one

florie777
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Hows yourselves EVERYBODY ?? HOPE ALLS SWEET. ANY PROGRESSSIVE CIRCLEATION HEADLINERS?

Conyers
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This is a most useful couonibrtitn to the debate

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mianammar7861

really impressive post.

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