5 benefits of coworking for professionals
Flexible work spaces once housed creative types and tech start-ups, but the trend has expanded to encompass almost all professions. Coworking for professionals, such as lawyers and accountants, offers a number of key benefits.
In the gig economy, many professionals have chosen to forge their own paths and start their own firms. Independent lawyers, for example, seek out the autonomy and flexibility a boutique law firm affords them.
Coworking helps facilitate business growth for these professionals, and offers these benefits:
Sure, you could work in a home office, but there’s something energizing about working alongside other people. More to the point, in a coworking space, you work alongside other highly motivated entrepreneurs. That environment helps create positive energy and can motivate you to tackle your work each day.
Harvard Business Review highlighted a coworking benefit that could be easy to overlook:
“First, unlike a traditional office, coworking spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects. Because there is little direct competition or internal politics, they don’t feel they have to put on a work persona to fit in. Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger.”
For many lawyers who have a background in Big Law, we bet this line strikes a nerve. As an independent lawyer in a coworking space, you are free to be yourself. You can develop your own style and brand without trying to force yourself into a “Partner & Partner” mold.
Collaboration and Community
These two elements of coworking often lure home-office professionals into a shared space. Coworking offers you a chance to pick the brains of others in your field. A sense of community develops in these spaces that often fosters collaboration and referral exchange. That’s something you just can’t replicate if you work at home with occasional coffee-shop days.
Compared to a home office, a coworking space gives you a distraction-free zone to focus on work. You won’t be tempted to do one load of laundry or reorganize your sock drawer. You can focus on work during your self-assigned work hours. In addition, your home retains its status as your respite space away from work.
Professionals, such as lawyers, need a polished and professional place to meet clients. Coworking provides access to a receptionist, meeting rooms and amenities that make a good impression on clients. Better yet, those amenities come at a much lower cost than they would if you leased your own office.
We have seen many independent lawyers grow successful practices at our coworking space in Denver. LawBank offers both coworking space and private offices at two locations in Denver. Contact us today to learn more.