With the rise of self-employed contractors, independent professionals and entrepreneurs, the demand for coworking space has exploded. Coworking is defined as the sharing of office space by individuals who wish to work together in a communal, collaborative setting. It has become a social gathering of a group of like-minded people, though still working independently, who share values and are interested in the synergy that can happen from working together in the same space.

Coworking offers a solution to the prob­lem of isolation and distractions that many freelancers experience working from home. The advantages of being self-employed are well known, from being your own boss to complete flexibility and work-life balance. Statistics indicate that self-employment and entrepreneurship has been rapidly growing, and with it, the number of coworking spaces worldwide.

It is important to understand the benefits of coworking and the variety of advantages these spaces provide for any business desir­ing a professional environment. They are very cost effective, as space is typically rented by the month, with some providers offering weekly, daily or even pay-as-you-go options. From a cash flow perspective, these spaces eliminate the high upfront costs and long-term commitment of leasing an office space. Plus, the facilities are all-inclusive and man­age all the operating expenses related to the space, which means that internet, furniture, utilities, kitchen facilities and security is taken care of. Most shared office spaces are struc­tured to feel like a home away from home and offer a peaceful, comfortable environ­ment that supports productivity.

Working in a coworking space allows individ­uals to meet and interact with new people as opposed to working at home where one can start feeling isolated. In this community-based work environment, it is possible to build rela­tionships through positive social interaction with individuals who can inspire and motivate. The space fosters communication and collabo­ration, where one can gain insight on emerging trends and share knowledge or ideas. Mingling with other business people daily is an effective way to network, make valuable contacts and gain new business.

Coworking spaces have changed the way we work for the better and are excellent options for any size business, not just start-ups, free­lance or entrepreneurial small businesses. People recognize the benefits of a collaborative coworking environment to stimulate creativity and enhance productivity. Depending on your own personal situation, it may be advanta­geous to investigate whether the coworking alternative is right for you.

Connection – Creativity – Growth In June 2019, Curaçao Coworking Pieter­maai (CCW) opened its doors to provide flexible office space for entrepreneurs building their own business, as well as intrapreneurs, who would like a separate location from their home office from which to work. The vision of CCW is “connection, creativity, growth”, and the coworking space welcomes community members who would like to work in an environment where they can collaborate and stimulate creativity amongst fellow, like-minded people. Situated in a newly renovated historic building, the office space strives for a creative vibe that will provide members with the comforts of home, offer inspiration and allow more productivity. The coworking space includes: flexible working space, meeting rooms, open areas for collaboration, 24/7 personal entry, training room space, reserved parking, high-speed internet, kitchen, regular cleaning, and fun events. CCW plans to be part of the historic Piet­ermaai Business District, actively sup­porting the community and fellow busi­nesses in the neighborhood.

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