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Coworking spaces are popping up everywhere left and right it seems. It shows the enormous enthusiasm and faith in the idea. In this rich environment of options, you are faced with limitless possibilities to flourish-- but it can be difficult to make the right choices.

There are questions to consider, such as:

How can I tell whether a space is right for me?
How do I make the transition from my home or a conventional office space to a shared or collaborative workspace?
Once I'm in, how can I leverage the space-- the community- in making my business or organization better?

We did our research. We talked to coworking members across the country, as well as to space founders and reps, and their collective stories and insights have been distilled into this handy volume. This book is built from the experiences of small businesses and organizations tackling the same questions above. People like you.

To our knowledge, this book is one of the first of its kind written from the perspective of the very people who stand to benefit from coworking-- small businesses and organizations looking for better ways to work. Like many of you, we're researching our options of where to work, love our independence, but also tire of working in a vacuum-- and, of course, can't afford to break the bank. These considerations have shaped our focus in writing this book. Second, from what we've seen, the available publications out there are somewhat limited, generally written by individual spaces that focus exclusively on their own membership pool.

In contrast, the stories and insights here are sourced from across the coworking spectrum of members working in some of the more famous spaces in the coworking circuit and those working in quirky, less well-known spaces. We offer a lively cross-section of members and former members, founders and space reps pulled from the variety of coworking spaces and shared offices across the country.

Couched in this wonderful diversity, you'll see how much coworking is a part of their inspiring stories, regardless of their location, background, or size. Coworking is so much more than a backdrop, and for many people, it's the driving force behind big business decisions and successes.

Writing this book has been a fulfilling project and one we hope will add to the dialogue on the shifting state of work today, of which coworking is very much a game-changing catalyst. When we first started this project, we naively thought we would be able to demystify coworking in all its forms and lock down what makes the movement tick. We think we've come close, but in reality, the approach, philosophy, and model of coworking is still evolving-- and this is only the beginning!

Our hope is that after reading this book, you'll be better able to consider your options, and find out if coworking is really right for you.

 

For more information, please go to: CoworkingGuide.com

- Genevieve and Andrew

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