The Future of Coworking Spaces

It seems like every other person is sticking it to the man and packing in their job to go and follow their freelance dream. While this is an exciting prospect for so many, this dream does come with the task of finding somewhere to work. Whilst working at home is good for some, the vast majority of us struggle with the following: 1) easy access to the fridge 2) boredom 3) cabin fever, and 4) no one to talk to! You may think it’s all okay because that nice coffee shop just opened over the road and they have free Wi-Fi. However, it’s 45 minutes in and the waitress is asking whether you want anything else to drink and you know that the words “just a tap water please” aren’t going to be well received.

So, a place where people can go and work without being judged for not ordering a coffee in 8 hours was definitely in order. Back in 2005, Brad Neuburg did just that, as he is credited with starting the world’s first coworking space. Neuburg – a computer programmer who knew all too well the struggles of mobile working – decided to start the first coworking space, a small co-operative office within his friend’s feminist collective ‘Spiritual Muse’ which allowed people to pay a monthly fee and work up to 2 days a week until 5:45pm.

It’s fair to say coworking has come a long way from a few desks plonked in a mates building. Aside from providing services like printing, free coffee and comfortable seats, coworking spaces all over the world are creating environments in which people can work, socialise and become part of a community. With talks, networking events, movie nights and beer readily available to members, companies are having to think outside the box to stand out from the crowd. Some things to look out for in the future of coworking spaces:

Social media platforms

This generation of millennials insists on staying connected, and expects access to everything, 24/7! It only makes sense that coworking spaces are looking to enhance their spaces with technology, providing their members with a platform to instant message, upload pictures and share stories. Some spaces are already developing these platforms (watch this space!), but with the Instagram generation increasing and competition getting hotter, we suspect this will be expected of members in the not too distant future.

Virtual doctors

Yep this is as futuristic as it sounds. This is a service that is being looked into by a number of coworking spaces that literally allows you to book in a video appointment with a doctor in a specially designed space within the coworking office. Need a prescription? Don’t worry, this service also allows the doctor to issue prescriptions that can be picked up from local pharmacies. A coworking space should make your life that little bit easier, so we can definitely see this service fitting in nicely!

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Nap rooms

Imagine it’s 3pm, you’ve been looking at the same computer screen since 9am and are regretting the ‘one drink’ that turned into multiple. You know you’ve got to work late to finish this report, but you can hardly keep your eyes open… this is where that nap room comes in. These are hard to come by in London spaces but are pretty common in spaces around the US.

Co-living

It seems like everyone is planning their next round the world trip, whilst working from all the incredible coworking spaces dotted around the world. Why trudge back to your hostel when you can get a self-contained apartment two meters from your desk? Not just for travellers, but with rent in London sky rocketing, co-living spaces are becoming more and more appealing to Londoners. Although Areaworks hasn’t moved into the co-living space (just yet!) we have partnered up with the amazing Dictionary Hostel to provide our members with exclusive discounts. Check out more about this here.

Areaworks is constantly growing so keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting things to come! As a provider of open supportive coworking office spaces in accessible areas throughout London, we don’t believe in stuffy central locations, long commutes, impersonal and uptight environments. We believe there’s a better way of working, and we’re here to make it happen: in our areas, with our areas. We design our coworking spaces to feel open, to encourage collaboration and productivity, to inspire you to think differently. Take a look at all our Areaworks locations and book a tour to come in for a cuppa and let us show you around.