Coworking Our Way to a Sustainable Economy
It is estimated that 50% of the population will be working independently by 2020.
This means half of the workforce will soon be comprised of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and start-ups - a dramatic shift from the 9-5 desk job.
As we work to build a diversified Arizona economy that is sustainable, resilient, and celebratory of diverse cultures, we must consider what our local communities are doing to prepare for this shift. Providing opportunity for entrepreneurial jobs to flourish not only secures a healthy local economy, it also retains the creativity and innovation of our youth in rural communities.
The Concept of Coworking
With this workforce shift underway, how do we adjust our plans for job creation and retention to provide a sustainable atmosphere for entrepreneurship in our communities? As evidenced by this global study, the answer lies within coworking: shared work space.
The Shift: Individuals, Communities, & Economic Power
Attention to Individual Health: The valued emphasis on physical and mental well being has permeated all aspects of American life - including a balance in one's professional life. While entrepreneurship provides notions of flexibility and autonomy that is not always available through a 9-5 position, it can also create isolation. Coworking, instead, provides a community for our entrepreneurs to collaborate and support each other in their individual endeavors. Read more.
Community (and Corporate) Support: Coworking spaces provide a community of resources for growing freelancers and start-ups - so much so that corporations have jumped on the bandwagon too. Companies such as Facebook, IBM, HSB, E&Y, and Cisco entered the Coworking world in 2017 by providing space for freelancers and other small businesses to incubate. In return, they too have access to the specialized skills in addition to a cost-effective alternative to test their new and innovative ideas. Read more.
- Economic Power: The more money we keep circulating in our local economies, the more resilient we become. By fostering entrepreneurial jobs in our Arizona economies, we are becoming more innovative, competitive, and better able to deal with the fluctuations of global markets. Read more.
Coworking in Northern Arizona
It is exciting to see how our Northern communities are adapting to this shift towards entrepreneurial job creation. The opportunities they are providing today will directly effect youth retention and economic prosperity in our Rural communities. Take a look at these coworking spaces in Northern Arizona.
Flagstaff: Click Co+Work
Click is located in a redeveloped building in historic downtown Flagstaff with a vision of work-driven tenants.
Click's office space is a modern, open light, bright, and harmonic environment that provides a professional working atmosphere. With access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you have the flexibility you desire. Mail service and a downtown address are available for your use. Privacy areas include private office space, call room, and conference room. The kitchen and lounge area provide coffee machines, hot pot, microwave, refrigerator and even a keg! Click's outdoor patio is one of the best-kept secrets in Flagstaff. Make a call, hold an informal meeting, eat your lunch or drink a beer from the keg; while sitting outside enjoying Flagstaff's clean, fresh air. Daily, Weekly, Month to Month and Annual memberships are available.
WingSpace is a community and professional coworking space where individuals can work independently-together at the intersection of art, design, technology, and entrepreneurship. They believe that by working in close proximity to other creative, talented people, all become stronger, more successful, and more inclined to put on pants in the morning.
What makes them different than working in the local cafe, library or your garage? They offer a place to work independently-but-together. This allows everyone to save money, boost the local economy, and reduce individual impact on the environment. Like a gym for your business, you work in an environment designed to help your business become stronger, healthier, and more sustainable.
WingSpace offers memberships, programs, events, equipment, and a personal support system. It's an effective place to work that helps you build relationships with the community and produce the kind of impact you desire for your business.