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  • The Rise of Coworking

    New Ways To Work

    Since people have been working in offices, there have been trailblazers searching for different ways to structure the workplace. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it’s undoubtedly true that innovators are always looking for different ways to engage with their environments. Naturally, that extends to the work environment. Enter coworking in Houston, stage right!

    In a nutshell, coworking is the practice of shared workspaces. Multiple unrelated organizations work in the same building, often utilizing the operator’s administrative functions. In today’s modern and ever-changing office world, one of the fastest growing alternatives to a traditional office space is coworking spaces.

    The coworking industry has become a global phenomenon! Around 2008-2010, more operators joined the market, but in recent years the industry has just exploded. According to Emergent Research, over 1000 new coworking spaces opened in the second half of 2018 – almost half of which are located in the U.S. TechSpace, one of the first operators in the coworking space industry, was established in 1997 and opened in the thriving Westchase district of Houston in 2017.

    Houston is a greatly diverse city, on the verge of becoming the third largest in the country by 2021 per analysts. Not only is Houston massive, but it’s also quite spread out. All TechSpace sites are strategically positioned in cities with high business traffic and near living options; TechSpace Houston in particular is nestled on the border of the Energy Corridor with ease of access to i10, Beltway 8, and 59, making getting around the city a walk in the park.

    Coworking Space Considerations

    As with any major decision, there are important factors to think about when choosing a coworking space. First, look at the size of the office spaces and compare them when looking at other operators. All five-person offices are not equal! Some operators, like TechSpace, have more spacious suites, so what is listed as a five-person office could actually fit up to seven depending on how much space you feel each of your employees actually needs!

    You also must consider whether or not the space has room for your company to grow. You may only need a small office now, but as your company scales, can they scale your office space? Customer service is important, too: not all operators are equal when it comes to helping their members. Make sure you will get the support you need for your business!

    Coworking and Community

    Employees thrive in coworking spaces due to the creative, inspiring architectural designs of the spaces themselves, as well as floor plans maximized for productivity, and of course a thriving community of like-minded individuals.

    At TechSpace Houston, our offices line the outside of the building so each suite is not only spacious and private but also includes a killer view. The light, airy atmosphere of our interiors is as conducive to collaborative creativity as it is to throwing on headphones and getting in the zone.

    Speaking of collaboration, how good is coworking in Houston for networking? Well, coworking is the perfect environment for networking! It is filled with a variety of businesses all with the same goal: growing and succeeding. Member events as well as community events provide opportunities to network and create new business connections without ever leaving the coworking space.

    Other Uses For Coworking Spaces

    Coworking in Costa Mesa isn’t just for large companies or start-ups, though. What other uses can coworking spaces provide? Many coworking spaces, including TechSpace, provide on-demand conference rooms for members AND non-members. For those who are working at home but need to meet clients in a professional environment, coworking spaces are an ideal option. At TechSpace, you can book meeting spaces in a variety of sizes by the hour. Virtual services such as mailing addresses, call answering by a professional receptionist, and/or a business phone number are all available.

    Our Coworking Predictions

    So what’s in store for the future of coworking? Since the industry is expected to continue to grow in popularity through 2023, a few predictions include:

    • The demand for coworking will continue to rise as more and more large companies choose to forgo some or all of their traditional offices and move to the more flexible coworking model.
    • Partnerships will continue to form from a building owner/operator standpoint.
    • Some of the larger coworking operators may start acquiring some of the more successful smaller ones.  

    Is coworking in Costa Mesa the right path for your start-up or company? Learn more about why TechSpace’s coworking offices can be the right fit for your business!

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