Coworking – Advantages & Disadvantages
Coworking – Advantages & Disadvantages
Post written by Paragon Interiors   January 30, 2019

It’s wonderful when you pair entrepreneurs together because they can share experiences and, in some ways, push each other to build better products going forward. — Kevin Systrom (CEO of Instagram)

What do companies such as Uber, Instagram and Spotify all have in common? Besides their monumental successes and domination of their markets, all these companies started out in coworking spaces. Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, knew the importance of surrounding himself with other entrepreneurs to create something that would potentially change the world as we know it. What better way to do that than in a shared working environment with like minded individuals who strive to create something spectacular.

Coworking can be defined as a ‘membership-based workspace’ . For years, a diverse group of people who were freelancers, remote workers, and other professionals would utilise cafés for their free Wi-Fi and delicious coffee. Although cafés provided the perfect ‘get away’ from your typical corporate office, many found it difficult being in such a noisy environment surrounded by people from all walks of life. Imagine trying to concentrate on a focus-intensive piece of work or an important email with a toddler in hysteria a few tables away. These professionals needed a space that could work for them. Coworking spaces give clients the chance to work in an office environment without having to be part of a company. This gives these professionals the choice and control they need in a structured environment. To some, this sounds like the ultimate dream, but what would you be giving up?

Below are some highs and lows of working in a shared work environment so that you can make an informed decision about your chosen workspace.



In Summary

Coworking is another option for those who do not fit the typical mould of the corporate office. However, not all coworking spaces suit everyone. At Paragon Interiors we strive to assist in turning your corporate office into a space with a ‘home away from home’ feel so that you can experience the best of both worlds. We make sure to assess what type of work style fits your specific needs, so we can create an office that enhances your company’s productivity and overall employee wellbeing.

To find out what work style suits you best, contact Paragon Interiors on 011 706 5123 or
info@paragon-interiors.co.za

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Pochepan, J. (2018, April 16). Inc. Retrieved from Before You Commit To That Coworking Space, Know The Pros and Cons:
https://www.inc.com/jeff-pochepan/before-you-commit-to-that-coworking-spaceknow-pros-cons.html

RocketSpace. (2018, August 29). RocketSpace. Retrieved from Shared office space: What are the pros and cons:
https://www.rocketspace.com/tech-startups/what-are-the-pros-cons-of-shared-officespace

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Spreitzer, G. (2015, September). Harvard Buisness Review. Retrieved from Why people thrive in coworking spaces:
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