Coworking interview in WebWorkerDaily

2009 April 8
by Kate O'Neill

Image credit: MikeSchinkel, via flickr

Over at WebWorkerDaily, there’s an interview with Stephanie Booth, the founder of Eclau coworking space in Lausanne, Switzerland. Coworking seems to be getting a fair share of attention lately, and for good reason: it appears to be a great way for people seeking largely non-traditional work arrangements to have at least some of the advantages of a traditional workspace:

Comparing life at eclau with my years as an employee in a big company, where we also had an open office, I find that coworking brings out the advantages of sharing a space with “colleagues” like having people available to bounce ideas off, company for lunch or sometimes breakfast, without having the disadvantages like not being able to go to lunch without “talking work”, bosses, and people you need to get back to when you go for coffee break.

What are your experiences with coworking? Is it something you’d like to try? Something you have tried? Let us know in the comments.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 April 8

    I think we’re likely to see more freelancers due to the economic climate right now, and in turn, probably more co-working spaces. Especially when the dust settles and everyone isn’t screaming financiapocalypse anymore.

  2. 2009 April 9

    Absolutely. That abundance of freelancers and consultants is why I’m excited about what we’re trying to do with the [meta]marketer un-agency: to form a really good support network around freelancers and consultants, while still allowing people the flexibility to set their own work schedules and processes.

    And yes, co-working fits in perfectly with that model. As tough as this year is for a lot of people, I think we’ll look back on it as an exciting time of tremendous positive change, too.

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