Thursday 7th June 2012
Coworking is the Global phenomenon that provides home workers with an alternative office solution to working from home. It started in San Francisco in 2005 and by 2010 had reached Cardiff when indycube opened and in 2011 had reached Swansea when The Desk Den opened.
indycube and The Desk Den are coworking spaces that bridge the gap between working from a coffee shop and taking on an office lease. Each of these spaces provide home workers with a desk to work from in a communal office space allowing like-minded individuals to network and collaborate with each other.
There are many benefits of working from a Coworking Space. Mark Hooper Founder of indycube said:
‘Our members find the benefits of Coworking have helped their businesses to grow. Coworking is a buzz word and we can see why! If you’ve worked on your own, if you have been in managed office space, if the kids are driving you nuts…you will love coworking. We know running your own business is not easy. indycube can give you a professional address, amazing meeting rooms and a platform to grow your business. It all makes a difference.’
Joanne Popham Owner of The Desk Den said:
‘I opened The Desk Den because I was working from home, I found the isolation and distractions were having an effect on my work. I wanted to create a space where people like me could work alongside others for a fair price. The idea of going to a Coffee Shop was not an option as I wanted a professional environment and free coffee on tap! The Desk Den provides pay as you go office solutions to assist business start-up’s, SME’s and mobile professionals develop their business’.
Natalie Reynolds Social Media Coach is a member of The Desk Den. Natalie shows businesses how to utilise social media as a marketing tool through coaching sessions and workshops. Natalie said:
‘The Desk Den opened at just the right time for me, I was looking for an alternative solution to working from home, the dog continually barking was starting to take its toll! I was able to put the work life balance into perspective and within the first month of being a member of The Desk Den I noticed a marked improvement in my productivity and as a result my business has developed at an amazing rate. I also run my coaching sessions and workshops from The Desk Den which means I can do everything under one roof at a cost effective rate.’
indycube and The Desk Den added the Coworking Visa to their list of benefits. A coworking visa allows active members of one space to use other coworking spaces around the world for free for a set number of days (3 is the default). Terms vary from space to space with regard to hours of operation, how many days are offered, reservation requirements, etc, so be sure to check the Visa terms for the space you want to visit. indycube and The Desk Den’s Coworking Visa terms are free. As soon as The Desk Den and indycube joined the Coworking Visa Natalie took up the service.
‘The Coworking Visa has saved me a fortune. As part of my membership with The Desk Den I was able to work at indycube at no extra cost. I have clients in Cardiff and so the idea that I can have an office base there is fantastic and it prevented me from spending money on overpriced coffees and cakes.’
Coworking is redefining the way we do work, providing home workers with a flexible office solution and a community of like-minded individuals to work alongside; it is building a more sustainable future where individuals and small businesses can create an economy of innovation and creativity locally and worldwide.
Note to editors:
Joanne Popham owner The Desk Den will be happy to provide further information on Coworking in Swansea 01792 584481 www.thedeskden.co.uk
Mark Hooper founder of indycube will be happy to give further information on Coworking in Cardiff 029 2059 0622 www.indycube.biz
Natalie Reynolds, Social Media Coach will be happy to give further information on why Coworking helps businesses 07811142617 www.nataliereynolds.co.uk
For further information contact:
Joanne Popham: 01792 584481
Owner, The Desk Den Ltd