WHAT IS IT?
Coworx is a membership based, “shared-work space” designed to meet the changing needs of today’s work force. The “collective” of co-workers who make up the membership range from emerging start-ups to solopreneurs. From the artist or small business owner seeking social intervention and collaboration on a personal and business level to those who make up todays mobile work force who may just need a fresh and inspiring atmosphere to zero in on a special project or to meet with a client coworx is the answer.
Open Monday thru Friday 8:30 - 5:00 Coworx addresses the global trend of co-working where independent professionals work together under the same roof either for the purpose of collaboration or for the ability to focus on their work in an inspiring space. Coworx also can be to freelancers and contractors, who may typically work from home, a "base camp" to meet with clients in a professional and inspiring environment, to print a report or perhaps to talk shop with other professionals.
At approximately $2.40 per/day coworx offers a great alternative to leased office or studio space AND a great escape when the home office walls are closing in.
Coworx stimulating environment can also lead to increased levels of productivity and to new business development and collaborations as a result of being part of an expanding business network.
Where is it?
Coworx is located in a beautifully renovated and decorated loft space in the former Heminway and Bartlett Silk factory at 30 Echo Lake Road in Watertown Connecticut. Located in the heart of downtown Watertown it is within walking distance to several down town amenities and conveniences.
Who is Coworx Collective suited for?
Programmers, web designers, techies, writers, consultants, sales people, marketing gurus, architects, designers, networkers, artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small work groups and homemakers needing to get out of the house to do some personal work.
Those in need of unique and affordable office space either on a repeat or intermittent basis. Some people may work from home and occasionally want to get out for a day or part of a day. Others may just need space to meet clients and review a project or to hold a group meeting. Others may want to hunker in while they are developing a new piece of work or trying to get their business off the ground or to the next level. Still others may seek the social aspect and networking possibilities.
Join us, The Coworx Collective
30 Echo Lake Rd. Watertown, Connecticut
To grow and develop your organization and projects you need affordable space, support, and an innovative ecology. Coworx Collective operates like a cell phone plan. You pay for the amount of time and services that you want. The following is a list of the types of coworking memberships we offer:
Business Hours (8:30AM – 5:00PM Mon – Fri) = $75/Month
The Aesthetic qualities of the space are striking and coupled with Pandora playing softly in the background the mood is inviting, stimulating and thought provoking. The large factory windows offer members pleasant views while providing plenty of natural light. The gleaming antique wood floors, lofty ceilings and custom made reclaimed wood and iron furnishings designed and built by Reworx provide an office setting with a stimulating aesthetic unmatched in the area.
On the walls inside the Coworx space hang original professionally-framed photographs of the space and its factories newly emigrated workers taken just after the turn of the 19th century when the factory was spinning much of the nations silk. The space is also decorated with a continuously rotating stock of carefully selected artifacts and found objects. The space is inspiring to say the least and one visit makes you want to stay for a while!
From various articles _______________________________________________________________________
While people can no longer rely on their college degrees to manifest themselves into jobs, individuals have become more flexible and creative with their professions. They are starting businesses, creating jobs for themselves, and hustling for the next big opportunity. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2020, about 65 million Americans will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs, making up about 40% of the workforce. Concurrently, workspaces are sprouting around the country in order to accommodate the growing number of nomadic workers.
“As the American workforce trends toward independent contracting, freelance, and temping, co-working spaces and the collaborative, connective environments they create become more and more important – from both a social and professional standpoint,” said Beau Button, Founder of WebDevrs and the Dojo in New Orleans. “No longer the exception, co-working spaces will be the rule.”
“Co-working spaces are melting pots of creativity,” added Button. “They generate a level of synergy that results from the proximity and collaboration of like-minded people. New relationships are developed. Ideas are challenged. Problems are solved.”
Today, coworking comes with benefits beyond just WiFi and unlimited coffee. Professional, personal, and social gains come as added bonuses that are more advantageous than working in a coffee shop or home office/living room/dining room. These environments are not only stimulating, inspiring, and fun, but also lead to new business development and collaborations, as well as increased levels of productivity and income as a result of being part of an expanding business network.
Proximity seems to be a factor in stimulating collaborations and innovation in the work environment. According to a study that was recently conducted by a team at Harvard University, it has been concluded that geographic proximity is valuable in collaboration, despite living in an era dominated by the Internet, wireless communication, and e-mail. Findings in 35,000 academic papers showed that physical proximity mattered after concluding that correlations between the most cited papers and the close distances between authors led to more impactful publications. Although the study focused on innovation in science, the data proved that face-to-face communication was more impactful, leading to less agenda-driven and more fluid conversations, brainstorming, problem solving, and serendipitous accidents.
In an annual survey conducted by Deskmag, people who work in coworking spaces reported to be more productive, confident, and creative. Reports showed that 71% of people surveyed were more creative, 62% reported that their measure of work improved significantly, and 90% said they felt more confident when coworking. Additionally, 70% reported that they felt healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting. The statistics are the result of being part of a supportive and expanding network that offers flexibility in when you choose to work and whom you choose to work with. Aspects such as reduced stress also become a factor, as most people were able to minimize their commute time and were less likely to become victims of office politics.
A co-working space is to entrepreneurs what a university library is to students. When work at home becomes stagnant and one is seeking inspiration, people, good coffee, a clear desk and perhaps even a nice view, co-working spaces deliver.