Are you ready for a ‘real’ coworking space?
by Melanie Banayat, Founder, WingSpace Coworking
According to the 2016 annual State of Independence in America report, the independent workforce is projected to amount to nearly half the workforce by 2021. As a result, there are many new entrepreneurs, freelancers, telecommuters and startups working from their homes or in cafés, and they are discovering the downsides of working in those environments. Common challenges include isolation, distraction, low productivity and overworking. Many desire to work in an environment better suited for their needs – one that fosters creativity and productivity among peers and potential mentors. The notion has been called “assisted serendipity,” and a coworking space accomplishes just that. Members can drop in to use a desk, as needed, or reserve one, as well as reserve team areas or conference rooms on an ongoing basis.
Recognizing the growing need for a coworking space locally, entrepreneur Melanie Banayat is in the process of securing funding to open the first true coworking space, aptly dubbed WingSpace, to serve the greater Quad-Cities area.
“The concept is about embracing the core values of the coworking industry – community, collaboration, openness, accessibility and sustainability,” said Banayat. “WingSpace will be developed for those who desire the benefits that come with working in a shared space among other like-minded people.”
She added, “We want WingSpace to be user-friendly and welcoming to those who want to use the space, the shared amenities and work in a collaborative environment.”
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