The idea of a mobile workforce is something that both individuals and companies are really starting to embrace. Coworking spaces offer people a professional office that they can dip in and out of whenever it suits them, within reason. They are fast becoming places that connect people and help to expand the businesses that use them.
If you’re thinking of a move to the Costa del Sol, you might be looking at property for sale in Marbella. If you’re like many of the people that decide on this lifestyle, you’re probably also wondering where you’re going to conduct your daily business. Many of the properties for sale in Marbella will have a home office, sure. But it’s great to know that Marbella has some fantastic coworking spaces for those days when you need a change of scenery. A home office, although convenient, often eventually leads to ‘cabin fever’. It might also lead to the temptation to self-distract with whatever is in the fridge/on the TV, etc.
Who uses coworking spaces?
Statistics show that around 33% of the workforce are freelancers, or independent workers. This is predicted to rise to 40% in the next three years. Working alone every day gets tedious for many freelancers, who crave a sense of community; this is something they can easily find in a coworking space.
Startups and small businesses sometimes need a ‘between space’, before they’re big enough to rent a full time space. Some corporations are happy to give their staff a break from commuting; likewise, free employees (within reason) are happy employees, and happy employees are productive employees.
Coworking spaces offer convenience and freedom
These days people want the freedom to work wherever they feel like it. They don’t want or need to be tied to the same desk day in, day out. It was Starbucks that came up with the name ‘third space’ as a marketing tactic designed to entice workers to view their coffee shops as an office away from home and work.
Bosses and workers on the move need reliable places to catch up on their to do list; places with good internet and comfortable office chairs. Gone are the days in which an entire (pricy) corporate meeting room must be rented for this purpose, and they no longer need to rely on Starbucks.
Whatever reasons people have for wanting to use a shared, temporary office space, there must be many; co-working is now officially a ‘thing’, and there are coworking spaces popping up all over the world’s cities – even in tiny towns in the remotest of places.
Technology has made us more ‘trackable’
It is technology we have to thank for this, mainly. Online connectivity has never been easier, but because we are so accessible to each other through technology, we’re also easier to monitor. This has clearly bred trust between employers and their workforces, and for many employees, the grip on the reins has been loosened.
While people are taking advantage of the convenience that coworking spaces offer, they’re often able to benefit from much more. Some coworking spaces offer meeting rooms, cafes, coffee bars, lounges, web services, and even things like yoga. The aim is generally to make people’s lives easier. So it makes sense for them to throw a few break time activities into the mix.
Marbella has some outstanding coworking spaces
The knowledge that Marbella has some great coworking spaces available will be music to the ears of many aspiring expats. Earlier this year, an innovative new coworking space by the name of Our Space opened up. This is a particularly attractive, futuristic space. It is spread over 6000 square meters and offers outstanding facilities, including cutting edge tech and 13 private offices. In the words of Sean Phillips (their Chief Operating Officer):
“Our Space is Your Space! This is not your normal humdrum office. We have created an environment to help you and your team be more productive and work better, smarter and faster than anyone else.” How very Marbella!
Even if Our Space isn’t the one, you’ve got plenty of other coworking spaces to choose from in Marbella. Design Society is another classy space aimed at artists, designers, makers and entrepreneurs. This space encourages them to develop their own projects in the creative surroundings provided. Like most coworking spaces, they offer both hot desks (those that you can move between as and when required) and fixed desks (those that you can book for weeks or months at a time). They also have a lab space for showrooms, meetups and workshops.
There’s also Andalucia Lab, Esperanza, and Regus GB, to name a few others. Now that your future work life is covered, it might be time to get serious about that property investment you’ve been toying with… if so, Paradise Marbella’s team are just the people to help you secure your dream home.