Creative Density Coworking in Uptown has just launched a New Year Special for the next two weeks. New members can get their Regular Members (12 days/month) for only $100. This is a great deal since it usually cost $175 and would be a great way for a person to start 2012 off right. The deal is brought to you by Denver startup Closely.
Coworking is new style of working because it blends the flexibility of working from home with the social and professional benefits of being in a vibrant office. Designers, writers, app developers, and remote workers rotate in and out desks, share tid-bits of information and pass around blog posts. The people make the space alive and the coworking style of flexibility and community-driven make working exciting. The vibrancy and excitement of coworking is created by people being involved and making the space their.
So how do new coworkers get the most out of their new space and the community?
Come on in. Everyone is really nice.
On your first day, and probably the first few visits, it’s always a good idea to introduce yourself, be open to some conversation and be willing to butt-in when you have some special insight on a topic. The community manager at the coworking facility, which is Craig at Creative Density, will help introduce you and start a conversation to make you feel comfortable and prevent awkward silence between strangers huddled behind laptops (everyone is nice and probably that wouldn’t happen).
Share. Everyone doesn’t know everything.
One of the best things about coworking is that there is a group of smart people around to help answer quick questions. If you can’t find a WordPress plug-in, need a beta-tester for an app, want someone to look over some copy than you can probably turn around and ask someone for 10 minutes of their time. Coworking is a community of people with diverse talents that believe we can all nudge each other forward together.
Participate and Host. Everyone has a voice.
Creative Density and many other coworking spaces open their doors for members to host events and to participate. By joining a coworking community means you have a voice in certain events and activities in the space. If there are great events going on that interest you, make sure to go and participate. If you want a hack-a-thon, a show and tell, or a night of group writing than suggest it to the community manager. Coworking spaces are always looking for new ways to let members make the space their own.
The events going on during and after hours are great for getting to know your coworkers since work is not the main focus. You’ll learn about new ideas and skills from your coworkers that may not come up in normal conversation and find new way to collaborate together. Plus, many coworkers love beer and toasting together at an event seems to always bring bring together.
If you are a Creative Density member than talk to Craig about events that may interest you. He’ll work with you to get it going.
Give high-fives! Everyone likes them.
Fact. Do it.
Now you are all set to get the most of coworking. It’s an exciting new way to work and discover the talented people in your neighborhood. Enjoy.How to get the most of your coworking community.
This post was written by Craig Baute, the owner of Creative Density in downtown Denver.
Working from Home Starts Off Great
Being bored and distracted while working from home or the coffee house isn’t isolated to freelancers and startups; rumor has it that telecommuters get it too. Escaping the corporate headquarters’ cube farm and the endless meetings to telecommuting from home sounds like the perfect solution when it first comes up. However, after a few weeks of getting up, making coffee, and then heading over to the spare bedroom to work the distractions of The Ellen Show, the Xbox, and laundry start to fill out your day while work assignments keep piling up. Not to mention the fact you’re only talking to your dog and clients over the phone and not meeting new smart and pretty amazing people during the day. Why isn’t telecommuting as awesome as first imagined?
Be with Friendly People that Aren’t Your Bosses.
At Creative Density, we have telecommuter/remote workers mixed in with freelancers and startups. You might even recognize some of the people from your local coffee shops in the afternoon tapping away at their laptop and dealing with slow Wifi just to get out of the house. Coworking provides the same cafe atmosphere, but with a larger workspace, strong Wifi, a conference room, and…well…people. People to talk to, ask questions of, to brainstorm with, and to have a beer with after a long day of work. You know, people that will become friends and valuable professional connections, friendly people that help you stay focused and motivated while you hammer out a 60 page report.
Coworking: Happy Workers Make Business Happy
Coworking is all about the people. It’s being around people and having people of different skills to ask questions and be motivated by that help workers be more productive and creative. If you run into a problem on Excel or want an opinion on a website design then you can just turn around and ask someone. ‘Coworkers’ learn new skills from each other and can solve daily routine problems quicker by asking for assistance from the people they are working besides compared to being isolated at home and waiting for an email reply from a business colleague. By coworking the worker is better at their job and the managers back at HQ love happy and productive workers. In fact, business often pay for coworking memberships that range from $75 to $350 per month.
So if you are a telecommuter, a traveling business person, or a manager with a sea of remote workers than consider checking out your local coworking space. Creative Density is based in downtown Denver but you can find spaces throughout the world at Loosecubes or Deskwanted.