Coworking spaces have been on the rise in recent years – and for good reason. The spaces allow affordable access to impressive and imperative entrepreneurial necessities for those who might otherwise be unable to finance such spaces and supplies on their own. Their budget-friendly memberships aren’t the only reason coworking facilities are gaining popularity, however. Coworking has also been transforming the way we mentor young entrepreneurs with their uniquely designed spaces that bring about unparalleled community resources within their walls.
The coworking revolution has brought with it an entirely new way to operate a successful business today. No longer do startups and freelancers need to scrimp to pay for a mediocre base of operation or hold customer meetings and pitches out of their homes. Today, these spaces offer a community office complex that comes complete with all the bells and whistles of the most impressive and productive locations available, but they also offer tenants a potentially limitless pool of resources in the form of a diverse community.
“Coworking refers to working in shared office spaces using economies of scale to give tenants access to amenities and facilities they otherwise would not be able to afford. Coworking spaces connect diverse organizations and individuals, giving them the chance to collaborate, share knowledge, and develop systemic solutions to the issues they are trying to address,” explains social entrepreneur Tonya Surman via MITPressJournals.org.
The Social Aspect
The social aspect of coworking spaces is, in large part, transforming the way we mentor young entrepreneurs today. Mentorship used to be based in large part by specific relationships with others within limited spheres of our area of study or expertise. This new transformation of mentorship through coworking spaces, however, opens up the potential social and environmental opportunities that put young entrepreneurs in contact with others in multiple areas of expertise who can help them expand. In other words, these spaces create unique communities with individuals of broad backgrounds, increasing the resource pool for those members within them to create meaningful and invaluable relationships to help with growth.
Since the flexibility of coworking memberships allows for an evolving community population, the potential for mentorship relations is exponential. Even in the events in which prized relationships move to new locations down the road, your mentorships only serve to expand to new areas, thus increasing your resources and connections.
Transforming the Way We Mentor
With technology changing the way we communicate in recent generations; mentorship has never been more important. Being limited to either technical communications (emails, texts, social media, etc.) or personal communication (in person conversations or phone calls) can severely limit your exposure and the amount of true connections you make as you try to build your brand. Mentorships can be a critical piece of the puzzle to help bridge the generational gaps and build lasting entrepreneurial relationships to help you truly expand your business. Coworking spaces, with their diversity and socially designed community layouts, are primed to offer invaluable mentorship opportunities and transform the way we mentor future generations.