Freelancers are a common sight in coworking spaces, as having a home office isn't always an option, and even if you do have the space, distractions can be endless. But coworking isn't just for freelancers and remote workers anymore; now, both large companies and small businesses and startups are starting to embrace greater flexibility for their employees. From individuals to corporate business teams, we've compiled some of the types of people you can find in many of our more than 500 partner spaces. Coworking is a great option for freelancers, especially those who like to divide their workweek between the home office and a shared space. While some freelancers are required to work in the companies they are hired by, many are free to work from wherever they want.
This also applies to employees of small and medium-sized companies. We have some members who work in a different city than their company headquarters, meaning they work remotely even though they are part of a larger in-person team. In these cases, the company usually covers the Deskpass membership fee for its employees. This provides a professional environment for your employees. We've seen an upward trend in startups opting for coworking spaces instead of more traditional office spaces.
In addition to the high costs associated with renting an office and the commitment to sign a long-term lease without knowing if and when your company will take off, startups often thrive in more collaborative environments. Startups, as well as small businesses or entrepreneurs, often choose to have their own dedicated area or office within a larger coworking space. They can even try out several spaces before committing to the one that best suits their needs. We have a lot of Deskpass members involved in startups, from fashion e-commerce and organic food solutions to healthcare and much more. When you hear the term “digital nomad”, you might think of palm trees swaying in the Balinese breeze, but that's not always the case.
While many people who promote being digital nomads choose to travel internationally, jumping from one country to another, there are many who have a base of operations and travel only from time to time. Freelancers can also be considered digital nomads, since they can do their work from anywhere, even in their own hometown. Coworking spaces are ideal for freelancers, people who make reservations regardless of their company, and teams with less than 5 employees. Around 41% of all users of coworking spaces are self-employed, while 36% are employees and 16% are employers. The largest group is still workers in the information technology sector, who represent 22% of all companies, while marketing and public relations professionals account for 14%.In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of large companies using coworking spaces.
In addition, coworking spaces often have a variety of amenities that can help consultants be more productive when it comes to meeting the needs of their clients, such as meeting rooms, soundproofed telephone booths, and video conferencing facilities. This demonstrates a change in the industry, which is now adapting to the needs of organizations with between 50 and 100 members, which demand more desks and private offices in coworking spaces than ever before.