Cowork­ing on the rise

Young self-em­ployed work­ers are opt­ing to mak­ing ends meet by shar­ing of­fices with oth­ers - or liv­ing with them

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Joe Wick­man MORE and more young en­trepreneurs in Castellón are opt­ing to work in shared of­fices with oth­ers as a way to save costs.

This is the ra­tio­nale be­hind cowork­ing, a modal­ity that al­lows sev­eral self-em­ployed work­ers to fur­ther their own busi­nesses un­der the same roof

het­her by force or of their own free will, nu­mer­ous young peo­ple are self em­ployed and are try­ing to ei­ther carry out their jobs suc­cess­fully or en­sure their busi­nesses are prof­itable. With rental prices soar­ing, cowork­ing has emerged as a vi­able al­ter­na­tive as it al­lows en­trepreneurs to pay un­der €200 a month in­stead of a full rent plus elec­tric­ity and wa­ter bills.

Cowork­ing of­fices will typ­i­cally of­fer its ten­ants an in­di­vid­ual, pri­vate spot in a large room and the abil­ity to use a shared meet­ing room, train­ing room and an area for food and drinks.

As well as shar­ing the work­place phys­i­cally, those who make use of this method also stress the im­por­tance of syn­ergy, as this al­ter­na­tive al­lows sim­i­lar-minded en­trepreneurs to bounce ideas off each other or col­lab­o­rate with oth­ers on projects they may be ini­ti­at­ing.

This, in turn, has led to ‘co­l­iv­ing’, a modal­ity whereby ‘co­work­ers’ live in the same house. This en­ables them to share costs while de­vel­op­ing sim­i­lar projects and shar­ing ideas or ways to im­prove their busi­nesses. Unem­ploy­ment has in­creased by 1,254 peo­ple in Castellón prov­ince in Septem­ber. Em­ploy­ment fig­ures for the month were re­leased this week, and they ver­ify that the sum­mer spike in job creation goes away along with the sun. What is even more con­cern­ing is that this fig­ure eas­ily sur­passes the coun­try av­er­age, as the 1,254 new job­less peo­ple rep­re­sent a 3.25% drop, while the na­tion’s av­er­age sits at 0.64%. Fur­ther­more, only 783 jobs dis­ap­peared in Septem­ber last year, in­di­cat­ing that 2018 has been par­tic­u­larly harsh in this re­gard. W .

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