Co-work­ing space: What is it?

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Work­ing or study­ing at home may be prac­ti­cal, but it can be counter-pro­duc­tive, no thanks to the many dis­trac­tions that can eas­ily de­rail you from dead­lines (hello there, lazy bed!).

Cof­fee shops, while a good op­tion, can get quite crowded and noisy. Your best bet? Shared of­fices, or what’s be­com­ing pop­u­larly known now as co-work­ing spa­ces.

Ba­si­cally, cowork­ing space is a com­mu­nal, col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing place. It’s en­tic­ing to bud­ding start-up groups, free­lancers, home-based pro­fes­sion­als, in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors, and stu­dents.

Imag­ine this. Throw in your gad­gets and take a spot. Pay on an hourly or daily ba­sis---de­pend­ing on what suits your work­ing style. Rate varies per es­tab­lish­ment, usu­ally at a very rea­son­able price, but fun­da­men­tally has the same in­clu­sions like strong wifi con­nec­tions, charg­ing sta­tions for your de­vices, com­pli­men­tary drinks, and a cozy, great am­biance in­spired by your favourite cof­fee shops and new-age of­fices.

More so, an­other chief attraction of this con­cept is the com­mu­nity sup­port and the ecosys­tem it cre­ates for its users--- which mil­len­nial work­ers truly love. So one has the choice ei­ther to se­clude him­self and fo­cus on dead­lines or in­ter­act with other pa­trons that ex­e­cutes in their in­dus­try. Hence, this is what makes them com­mit to this space: a chance to meet like­minded peo­ple in a col­lab­o­ra­tive at­mos­phere.

The idea may sound new-agey to many, but it has been around in other coun­tries and in Manila as early as 2005. And due to the rapidly in­creas­ing num­ber of free­lancers, side hus­tlers and ‘start-up-renuers’ brought upon by to­day’s great cul­ture-shift, the space business is geared to be the next big trend out­side Metro Manila.

CRIT­ICS of Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte may try an­other tack in mes­sag­ing if they are to fight this per­sis­tent wave of pub­lic sup­port for the Pres­i­dent.

Noth­ing could be more hurt­ing for the op­po­si­tion than the So­cial Weather Sta­tion’s (SWS) sur­vey be­tween March 28 and 31, find­ing 79 per­cent of adult Filipinos were sat­is­fied with Duterte’s per­for­mance, while only 13 per­cent were dis­sat­is­fied.

The poll showed a net sat­is­fac­tion score of “very good” +66, eight points higher than De­cem­ber 2018’s “very good” +60.

The rat­ing ties with Duterte’s per­sonal high in June 2017, the SWS noted.

Lift­ing the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s rat­ing is the 15-point in­crease in Min­danao (“ex­cel­lent” +88), seven points in the Visayas (“very good” +69), four points in Bal­ance Lu­zon, (“very good” +56), and three points in Metro Manila (“very good”

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