What is Coworking?
Coworking has developed over the past decade as a place for freelancers, remote workers and independents to work. Typically coworking facilities are located in walkable urban environments. Examples of coworking facilities in the Triangle are Bull City Coworking and American Underground both located in Durham and HQ Raleigh.
Building a successful vibrant coworking community is not easy and depends on the habits of local workers, the facility and the location. Technology Tank has been working on developing a coworking model for suburban locations and has been working on the moderately successful Oakhaven Coworking project for over a year, but location and facility were definitely an issue for Oakhaven Coworking.
Developing Cary Coworking
As was made abundantly clear by different coworking thought leaders at the WorkShift 2014 conference in Durham, building the community first and then finding a suitable facility is the most successful way of developing a facility to support those people that want to cowork. One of the biggest reasons for people wanting to cowork is that they are tired of being lonely working from home. A coworking facility provides a good working location without the distractions of a coffee shop or a library. A coworking community also provides a place for people to associate professionally to find advice or assistance from someone with needed skills or expertise. Please note that a coworking community is not a “networking group” so if that is what you are looking for you need to look at other groups more suited for networking!
With the move of the Technology Tank offices to the Cary Innovation Center, we are now working to develop a coworking facility in downtown Cary by first finding the community. We will be holding several “jelles” at the Cary Innovation Center starting in late January 2015. A coworking jelly is a meetup for potential coworkers to see if they like working together. For more information, or to get involved please join the Cary Coworking Meetup Group
Please also know that there is an existing coworking facility in downtown Cary – Gather. We don’t see our effort as competition, only strengthening the coworking community in Cary. If you have the chance please check out the Gather coworking opportunity and if that is what you are looking for, please join their community!