If there’s one thing we believe in through and through, it’s the life-changing benefits of coworking. Ever since we were first introduced to the concept more than five years ago, we’ve been on a path to create more opportunities for women to incorporate coworking into their daily lives.
Sesh began with a dream of a place where working women could thrive in their professional lives as well as their personal lives. A safe and supportive community where women could learn, grow, share resources, and ask questions. We believe that women not only need a place like this, but deserve it too.
Coworking allows space for all of that to happen. Here are eight reasons ways coworking can make your life and work infinitely better:
1. Higher Productivity 👊
When you are surrounded by amazing women who you can visibly see kicking ass and taking names, it’s difficult not to be inspired to do the same yourself. Your dog is a wonderful companion, but he can’t remind you to get back on task when your brain drifts off into space.
Working close to coworkers gives you the visual cue you need to stay on task. Studies support this idea too. As noted in the Harvard Business Review, “most members (84%) reported that working in a coworking space improved their work engagement and motivation.” Win!
2. Loneliness, be gone! 💛
One of the biggest complaints we hear from women who work remotely is the overwhelming feeling of loneliness. You may go through an entire day conversing digitally with clients and coworkers, but only speaking aloud to the kid working the register at the grocery store or your toddler.
Coworking doesn’t mean you chat all day and ignore your work, but it does provide infinitely more opportunities to connect with real human beings. For extroverts, that could mean chatting with the women around you in between projects or tasks. For introverts, sometimes just being in the presence of others (no small talk required) is enough to banish those feelings of loneliness.
3. Collaborations all day, erryday 🤝
When you begin to meet other like-minded women, the opportunity for collaboration skyrockets. It’s pretty hard to collaborate if you’re working at home alone, right? Collaborations with other business owners can mean exposure to a new client base, a chance to learn from another perspective, and even the possibility of saving money. We totally believe the popular adage that a rising tide lifts all boats, and coworking creates space for that tide.
4. New friends! 👯
Who doesn’t love making a new friend? It taps into the 7-year-old that’s inside all of us. We all know how hard it can be to make friends as an adult — you might not even remember the last time you made a new friend. When you join a coworking community, you won’t leave without at least a few new friendships. There’s just something about knowing you’re entering a place with like-minded women that opens your mind and heart to meeting someone new.
5. You feel part of a community while still retaining your authenticity ✨
Be you while still being a part of something greater. As an individual, you are fantastic, and there is space within a coworking community for you and your unique brand or business. Maintain all of that while still participating in the camaraderie of the community. Everyone has something special to bring to the table — even those who are working in the same niche or field. There is room for everyone and their unique skills at the table.
6. You can separate your home from your work 🏡
Working from home can be so distracting! Between the chores left undone, the needs of the family and pets who could truly care less that you need to finish that report, it can be difficult to find balance.
Just working in a space other than your living room, bedroom (because, let’s be honest… #workfromhomeperks), or home office can put you in a completely different headspace — a completely productive headspace. When your brain knows you’re sitting on your couch, it immediately puts you into, well, sitting-on-your-couch mode, which doesn’t usually translate to productivity. Spending a couple of hours or a full day in a coworking environment can help you get ahead of your to-do list and well on your way to making big moves in your biz.
For women, the goal of a balanced life is even harder to attain. Studies show that working women still carry the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities despite also taking on greater professional roles. Finding that line of separation is much easier when you have a separate area to work (and bonus points for a great community too).
7. An amazing network of girl bosses 💃
Wondering where to find the best pediatric dentist? How about the best happy hour specials around town? When you are surrounded by a strong network of like-minded women, you’ll know the hottest spots around town as well as the best services and resources.
Not only will you get great recs in your area (a huge perk if you’ve recently moved to town!), you’ll also be able to connect with other women on a business level. Maybe you’re a graphic designer who is looking to hire a bookkeeper. Good news! The woman working down the table from you has an amazing bookkeeper and you’re able to get her contact info to see if she’ll be a good fit.
8. Emotional support from women like you 🤗
Imposter syndrome, feelings of failure, wondering if we’ve made a poor decision — we all have these feelings. Working through them alone often leaves you locked in a loop of negative self-talk and self-deprecating behavior. We’re women, and sometimes we just need to talk it out with each other to find clarity. And since we’ve all felt the same way at times, you know that you’ll be met with warmth, empathy, love, and support.
Coworking is an incredible resource in the back pocket of today’s working woman. If you live in even a moderately-sized city, chances are good that you have a coworking space near you! If you don’t, why not try starting a coworking time with some friends or acquaintances at a coffee shop or your local public library?
If you’re in the Houston area, we’d love for you to join us!
WIth our Community Membership, you’ll get some amazing perks. Unlimited coworking sessions, event discounts, a supportive community, and so much more. Are you in? Join us!