The number of coworking spaces has considerably increased during 2017 and is expected to continue to rise. According to the CoWorking Spain platform, in our country, and at the present moment, more than 1000 centers of this type have registered with the platform, making Spain the third country in Europe with the most coworking spaces. These spaces are occupied at the moment mostly by freelancers, self-employed workers or entrepreneurs. But, what are the latest trends for 2017? What kind of professionals will occupy these work spaces? What kind of synergies will take place? In the text that follows we will point out some of the prevailing tendencies which will apply to coworking spaces in 2017.
The 5 trends for coworking spaces in 2017
Throughout 2017 some of the already existing trends will be reinforced while new forms and models of coworking will also be created.
- Niche coworking: is a trend which has been increasing in popularity on a global scale. It involves a specialization of the shared work spaces – that is to say, coworking spaces dedicated exclusively, for example, to workers in the sectors of communication, the environment, etc. In this way, these spaces become highly geared towards their target audience.
- Growth in the number of SMEs and new tenants: as we mentioned previously, this type of space has been occupied up until now mainly by self-employed workers and freelance professionals. However, in 2017, it is hoped that small and large enterprises will also adopt this type of work space and that they will come to consider them to be focal points of innovation, able to promote dynamism within the company.
- New services: in addition to developing work spaces, there will an effort to attract other types of service such as auditing, consulting, and business competency services.
- Type of workers: professionals from the communications, design, consulting sectors, etc. remain the most frequent users of coworking spaces. Nevertheless, there may be new types of professionals interested in occupying these spaces; with an emphasis on “liberal” professions however.
- Adaptability: there may be small or large changes taking place in these types of spaces, but what is important to remember is that, in the end, it is those coworking spaces that prove themselves capable of adapting to the ever changing needs of new work environments which will survive.
These are some of the trends which will be seen in 2017. It is worth mentioning that this type of work space is also being developed within hotels. In fact, the hotel industry is no longer limiting itself to providing accommodation and restoration services. Hotels are looking to develop their social gathering spaces and as a result are allocating much of their available space to creating coworking spaces and meeting areas. The lodger can now work in a space adapted to his or her needs and which can also serve as a possible place to meet with new clients and to create new market synergies. What’s more, these spaces are not exclusively reserved to hotel clients, but may also be used by anyone looking to rent them.
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