10/22/2018

What are Virtual Coworking Spaces?

It's the 21st century – yes, virtual coworking is now a concept. Virtual coworking spaces provide many of the same benefits as physical coworking spaces but without being in the same place. Those who use a virtual coworking space get the sense of community and more without constant interruptions or having to go to a specific location. Most virtual coworking spaces even have virtual floorplans, so you can feel as if you are truly in the same office and even virtually knock on doors or go to a meeting.

Comparing Virtual and Current Coworking Spaces

In most coworking spaces, you physically go to the space to get work done, then sit at a desk and interact with people throughout the day, enjoying amenities, like coffee and printing. With a virtual coworking space, you work from wherever you are, such as your home, so you do not physically sit in the space or get access to coffee. You do, however, virtually sit at a specific desk in the virtual floorplan, go to virtual locations, like phone booths and meeting rooms, and get to interact with others in a virtual setting.

Benefits of Virtual Coworking Spaces

Many of the benefits associated with virtual coworking spaces are very similar to those of physical spaces. With a physical coworking space, you actually have people around you, so you do not feel lonely during the workday. With a virtual space, you get the same feeling even if you are working from home. Just pressing a button lets you interact with others, and you can view the virtual map to see where everyone is at a given moment in time.

Virtual coworking spaces still allow for privacy, and etiquette requires others to knock on doors before entering a virtual office.

Virtual spaces also make it possible to see what others are working on at any given moment or view where they are. For example, you can see if a group of people is having a meeting in the virtual meeting room or is taking a phone call in the virtual phone booth. Most virtual coworking spaces have customizable rooms, making it possible to let the others in the virtual world know what you are working on. This is particularly useful for those working on team projects, as everyone can stay on the same page.

One way that virtual coworking dramatically improves upon on regular coworking is the ability to interact with those who are on the other side of the world. It is physically impossible to share a coworking space if you are in North America and someone else is in Europe or Asia, but you can do this with virtual coworking. As such, virtual coworking allows for an extra layer of teamwork, even if you are nowhere near each other geographically.

Future Coworking with Virtual Spaces

Virtual coworking is already growing in popularity due to its flexibility, low costs, and the benefits mentioned above. Future coworking is likely to incorporate a virtual element, particularly as virtual reality and other technologies advance. There are already companies offering virtual coworking spaces and many others who use these services.

For example, Sococo gives you a virtual floorplan with avatars for each employee, so everyone can see where the others are and get an idea of what they are working on. People can still knock on virtual doors before entering a room or shut a virtual door if they do not want to be disturbed.

MyWorkHive lets those who work remotely interact with others, learning together and sharing experiences. It aims to help provide a sense of community to encourage productivity.

Arena does a similar thing by providing a virtual space for entrepreneurs to work with each other. They can discover new people with shared interests and assist each other. They have an online forum, weekly virtual events, personal introductions, and more.

As technology advances, specifically virtual reality technology, virtual coworking is likely to become even more popular. The number of virtual coworking companies has potential to grow, with many experts predicting that future coworking spaces will more than likely choose to include this type of virtual element.

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3. Benefits of Tagging Others

Social data also describes the interaction between social media users. While comments, likes, and shares are the most obvious forms of interaction on social media, tags are another form of communication between social media users. 

Tagging is one of the most effective tips for coworking on social media. When it comes to promoting your coworking space, tags do an amazing job at increasing your visibility. On Facebook, for instance, your post will have more reaches if you tag others:

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If you often organize events at your coworking space, you can tag the participants. If you have some special offers, tag someone who helps you promote them. Any tag conveys social data, as it transfers information from one user to another. It’s a great way to become more visible online and attract potential clients. 

In Conclusion

Like any other big data, social data has limitations, as not every social media user shares information. Nevertheless, social data is still very effective for marketing purposes, as it can help your coworking space become more recognizable. 

Using the above-mentioned social data techniques together will help you increase visibility, as they will help others find your coworking space more easily. In general, these techniques are aimed at targeting large numbers of people and help them easily navigate the space of social media to find the best coworking spaces. 

Platform

Location

Croissant

International

Included.co

International

Hubble

London

Coworker

International

Instant Offices

International

Pickspace

International

Share Desk

International

Happy Desk

International

DesksNear.me

International

DeskTime

International

Coworking London

London

Desk Pass

International

Copass

International

Coworking Wiki

International

Desk Surfing

International

Near Desk

US

Liquid Space

International

GoCoWo

International

Find Workspaces

US

Sneed

India

Ofixu

International

Meetings Booker

International

Qdesq

India

eWorky

International

Share your office

US

Spacelist

US and Canada

42 Floors

US

Office List

US and Canada

Coffices

International

Breather

US, Canada, Europe

Setting

Berlin

Key to Office

International

Peerspace

US and Europe

Bizly

US

Spacewhiz

India

Beewake

US and Europe

Awfis

India

Allofficecenters

Germany

Splacer

US

Lexc

International

Desk Camping

International

Worksnug

International

Seats 2 Meet

US

Coworking.Coffee

International

Commercial Cafe

US

Preferred Office Network

US

Heydesk

International

Office Freedom

International

Flexas

International

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