Something unique and special about coworking spaces is the embedded community. Oftentimes we see headlines highlighting the benefits of a coworking space on your work but something that feels just as vital (perhaps more so) is the personal connections you can make there.
My own search for community
I recently moved to New Bedford from Martha’s Vineyard and was struggling to find community in the area. I only knew a couple people and as an extrovert, I crave human connection, but was finding it difficult to create new friendships. I have always been social and had not anticipated it being hard for me to make new friends. I soon found out that making friends as an adult, in a new place, in the midst of a pandemic, was not easy!
Coworking isn’t only for work
I had not considered joining a coworking space, simply because at the time, I was not working. I associated coworking spaces with people who had their own business or worked from home; people who worked. And that is true. But what is also true about coworking spaces is that the community is often filled with a diverse array of people from all walks of life.
I am still relatively new to the coworking community, but I have already found people with whom I have connections with, share similar interests and ideals with, or simply are interested in cultivating community and expanding their social circle. Having never been part of a coworking community before, this felt like an unexpected and wonderful gift; an added bonus to working here. Little did I know that working here would lead to not only a new job (as Community Manager) but to new friendships and a larger, more rich community.
You don’t know till you know
I wish I had known to look at the coworking space as more than just a space to work, and had seen it for all that it offers, including community and connection. For someone like me, community and connection are two of the most important things in my life. Being an extrovert new to the area, craving new connections, this feels like a perfect fit.
I hope that more people who find themselves wanting community, whether in a new place or not, will seek out their own local coworking space and see all that it has to offer.
Here at Groundwork I have already begun making personal connections with like-minded people through a variety of social events. Our Groundwork bookclub and our weekly meditation sessions are a of couple things I am already involved in and excited about, as well as being able to facilitate meetings with New Bedford community members and Groundwork members that I would not have been able to do without the space and opportunity that being a part of Groundwork allows me.