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Why startups and small businesses love coworking spaces

In today’s constantly changing business world, startups and small businesses need spaces that offer more than just a desk and a chair. Coworking spaces like Groundwork provide the perfect solution. These spaces are popular for good reason: they offer a supportive environment where entrepreneurs can grow and thrive.

The concept behind coworking spaces

Coworking spaces have become popular because they provide a shared workspace for people from different backgrounds, companies, and industries. This concept goes beyond sharing physical space. It builds a sense of community and collaboration among diverse groups like entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote/hybrid workers, and small business owners.

“In a time when digital distractions are always at arm’s-length, freelancers, entrepreneurs and the self-employed creatives of the world are continually looking for a work environment outside of their own homes that provides them with some stability, clarity, and extra motivation.”


Accessibility and affordability

One key benefit of coworking spaces is their flexibility and affordability. This is especially true for startups and small businesses. Since most coworking spaces offer a variety of month-to-month membership options there is no longer a need to commit to a long-term lease. As a result, coworking spaces provide a cost-effective solution for businesses looking to establish a presence in a particular area, without the financial burden or commitment of traditional office.

Groundwork members engaging in conversation

Collaboration and connections

When starting a new business, it’s often essential to build relationships within your industry and adjacent industries. At Groundwork, collaboration isn’t just encouraged—it’s celebrated. Our space is designed to foster interaction among members and nurture meaningful connections.

The beauty of coworking is the diversity among members who are all at different stages in their entrepreneurship. This makes an ideal environment for exploring ideas and strategies for your own business. Whether you’re brainstorming over coffee, or attending a member events, there are plenty of opportunities to collaborate and learn from others.

Productivity and creativity

Groundwork offers all the amenities necessary to support productivity and creativity. From high-speed internet and printing capabilities, to fully-equipped conference rooms and mail services (and most important, bottomless coffee). Coworking spaces come with everything entrepreneurs need to get work done efficiently.

Our New Bedford space even has an art gallery, giving members the opportunity to get inspired and connect with the local arts community. With these resources available, startups can focus on what matters most—building their businesses.

Embracing a sense of community

The community at Groundwork is our most valuable asset. Starting a business can often feel lonely, yet it’s also like a rollercoaster ride. There is joy and excitement. But there is also likely uncertainty, fear, and stress. That’s when it becomes important to have a community to lean on. A community that has been through what you are going through. In that way, coworking spaces can become not only a workspace, but a haven where members can find support, encouragement, and even friendship.

Groundwork members enjoying community-  food and conversation

Coworking spaces represent more than just a place to work— they are a new way of working that prioritizes collaboration, community, and flexibility. For startups and small businesses, coworking offers a supportive environment where they can thrive among like-minded individuals, fostering innovation and growth along the way.