While many people may think that coworking is merely working on your own projects while sitting around other entrepreneurs and sharing a workspace, there are many additional benefits to coworking. In previous posts I have mused about the importance of sharing library resources, and even having a coffee break and hanging out with other entrepreneurs at the office.
Depending on the type of coworking space you have, you may or may not have mentorship activities built within. In the case of The Network Hub, entrepreneurs not only have a shared space and the resources to build their business (wireless, physical mailbox, etc.) They can also benefit from mentorship activities.
My own experience as a coworker at The Network Hub has been strongly enhanced by the fact that I have regular meetings with Minna Van, one of the co-owners of this coworking space. We meet about once a week, and we talk about our business. We discuss how things are going, in terms of how we use the time, particular challenges, and all the while, respecting the privacy and anonymity of our clients.
Having these mentoring meetings is definitely one of the best benefits of a launch pad like The Network Hub. While not every coworking space is modeled this way, even if the formal element of mentorship is not incorporated, it’s always good to have at least informal gatherings of entrepreneurs where they can share concerns, ideas, thoughts and challenges. It’s good to have a support group!
Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega is a Vancouver-based researcher, educator and consultant in the environmental public policy field. He conducts research in water governance, urban sustainability, comparative environmental policy and economic geography. Dr. Pacheco-Vega’s consulting studio has a home at The Network Hub.