In 2017, co working is the new reality for freelancers and small companies. They have the chance to choose where they want to work and there is something for everyone! Of course, Barcelona didn’t wait to get into this wagon of co working!
It is important to realize that the term “coworking” is not new. For one thing, the first books about the advantages of coworking appeared around the beginning of the 16th century. They all referred to the power of coworking with God and its representatives. Of course, the meaning behind this term has changed over time into a more modern version of it. Freelancers usually share the same common ideals and values.
The first version of a coworking space was created back in 1995, in Berlin. It was called C-base and it was one of the first hacker spaces in the world. This places are usually community-oriented, giving these professionals a physical place to work and socialize.
Then in 1999, Bernie De Koven, an American game designer, author and lecturer, used the word “coworking” as to describe a new method that would revolutionize collaborative work, making it much easier. He wanted to create a space where people can work together as equals while being in a non-competitive environment. The same, in New York, 42 West 42 offered a similar place with a pleasant work environment.
Later on, in 2002, Schraubenfabrik opened in Vienna, representing a community of coworking spaces and entrepreneurs. It became the first local network of coworking spaces.
The Big Change – “Representation of working independently, but together”
However, it was in San Francisco in 2005 that the first official co working space conceived by the programmer Brad Neuberg. He was tired of the unsocial business centers and the unproductive work life at a home office. This space offered between five to eight desks, a few days a week, plus free Wi-Fi, shared lunches, meditation breaks, massages and a strict closing time.
A year later, the Coworking Wiki started in San Francisco. Its creator is Chris Messina, the founder of the Twitter Hashtag. Around the same time, the Hat Factory opened as the first full-time co working space. Some of its founders are Brad Neuberg and Chris Messina. It was one out of 30 places opened at the time worldwide.
For this reason, it’s no surprise that the number just kept growing. By the end of 2008, there were about 160 coworking spaces worldwide. In 2013, around 100.000 people were working from these spaces. Nowadays, we are close to 14.000 spaces open in the whole world.
It’s also curious to note that in 2008 a Coworking Visa was created to allow the members of these communities to visit different facilities for free.
Barcelona’s co working fever
With the economic crisis, the amount of self-employed workers increased drastically. A lot of people decided to face the financial crisis with creativity. Meaning that it was the perfect environment to implement more co working spaces in Spain. It might not be the ideal work situation but these spaces give you the opportunity to get out of the house and into a more inspiring environment. It also facilitates your declarations on your tax returns.
In fact, there is going to be a conference in Sevilla, the next 11th and 12th of May. It will be a gathering of entrepreneurs, sharing their knowledge and their experience. Click here!