Is co-working the new “work from home”? 0

From CNN.com comes an interesting story about a newish trend in the stay at home workforce.

 

More than a decade after the Internet allowed millions of people to work at home, the next phase of telecommuting involves, well, not working at home.

Web developer Toby Ho, left, has joined a coworking group called “Jelly” in Roswell, Georgia.

Organized “coworking” — the concept of working solo alongside like-minded independents — has spread to dozens of cities.

The irony of coworking isn’t lost on organizers, including Kevin Bachman, who set up a group north of Atlanta as part of an informal Web-based network called Jelly.

“The reason people work alone, is because they’re looking for freedom,” said Bachman, a 34-year-old Web developer who telecommutes part time. “It may be ironic that you crave isolation, but you also want to be socially interactive with others like you.”

 

This seems like a no brainer.

 

Coworking is gaining popularity as number of single-person businesses in the United States is skyrocketing.

The nation added nearly 4 million one-person businesses between 2000 and 2005, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

This seems like a great way to share ideas with like-minded people and share the cost in some of the more high cost real estate areas. The business contacts, networking, sharing of ideas and energy seems like something that would work for everyone involved.

 

‘Chelle Parmele
Social Media Marketing Manager
Palo Alto Software

 

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