It might sound appealing -- and it is, just ask one of many “digital nomads” happily roaming the world! But for expats, working remotely can be isolating and make it just that little bit harder to settle into your new country.
It can also be tough to find motivation when you’re alone in a room with an open Netflix tab winking at you from behind your work!
Coworking spaces are an innovative new(-ish) alternative to the traditional office setup, where independent workers share an open environment. They’re also a great way to meet new people, get out and about in a new city, and separate work from home.
And expats living in Germany can choose from some of the most beautiful and inspiring coworking spaces in the world, including several WeWork coworking sites in innovation hotspots Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Each WeWork building is designed to be a dynamic space that fosters creativity, focus, and collaboration -- something we all look for in a workplace!
If you’re thinking about coworking but haven't quite made up your mind yet, here are just a few reasons expats in Germany should seriously consider working in a shared office space.
1. Share ideas and skills
Even the most imaginative people need a helping hand sometimes. Coworking spaces are the perfect environments to collaborate with a variety of passionate people with complementing skills. Two heads are better than one, and in a coworking space you can work with your neighbours to come up with even better ideas.
What’s more, being surrounded by other hard-working people keeps you motivated on those days when you need an extra push. And there’s nowhere better to cowork than in Germany, with its flourishing tech industry and booming creative scene.
Berlin itself is a creative hub with a huge social innovation community so it’s teaming with bright young minds always ready to help or get involved with a new venture.
2. Grow your network
A co-working space comes with a built-in network of freelancers, agencies, startups, and everything in between. It’s the perfect place to expand your network in a new city, and to meet people you could work with now or in the future.
It’s also a good introduction to agencies or businesses you may want to work with, or to clients you may want to work for. Getting work can be difficult when there’s so much competition, but coworking is a great way to organically network and get yourself noticed by the right people.
3. Be part of a community
When you’re coworking you naturally form into a small community, something that many expats struggle to find outside of their home country. Not only will you expand your professional network, it’s likely you’ll also make new friends you otherwise may not have met.
All WeWork coworking spaces have spacious common areas, as well as complimentary refreshments -- so you can take a break with your coworkers and get to know each other. Asking someone if they want to grab a coffee can break the ice, and is a good way to kick off a new friendship.
4. Well-equipped office space
Sure, you’ve got your sofa at home -- but it can be hard to get in the mood to work when you’re in the same spot you spend most of Sunday watching movies.
Coworking spaces are well equipped, with comfortable chairs, desks, and even breakout areas where you can go for a change of scenery. There’s always a speedy internet connection, and you’ll have access to hardware like printers, photocopiers, and scanners.
Each WeWork space is designed to be an inspiring place to spend your working day, and is equipped with everything you need to get down to business. There are also private phone booths for you to make calls, and onsite staff if you need any assistance during the working week.
5. Work somewhere inspiring
Being creative doesn’t always come naturally. For one reason or another, sometimes you just have those days where you can’t seem to get inspired. Lots of factors, including your surroundings, can influence your creativity -- you’re probably not going to come up with your best ideas staring at your living room wall.
Coworking spaces are often colourful and vibrant areas that have been thoughtfully designed to stimulate creativity. For example, WeWork spaces have custom murals painted on the wall, and a dedicated interior design team to create an inspiring environment that will get your creative juices flowing.
6. Affordable and flexible
Renting your own personal office space can be pricey, as can spending your days sitting and working in cafes -- all those lattes really start to add up!
At WeWork’s co-working spaces in Germany there are four different pricing options available depending on whether you’re a freelancer, start-up entrepreneur, business owner, or anything in-between. All you need to do is pick the package that suits your needs and budget, show up, and start working!
7. Get to know a new city
Most coworking spaces are fairly central and often close to local restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you live in one neighbourhood and choose a coworking space in another, you can get to know a new part of the city you may not have otherwise had the chance to explore.
WeWork can be found in locations urban centres around Germany where members can enjoy lively surroundings -- from the coworking space in the trendy Berlin Mitte area, to the soon-to-be-opened space in Frankfurt’s Innenstadt, one of the Europe’s business and cultural hotspots. And WeWork Stadthaus offers stunning views of Hamburg’s river Elbe. Whichever site you choose, you’ll be coworking in a place you’ll also be happy to play in at the end of the day.
8. Improved productivity and overall happiness!
Plenty of research has shown that coworking spaces are the most productive places to work. When you’re in a dedicated workspace, surrounded by other focused, passionate people, you will naturally become more productive too.
You’ll also feel less isolated and happier when you’re working among other people -- reducing the risk of expat depression which is all too real a problem for anyone living in a different country where they may not have a strong network.