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While some coworking spaces heavily promote their own brand, selling themselves as an exclusive club for "members," others stay in the background and, in some cases, even limit the amount of signage their clients are allowed to display in hallways and other common areas.
Shared offices are a popular choice for entrepreneurs with an eye toward expansion, offering everything from best-in-class amenities to a built-in professional network that can prove invaluable to growing businesses.
It's estimated that the average worker spends about 90,000 hours on the job. That's a long time, especially if you're stuck in an office environment that isn't enjoyable or conducive to your day-to-day activities.
Last year marked the strongest year for hiring since 1999, but rather than expanding their offices, many U.S. employers have started fitting more employees into less space as they seek to reduce their real estate expenses and embrace the open-office model.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the cubicle, and while few people dispute the impact this workplace wonder has had on office design and culture, most agree that cubicles have come to symbolize the old way of doing business.
The world of work as it exists demands flexibility from a real estate industry built around rigidity. Hence the rise and expansion of third place workspaces in various sizes, permutations, and aesthetics.
Whether you're a freelancer, contractor or small business owner looking to leave the home office, it's important to find a workspace that's both affordable and free of distractions that can undermine productivity and hurt your professional image.