This flexible alternative to traditional offices does more than serve as a drop-in office for those with entrepreneurial spirits.
Coworking spaces also attract a certain kind of community, where people from all walks of life and professions work together to inspire and motivate one another. That means networking events, happy hours, entrepreneurial advice and creativity galore.
In this piece we share with you a number of coworking personalities that you will meet and connect with in a the coworking space.
We have probably come across the networker, they are proactive and pretty much know everyone and what they do in the space.
Post on slack that you are looking for something or someone in a certain profession and they will be first to connect you with them. They will tag them. They are the connectors in the coworking space.
The Networker actually knows your boss’s nephew, who works in marketing at his or her friend’s startup. You’ll soon find out that they know everyone. They also attend all the events happening in the space, so any opportunity to network, is always welcomed by them.
The networker is always the first person to introduce himself or herself to you, so you will always have someone to chat with when you’re on a coffee break.
The Networker always seems to have time for a chatty coffee break. You’re likely to overhear many of this person’s conversations and ideas.
The Networker is a social butterfly that makes a coworking space rife with opportunities that traditional office spaces are lacking.
With the flexibility that comes with taking up space in a coworking space, at times some co workers opt to work late in the night.
The night owl will walk into the office quite late in the evening and work all the way till early morning.
They are mostly creatives and will always walk in when everyone else is walking out of the office and probably leave office when everyone is walking in.
Also known as the Nightingales, these co-workers hate even the slightest noise. It is why they prefer to work when the rest of the world is tucked in bed. Thankfully, the best shared workplaces are open 24×7 to cater to them.
You will find them always in a break-out space talking to younger professionals. The sense of community that comes from coworking spaces is often spearheaded by this colorful character.
The working mom always brings positivity, warmth and homemade sweet treats that you can never seem to say no to.
Have you experienced “toxic workplaces”? You can rest assured that The Work Mom would never let that happen at your coworking space. You can find this person sitting in the community area, mentoring or talking to anyone who needs a helping hand.
“Bottmless coffee and fast speed internet anyonei” caught this person’s attention, and he or she never looked back.
Now, you can find this person at his or her designated desk (which he or she requested be right next to the kitchen) constantly sipping on free coffee.
Unsurprisingly, your Highly Caffeinated coworkers are very energetic, a little jittery and always happy to share their almond milk.
This one is always seated at a corner typing/coding away. The geek in the space might be confused to being the shy, introverted individual. They are reserved and you’ll often find them with headphones on typing on dark screens. They are quiet and you’ll never discover them approaching members first.
Yes, it sounds counter-intuitive, but coworking spaces are brimming with reclusive people.
Wondering why? They only seem anti-social. The fact is they enjoy the collaborative feel of shared workplaces as much as the next member.
For the longest time the coworking space has been associated with Freelancers. You’ll find freelancers floating through the office, headphones in and notebook in hand. They seem to be without a care in the world — until they have a deadline.
Freespirits become frazzled right before your eyes, typing at lightning speed and only getting up to refill their coffee. When writer’s block hits, these community-minded creatives may ask you for tips on how to reignite their spark!
If the networker is one type of person that benefits a coworking space, then the other is the mentor.
The collaborative and encouraging environment of shared workplaces is such that they end up fostering one guardian angel at the minimum.
These co-workers are always ready to support others. From helping you find the right contact to offering awesome sauce counsel, they act as guides every step of the way.
At the end of the day, a coworking space is meant for every personality, every gender and every age. It is why finding the same set of people in different shared working places is quite common!
If you are looking for coworking spaces in Nairobi Kenya, get in touch with us at Nairobi Garage!