Working in the UnOffice: A Guide to Coworking for Indie Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits by Genevieve DeGuzman and Andrew Tang
Where to Get It:
Barnes and Noble
When bootstrapped entrepreneurs or independent professionals head to work, it’s usually to a makeshift office-- either a cramped corner at home, a rented cubicle, or a table in a coffee shop. But an increasing number of people are considering a different workspace altogether: The coworking space.
Where you work matters, and coworking spaces are challenging conventional notions of where innovation and creativity come from. People are increasingly finding that great ideas flourish in the churn and activity of working alongside others. Across the country, collaborative workspaces like Affinity Lab, Indy Hall, Gangplank, NextSpace, and The Hub are prompting the rise of a new generation of entrepreneurs.
From a practical perspective, coworking seems perfect for independents: save money, beat the doldrums of isolation, and meet other organizations and startups. But it's the promise of innovation and community that makes it most appealing. With so many coworking spaces popping up— it can be difficult to make the right choices.
"Working in the UnOffice: A Guide to Coworking for Indie Workers, Small Businesses, and Nonprofits" is one of the first all-around guidebooks to coworking.
This packed edition chronicles the rise of coworking and the social and economic trends making it possible. Readers learn how to find and select the perfect space and master the art of adjusting to collaborative environments. It includes candid conversations and extensive interviews with 33 entrepreneurs and independents and 19 coworking space founders. Discover the secrets to "accelerated serendipity" as members and founders recount their experiences of how coworking became a driving force behind critical business decisions and breakthroughs.
What they're saying about it:
"The Lonely Planet of coworking guidebooks."
-- The Next Web
"A new overview on coworking and where it's headed..."
-- Fast Company, in "How to Get a Job in America"
"Joining a coworking space is obviously a necessary first step, but it's not enough to get the maximum benefit out of participating in the movement...if you want joining to really boost your career you need to approach your new workspace with a bit of networking savvy..."
-- GigaOM, in "3 Tips to Go from Coworking Newbie to Ninja"