8 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Benefits of co-working space in Lagos cannot be exhausted. In a bit, you will see the 8 benefits of co-working space in Lagos. After which, we believe you will embrace the idea of co-working spaces and immediately start using them.
To understand this 21st century, there is need to go to the days when a coin is worth more than the current Naira; where having a respectable, legal paid job means staying in a “Self-contained” typical office.
We are however, in a new era where beliefs,traditional orientations have been upgraded, updated and changed to suit the people of this 21st century. All thanks to technological advancements and scientific efficiencies.
A legal business man has to leave home very early and return(late) at night- like it’s the norms in Ipinle Eko!, missing dinner if possible.
I am currently in “luck” of a job, because my siblings still worship that traditional belief which holds ideally that a legal business man has to leave home very early and return(late) at night- like it’s the norms in Ipinle Eko!, missing dinner if possible. When I could be making more sufficient, legal amount of money working at home without all the stress of an employer job.
So, for a typical Nigerian or African, work-at-home is not a serious business: which I believe is why self-independent workers and freelancers find a place totally different from the home to work. Hence, the invention of “Co-working” originally termed; “coworking” (to describe people working together in any environment).
Co-working is the style of work that involves two or more people using, sharing or jointly, mutually using a portion of an office space that has been physically divided with each individual or collaborative group using(renting) a space to carry out his/her own independent activities (freelance writers, designers, etc.) and research (scientists), etc. Note that sometimes, co-workers are colleagues from the same organization or company but most importantly Office space sellers target Freelancers’.
Lagos state is one of the few places in Nigeria where Co-working is rampant; a “why” that can be answered apart from the fact that Lagos state is a business hub. A state that has some of the country’s largest, leading and top notch companies if not possessing the highest number of such companies.
8 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
#1 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
One of the things work-at-home individuals and self-independent entrepreneurs face is distraction from family members, friends, neighbors, mosques and churches, and the rest of them. Therefore, the need to find a less distracting; quiet and creatively supporting environment. This need for escape, has resulted in many paying for a space shared with other people to aid creativity and research.
#2 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Reduced cost of staffing and production
Also, co-working in a Nigerian state like Lagos helps to reduce the cost of production, staffing including effectively maintaining a business, company or organization. Co-working helps to locate a business in a profitable environment with less cost that would have been required to build one in the absence of shared spaces to occupy.
#3 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Ready networking opportunity
Co-working eliminates isolation for freelancers. Co-working helps them to work in the midst of people who share the same value with them. This also aids in networking in attempt to promoting their businesses and services.
#4 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Opportunity for Symbiotic relationships
Co-working is a symbiotic style of work in the sense that everyone; freelancers, businesses, company or organization benefits from one another. A bank located in the same building, shared office or space as a mall will enjoy more bank or ATM transactions than others miles away from it.
#5 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Co-working also serves as a better alternative to working in restaurants, coffee shops, bars and clubs, etc.
#6 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Low rental cost, thus affordable
Co-working also serves as a great space or office for online marketing and Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to carry out effectively their startup businesses at an affordable price – which then foster rapidly growing start up community. Especially in a state like Lagos where the youths are developing more interest in online marketing businesses and self-independent startups.
#7 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Access to facilities and Complementary services
Most companies, businesses and SMEs are involved in the style of shared offices or co-working. The space, equipment and facilities they can enjoy when they can’t make such available is the main attraction.
#8 Benefits of co-working space in Lagos
Collaboration and assistance in project when needed.
Large corporations, companies, organization often use “co-working” when they have a great deal of people involved in a project. And as a result, have exhausted the spaces available in their respective companies or for board meetings and conferences.
Typical features of co-working facilities include:
- Shared work spaces
- 24/7 access to the office or work space
- Communal printers/copiers/fax
- Shared kitchens, reception, receptionist, restroom and lounges, delivery service, and lots of complementary services.
The list goes on based on the pocket of the intended Shared spaces users.
While some shared spaces or offices could be managed by a non-government organization, who only charge users for maintenance.
In Lagos state, the importance and need for an increase in the number of co-working centres can’t be over emphasized. And like many developed countries; London, Australia, India, United States of America, that have provided co-working centres around their countries to inspire and motivate independent entrepreneurs and scientists: Nigerian governments can also invest in this greatly to encourage indigenous, talented and hardworking; independent entrepreneurs and scientists who are currently being hindered by so many factors. Part of which includes; traditional mental stereotype attached with work-at-home, inadequate or non-availability of capital, difficulties in accessing equipment, space and facilities that can aid creativity, intelligence and research; which could be adequately managed to better set Lagos state apart economically and even the country as a whole.
There is also a great need for Nigerian independent entrepreneurs, SMEs and similar others to be given adequate orientation on what co-working is and its benefits.
Co-working, I believe should be made available to aid youth empowerment widely clamored for by citizens and professional economists.