7 Characteristics Of Great Coworking Spaces

Coworking Spaces

It’s estimated that more than 1m people now work in 14 thousand coworking spaces around the globe and the trend become increasingly popular.

Linda Trim, Director at FutureSpace, a co-working joint venture between Investec Property and workplace specialists Giant Leap with two offices in Sandton, said: “The coworking phenomenon is driven by a combination of the freedom the Internet affords workers and full offices facilities at a much lower cost than traditional space.”

But what makes a winning coworking space?


Most companies don’t need an entire building or even the whole floor. “Coworking is a chance to reduce operational costs by finding a coworking place that offers all the facilities of an office for much less than an office.” In South Africa, coworking offices cost 30 to 50% less than traditional offices. 


A very important decision driver is location. You don’t want to spend too much time commuting, while it’s also good to have a position close to potential clients and major business hubs. Being close to shops is also useful. 


You can’t fully understand the nature of a coworking space until you spend some time there, but you can get a feel of the ambience immediately. Said Trim:”Try to choose a place where you and your colleagues can feel at home.” Most people feel more relaxed in coworking spaces due to the general atmosphere of well-being and stress-free environment.


A great atmosphere often comes as the result of a coherent community. Some of the best coworking places attract likeminded people that establish good relationships. Many coworking spaces hold learning and social events which helps build a sense of community. 

All the equipment

A coworking space must have every piece of equipment you need in everyday work such as printers and copy machines. Of course, stable and high-speed Internet connection is mandatory, as well as landline telephones. 

Conference rooms

Most of the time, clients and business associates won’t mind having a meeting at coworking places. However, sometimes it is necessary to provide them with a more peaceful room and hold an appointment without external disturbances. Said Trim: “For this reason, a good coworking space must have several conference rooms. They are also useful for established companies that want to hold offsite meetings.”

Food and coffee station

Everyone needs a break in the workplace. “A thoughtful coworking space should offer  not only great coffee and food but also a to relaxing place to really enjoy the pause and forget about professional duties for a while,” said Trim. 

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