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More people are veering away from the traditional corporate culture and becoming their own bosses. While there’s great freedom in running a business or freelancing, there are drawbacks as well. It can feel lonely and overwhelming to work on your own. It is also easy to fall into unhealthy work habits when there are no rules to follow.

That is where shared offices come in. Our Brick & Mortar locations allow for meaningful workplace connections and provide just enough structure while leaving plenty of room for flexibility. At our coworking locations in Park Ridge and Deerfield, IL, you can meet passionate individuals, develop meaningful workplace connections, and work on your goals at your own pace.

What Is a Shared Office Space?

A shared office or coworking space is a professional work environment open to people from various companies and backgrounds. There is a prominent social element to it. You can think of it as a collaboration hub where people can bounce ideas off each other and explore new perspectives. It is ideal for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers looking for an inspiring work community.

Another hallmark of a coworking space is the shared amenities. Because everything is communal, members share the cost of maintaining the office space. That explains why more companies leave their traditional headquarters and turn to shared office spaces. They get to enjoy high-quality facilities while cutting overhead costs.

Why Should You Work in a Shared Office?

If you are tired of working from home and need a change of pace, you can rent a shared office at Brick & Mortar. We have coworking spaces in Park Ridge and Deerfield, IL, and will soon open locations in Glen Ellyn, La Grange, and Arlington Heights.

There are countless benefits to enjoy, including the following:

Professional Environment

If you’re trying to build rapport with potential clients, it’s harder to do so if you work from home or in a cafe. You’re limited to virtual meetings, which can dilute the richness of the experience. It can help to have a professional environment where you can meet face-to-face. At Brick & Mortar, you can discuss matters within a focused workplace and make a great first impression.

Coworking spaces also help employees develop a professional identity. Reporting to a workplace can give them a sense of legitimacy and professionalism. They will view their work more seriously and become more productive. That is harder to achieve if they work from home all day in their pajamas. In addition, employees will feel like you care for their needs when you provide coworking memberships.

Access to State-of-the-Art Amenities

There’s a sense of accomplishment when you have an office in a fancy building. But the flip side of that is endless spending. The first step is to invest in office furniture and equipment, including desks, chairs, printers, and projectors. Then you have to pay for maintenance or repairs in case of breakdowns. That’s on top of the monthly rent, utilities, and payroll. You can significantly cut overhead costs by renting a shared office instead.

At Brick & Mortar, your team has access to state-of-the-art facilities. You can choose your own memory-controlled sit/stand desk. There’s also high-speed fiber internet, so you can work efficiently and stay on top of deadlines. In addition, our conference rooms have top-of-the-line video conferencing and presentation tools to aid you in your sales pitches. There’s even free-flowing coffee to help you focus and celebratory beer at the end of the day.

Coworking Shared Desks

Work Flexibility

The best part of remote work is the flexibility. Employees appreciate it when they can control their schedule and will be less likely to take time off or leave. Renting a shared office doesn’t sacrifice that freedom. Your team can work remotely most days and meet for team-building activities or critical meetings. Brick & Mortar locations are near transportation systems, so your team can easily access them.

We also have flexible memberships to support your needs, whether you’re looking for a workplace for a day or a more permanent arrangement. You can also tweak your membership if you add or downsize your team.

Sense of Community

Having a solid company culture fosters inclusivity, teamwork, and employee engagement. And when employees are happy, they are more productive. But it is hard to develop a company culture when everyone is in their own work bubble at home. Remote work limits employee interactions to virtual meetings, leaving little room to establish workplace beliefs and behaviors.

Shared offices reintroduce a sense of community back to remote teams. At Brick & Mortar, your employees can form deeper relationships and improve how they work together. They can also see first-hand how their contributions help achieve organizational goals. That will give them a greater sense of purpose and keep them motivated.

Come Sign Up at Brick & Mortar

Renting a coworking shared office space helps solve the challenges of remote work. You gain access to a professional space with complete amenities. It also provides the same opportunities for interaction and collaboration as traditional workplaces while maintaining work flexibility. There is no pressure to report to work daily at a fixed time. You also don’t have to worry about committing to a long-term lease you can’t afford.