Friends are the family you choose for yourself.
So is a coworking space – unlike a regular workplace, which is just a case of luck.
A coworking space is also much more than just a place you go to in order to type away on your computer. A good coworking space is a community, people who take care of each other. A great coworking space feels like home — and not because you spend way too much time working.
I only joined sektor5 about half a year ago, but the connection I made has been pretty immediate. I’ve met a great variety of interesting people here. I fell head-first and heart-first into a community that, for the most part, genuinely supports each other. I’ve put my freelancer roots down here.
Coworking = Community.
For me, the community aspect consists of two parts. One is the fantastic sektor5 team, which I’ve been particularly luck to get to know rather quickly — after all, my wife is a part of that team. The other part are the people who sit scattered at various types of desks here.
You’d think that people who sit in the same space but don’t work on the same things would be a disparate bunch that doesn’t mesh, but it’s quite the contrary. Even though we all work on different things in different jobs, whether in teams or alone, at some point most of us come together in this communal space.
Maybe you’re getting a coffee in the lounge area and sticking around for a short chat with one person or eating your lunch with someone else. Or you’re sticking around for one of the many events and meetups and meet people there. Conversations happen and friendships are forged, often over years.
Coworking = Meeting the right right-for-you people
Even though I haven’t been around here very long (compared with some of the long-timers), the friendships I’ve begun to forge here are astonishing, built on a strong foundation and steadily growing.
I’ve connected with developers. I’ve chatted with startup people who have more unrelenting drive in their little finger than other people can muster in a lifetime. I’ve become friends with other marketers and we’ve given each others tipps.
If I’m stuck on something in WordPress, I can post to our sektor5 slack channel, and most probably someone in the space can help me out. If someone needs a tidbit of writing or marketing input, they know they can come to me. When I got stuck trying to figure out a very particular way to say something in English, my English desk mate and my Irish friend two desks over helped me figure out the intricacies.
Coworking = opportunities for collaboration and growth
Coworking is an especially great option for freelancers. In the right space and with the right community it can be full of opportunities even for paid work. Of course that’s never a guarantee and also has to do with a certain amount of luck and the networking you are ready to do. But for me, personally, it has seriously improved my position as a freelancer since I’ve met two new clients here.
It’s not just the paid work though. I have been incredibly lucky to meet people here who believe in me and who push me to be better every day. They constantly challenge me to go out of my comfort zone and improve. I wouldn’t have done my very first talk at the Freelancing in Vienna Meetup last week, if the people here hadn’t pushed me to do it.
The wonderful Floor Drees, Managing Director at sektor5, had complete confidence in my untested public speaking skills and even helped me prepare my talk. She also works relentlessly to foster women in programming and connect up-and-coming developers with the right companies. So, as you can see, sektor5 also fits my feminist world view perfectly.
sektor5 is where I go to get work done. sektor5 is where I go to socialise with awesome/funny/hilarious/experienced/successful/motivated/… people sektor5 is where I have found people who believe in me an extraordinary lot. sektor5 is where I am part of a community that is full of support.
sektor5 is my freelancer home.