What is Coworking?


Since the pandemic upended both our personal and professional lives, the buzz about coworking has gotten louder and louder. With the exponential rise of remote work, the need for coworking spaces has grown and is forecast to continue growing at a healthy pace. 


Simply put, coworking is a group of people of separate and sometimes disparate ages, professions, and positions sharing space and resources while working on their own separate and disparate projects and deliverables. 


It’s important to note that coworking spaces are not offsite bases for a specific company or profession. The individuals in any given coworking situation don’t share an employer and there is no organizational hierarchy. They are simply a group of people who choose to share space and resources to further their own professional agendas.  


Who is Coworking For?


In a word, everyone. Professionals, support staff, entrepreneurs, and creatives alike benefit from a coworking environment. 


Some people may feel that their profession is not “professional” enough to use coworking space. Absolutely not true! 


The coworking movement is 100% inclusive and the perfect solution for anyone who needs a place to “hang their hat” and get some work done. 


What’s Good About Coworking?


A lot! 


It fosters a sense of community. Just as your in-office coworkers become an important part of your life, so do the people you share your coworking space with.  As the pandemic has forced us into isolation against our wills, coworking allows us the in-person interaction with other people that we’ve missed so much, and that is so important for our collective mental health. 


Networking opportunities. Looking for a new job or opportunity? How about a new hiking partner or coffee date friend? You’ve got a built-in network of people to interact with. 


Accountability & Productivity. When you work from home, it’s way too easy to wander into the kitchen, sit down on the floor with the dog or cat, take a nap, or binge YouTube videos. In a coworking environment, your productivity is likely to increase as there is a clear delineation between “work” and “play”. Also, since you’re paying for your time in a coworking environment, it doesn’t make any sense to waste it on YouTube!


Getting Out of the House. It’s important for mental health not to hole up at home. When the pandemic first hit and everyone was stuck in the house, there was a huge increase in anxiety and depression. And with the rise of remote work, it’s still difficult for many people to find the amount of human interaction they need. Coworking provides the sense of normalcy, and community that is so important to our overall well-being.   


Practicality. If you’re a small business person and/or entrepreneur, you will occasionally need space to hold client meetings. Coworking offers a professional environment in which to interact with current and potential business. 


Flexibility. Are you up with the sunrise? Or more like the crack of noon? With coworking, it doesn’t matter. You can work on your own schedule, as coworking spaces are typically open and available for extended hours, many even 24/7. 

Perhaps most importantly, affordability. With several different levels of coworking spaces to choose from, there’s definitely a situation that will suit your needs and your budget. 


Where is Coworking Available In Maplewood? 


Right here with JZ Coworking, at 7185 Manchester Ave. Our brand-new space offers a variety of office sizes and locations, with more configurations in the works. 


Our coworking space includes private luxury suites, smaller offices, and shared workspaces. 


Tell us what your needs are and we’ll find the right solution for you!


Included in every coworking membership are the following extras: 


  • Fully and comfortably furnished workspaces
  • Access to color printers
  • Complimentary high-speed WiFi
  • Free parking
  • A full-service kitchen with free coffee and tea
  • Meeting space
  • Fitness facility
  • Security cameras
  • Keyless entry
  • Flexible leasing options


How Do I Sign Up for Coworking in Maplewood?


There are two options. 


First, give us a call at 314-449-6565 and schedule an appointment to tour the facility. We’ll go over your options and you can pick whatever is best for your situation. 


Second, do a virtual tour of all the spaces, and submit an online reservation for your office of choice. 


It’s that simple. 


But if you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask. We’re always happy to help and explain our services. 


We look forward to welcoming you to the JZ Coworking community!!


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Amela Bloom