Better Together: The Rise of the Coworking Space

Coworking is the creation of inspiring, collaborative, and community driven workspaces that are drawing independent professionals out of their home offices, and into a creative and welcoming work environment. Running your business in a shared space has many advantages. Typically, the reduced overhead cost is the driving factor. A monthly membership costs significantly less than a professional would pay for a traditional office lease, and the perks that go along with it are invaluable.

Coworking Space provides professionals with similar interests the chance to meet in a more informal setting. It's a fantastic source for referrals and is an excellent way to network with other professionals who provide free services. The best part is that it lets independent professionals be free of the confines of their home Some provide 24/7 access.

There are already over a dozen coworking spaces scattered across downtown. MakeWorks, located on College Street near Dufferin, is a 10,000 sqft creative studio surrounding by boutiques and bars. Their members are a mix of hardware start-ups, designers, developers and freelancers. MakeWorks is also known as Canada's leading shared research and development lab. Members can create their own prototypes and electronics all under one roof. Additional hands-on resources include 3D printing, ceramics and woodworking.