Networking is one of the biggest buzzwords in business right now. As a freelancer or start-up entrepreneur, however, networking can be easier said than done. The social benefits of coworking spaces seem fairly self-evident. Rather than sitting alone in your home office, you can be in an office setting chatting and making friends. According to deskmag.com, 77% of coworkers socialize with at least some of the people from their facility outside of work, while 27% socialize with almost all.

Networking in a coworking space may seem slightly less viable. The anxiety is clear. Because coworking spaces cater to a variety of businesses and individuals, there is no guarantee that you will meet people at your coworking location who can help advance your business. So, exactly what type of people use coworking spaces? Deskmag.com suggests that on average, coworkers are 34 years old, but range increasingly younger and older. Now, one-twelfth of coworkers are over 50. Impressively, 75% of coworkers have at least a university degree, and 1/3 of them are earning above the average salary for their country. In short, coworkers range from just starting out to highly experienced, but they are highly educated and tend to be highly successful.

It is unsurprising, then, that on average coworkers reported meeting 3.6 helpful new business contacts in just the two months preceding the survey. This may help to explain why 38% of coworkers reported an increase in income after they joined a coworking space. Many coworking spaces also host events, both for members and open to the public, that increase networking opportunities. The majority (21%) of coworking venues offer two events per month, but some host ten or more per month, giving ample opportunities to interact with both coworkers and fresh faces. And, deskmag.com suggests that coworkers are taking advantage of these opportunities. 84% of coworkers reported attending events, on average 1.8 events per month. Additionally, opportunities may exist for networking across multiple coworking venues. 83% of coworking spaces reported that they interact with other regional and local coworking offices.

*Statistics taken from the second global coworking survey conducted by deskmag.com.

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