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Ada Njemanze: Co-working Spaces Are Here to Stay

Ada Njemanze

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Th co-working space concept is currently on a fast pace;  and to most entrepreneurs who are just starting out, it is a fantastic and welcome step of their growth. Co-working offices are designed as workspaces for freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business/corporate teams to work together in a communal space.
The first co-working space is credited to a San Francisco entrepreneur Brad Neuberg with “the idea to combine the independence of freelancing with the structure and community of an office space” and also coined the term “co-working” and since then it has evolved rapidly over the years to become a movement over 10,000 co-working spaces worldwide.
In an era where entrepreneurs and small business owners are getting bolder and increasing rapidly, co-working offices have become the new norm.

Presently in Nigeria, between Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja cities it has become an increasing phenomenon, with most co-working offices built to different styles of comfort and accessibility easily created to help freelancers and start-up organisations.

As a business owner, one of the key factors in a business is getting an office space, this becomes very difficult for business owners with little or no capital. Most co-working space offer affordable prizes and the basic office essentials like Wi-Fi, conference spaces, audio/visual capabilities, reception services. Kitchen/lunch room and an official mailing address, so why not register to belong to one of these co-working communities.

The co-working space has created an avenue for flexibility towards office use and being on-the-go. They offer shared spaces and private offices for business owners with small teams at different rates.

I have visited several co-working offices, and as a small business owner it makes getting out of bed every morning worth the trip especially not just for “leaving the house sake” but the business exposure and social nature they have been set up to encourage. It also beats working from bed and binge watching Law & Order.

One of the most important viewpoint of co-working environment is creating room for collaboration and interaction with other business owners. This gives way for potential business relationships to evolve, avenue to network with others and better productivity.

The co-working space and its community is here to stay, giving more power and control to entrepreneurs and business owners providing an inexpensive platform for growth, interaction and collaboration towards development and innovation.

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Ada Njemanze is a Public Relations & Communications Consultant with NOVVA Media & Communications. She is an avid reader, music lover and a serial entrepreneur. She is passionate about societal development and empowerment especially involving children, widows and yes, public relations.

6 Comments

  1. Som

    October 2, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I love coworking spaces! But I’m really disappointed that the article neglected to mention any at all or make recommendations for good coworking spaces.

  2. seyiakano

    October 2, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Why do I feel like this article could have been great, but left a whole lot hanging and ended up being a little less than great. So, yes there’s an increased awareness of Co-working spaces and there are phenomenal benefits of signing up in one for lots of teeming entrepreneurs. You could still help us with a sequel that perhaps profiles a few of these spaces around the country …

    • Ada Njemanze

      Ada Njemanze

      October 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Seyiakano and Som, thanks for reading. Your feedback has been noted so I would work towards a sequel which will include the profiles as requested.

  3. Dazzy

    October 2, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Lovely article… very enlightening.

  4. TMac

    October 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    There are a couple of CoWorking Spaces that I know on the mainland and Island.The likes of MusterPoint Coworking Space and eespace located in Ogba axis of the mainland. Yaba also have some good ones also like leadspace. There is capital square and venia hub in Lekki. V.I has cranium one to mention a few

  5. Loft Fisher

    October 5, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Good article but could have been better. I’ve personally worked out of many coworking spaces, and believe me, many are crappy, bad internet, power goes off for 30 minutes attimes. But Venia Business Hub at Lekki is my new stay now, and they tick every box; from great customer service to great internet, nice support and business advisory services especially accounting, graphics design, hr, etc. and uninterrupted power supply. I will recommend them any day any time. Some said I should try out CCHub at Yaba too, that they have crazy superfast internet. Can anyone verify this please? But for now, I think I will keep using Venia Business Hub.

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