Watching collaborations happen is the most rewarding part of of being the Community Manager at Local Works. We’ve only been up and running since June, but we already have a strong community and everyone in the space enjoys a sense of comradery. The environment is prime for organic collaboration with very little need for contrived or forced interaction. Creative ideas come from creative spaces. I can honestly say that two of our coworkers realized an opportunity to work together in the time I’ve sat down to write this post.
What becomes really fun is adding new elements into the mix. Every first Friday of the month we’ve gotten to witness what happens when you introduce a fresh group of excited entrepreneurs into an already existing ecosystem of collaborations, relationships, conversations, and ideas. Our “Free Coworking Friday” promotion has introduced over twenty-five local start up and small business owners to coworking in Charleston over the last month. It’s been a wonderful experiment! Not only have the people participating benefited from coming into Local Works and using the space, the community has gained new members and new perspectives.
While this Free Friday experiment has been groundbreaking and beneficial to those involved here at Local Works, coworking itself is not experimental at all. According to DeskMag, there are 583 coworking spaces in the US alone. After recently attending a coworking conference, I was shocked to find that a majority of the spaces in the Southeast have a wait list and are in the process of looking for more square footage.
Free Coworking Friday’s have been an impetus for growth during the early stages of Local Works and it’s been a pleasure to take part in this exciting experiment. But, as the elements change and the chairs fill, it may not be a sustainable approach to cultivating the community. If you want to take part in the energetic buzz of coworking in Charleston, be sure to spend a Friday with us while it’s still an option! Come out and be a part of the community!
Try out coworking to see if it’s right for you
Free Coworking Fridays @ Local Works every First Friday of the month
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**Lowcountry Local First is filling a much-needed niche in Charleston’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem by developing Local Works, an open-sector coworking space in the creative corridor at 1630-2 Meeting Street. Local Works is a low cost, professional, open coworking space where local businesses can thrive in a creative and collaborative environment. The 3,000 square foot facility will complement existing tech-sector spaces that are already up-and-running in Charleston. Local Works will give tenants an opportunity for engagement and growth through member-hosted events, marketing tutorials, connecting to capital/funding, meet-up groups, and other networking opportunities. Ongoing services will also be offered such as business mentor pairing, face-time with successful entrepreneurs for Q&A/brainstorming sessions, workshops, and easy collaboration.