Coworking is reinventing the world of work. The coworking and flexible workspace industry is growing at rapid rates. According to some estimates, there could be up to 37,000 Coworking spaces worldwide by the end of 2018. You can find entrepreneurs, freelancers, mobile workers, consultants etc. working and meeting in these spaces. Coworking spaces such as The Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto have been around since 2004 and there are more independently owned spaces popping up everywhere including suburban areas and smaller cities & towns. Coworking has become a symbol of community, connectivity, efficiency, and networking. Not to mention it’s a cheaper alternative than renting or leasing a traditional office space. Most importantly, they are dismantling loneliness. People need a sense of belonging if they are not working in a traditional office environment. Join Charlotte Kirby from The Village Hive in Markham to learn more about the coworking movement, where to find a coworking space or how to start your own space.
Charlotte Kirby is the owner/founder of the first coworking space in Markham. She previously worked for the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care and Markham Stouffville Hospital. When she decided to go out on her own and start a consulting business she found that working from home was a little lonely and isolating. The distractions of dishes, laundry, cleaning and dinner were making it difficult to focus. After a visit to a coworking space in Toronto, she began to dream of having a space in Markham where other consultants and entrepreneurs could work in a beautiful space close to home and connect with each other. In 2016 she started The Village Hive in Markham in a beautiful old schoolhouse she had driven by countless times. The schoolhouse had always fascinated her and she felt drawn to it. When the For Lease sign came up, she stopped her car and the rest is now history! She is now operating her space, helping others open their own spaces and still doing some work in health care consulting, but not from home alone.