With Workco, working remotely doesn’t have to be at home
BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (FOX 2) – John Mark Stahl is one of many to come out of a home office, but has yet to return to the office. He now finds a happy medium in a co-working space at Workco in Birmingham city center – which just opened this week
“I have been working in my basement for a year and a half,” he said. “I don’t necessarily want to go back to the office with my busy schedule. It just creates that flex that’s perfect.”
This is the flexibility that many workers are looking for.
“We’re closing our office – selling it – getting a smaller lease, so a lot of people will be further away,” said Tim White. “Some people like it, some don’t. Personally, I like having a place to go that is more like an office environment, more productive. So it works really well for me – but I see it’s a trend for a lot of people are moving forward. “
White traveled a lot for work. Tired of working from home, his new office is at Workco – even his son, Max, a student working as an intern, is there too.
“I do a lot more work here than at home,” said Max.
Co-working space has been gaining popularity for several years – it stagnated during Covid but is now making a comeback – with 6.3 million Americans expected to use co-working spaces by 2025.
“It’s a long-term plan for us,” said Emil Jakupovic.
Jakupovic founded Workco. It was not easy, delayed because of the pandemic. The opening this week comes just at the right time as many employees won’t be returning to the regular office, they are still working remotely – but want an alternative to working from home.
“We have seen a huge demand – even more than expected – we are already over 50% full and we just opened this week,” he said.
Workco also has a furniture gallery and a store selling two European lines – something a little different for a co-working space.
“I think the retail space really attracts people because it’s so beautiful, and then they realize that we are both a coworking space and a retail space. People are can’t wait to stop working from home, ”said Brooke Butler, community manager. and event coordinator.
“I think coworking spaces are going to be the wave of the future,” said Marcus Turner, Managing Director of Workco. “And to start building this wonderful community.”
After so many months of working remotely – alone – people say they are happy to have an office-like environment – and the proximity to the city center.
Members say it’s affordable, convenient – and with all the amenities – coworking is a great alternative to the home office.
“The Wi-Fi is better than at my place – the coffee is actually better than at my house – there are people to interact with, so everything is really cool,” said Tim White.
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