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Sharing your workspace is more than just sharing a workspace.
Initially, joining a co-working space was a question of separating my private life from my professional activity. Honestly, I could not durably imagine working at home where my children see me there but I’m not there, where the lawn mower has to stay in the garage even if it’s a sunny day, and Madame requires a short help for hanging curtains she just bought today – what do you think about the color?
Well, it first was a question of survival, but I could not neglect the financial aspect either: for 1/4th of the usual rented office price, I could benefit from a modern, fully equipped shared office, including free meeting rooms for inviting partners or customers.
Is that all about it? Let’s see …
Late 2014, coworking spaces were poping up like mushrooms in Lausanne. Bigger or smaller, each of them had its own color: developers group, bio-hacking, creatives and designers, Third World development … I first joined “La Muse Lausanne” on October 2014, after visiting a few of them. At this time, I was developing the Open Data Quality project. This space was looking business oriented, and benefited from a wide professional network thanks to the foundation that was managing it. Quite ideal for creating a start-up!
The group I joined was more than just a group. Several people, involved in similar adventures of starting a business, dynamic and open minded, make things happen. Even though each project was different.
When the place we were renting was about to be reassigned, we faced a new challenge: move or die.
Then the group, started acting as a team. We had to design our own coworking space, and we created this: www.worknshare.ch
Work’n’Share revealed itself, thanks to the variety of people, as a rich and consistent team, who set up a dynamic working environment. At Work’n’Share, you can meet a few developers, some designers, scientists, bike trek operators, a marketing agency, a HR specialist, a carpenter etc. Some are employees of overseas companies, some are freelancers, some run an established business. All of us working in the same space, with complicity and involvement, without competition. All of us sharing ideas and advices, sometimes solving problems together, in the most creative, sparkling environment I ever met.
Come and push the door, share your ideas, give your projects a chance! We’ll welcome you in this new adventure.
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