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One of coworking’s greatest strengths is the diversity of thought and perspective that happens when people come together to work. Since I started coworking two years I’ve learned some vital new skills like updating websites, making accurate financial projections, and understanding how certain online ad systems work that have made my businesses run more efficiently. The funny thing is I never took a class or went through a tutorial, but instead casually taught myself from blog posts and general poking around online, but also learned a lot from all of the friendly and smart coworkers around me. When I got stuck on a problem or confused there was someone that was willing to explain it or show me a better alternative. This has made coworking an invaluable resource and a support system to me as a small business.

I don’t want you to think that this means people will be constantly asking everyone questions while trying to work. No, the learning just naturally happened over lunch or regular conversation, and is a major benefit when compared to working from home or the coffee shop. This learning isn’t a one-way street either, as I’ve had the opportunity to show coworkers databases I use for market research or methodologies in learning how customers. It’s a fun and rewarding way to learn and help other business grow.

I don’t know where my business would be if I wasn’t part of a coworking company, but I’m confident I wouldn’t know how to build a modern sexy website or be a spreadsheet wizard without it’s support system of learning.

-Craig Baute