Home is where the work gets done.

When Outspoke began we were a small squad working rather remotely around the coffee shops of Denver. Although we are still a tiny team today, we have gone through some wonderful but bittersweet changes in terms of our working environment. Growing with the flow of Colorado, we moved on to operate out of a coworking space, which happens to be a hot industry here in Denver. There are creative work spaces scattered all around the city from the arts district to the central downtown area. We managed to score a spot in a beyond amazing space in the heart of the Rino Arts District which we called home for about a year, and now our journey continues.

Rather than compare and contrast a previous working space to a new one, we want to focus on the idea of actually being a part of a collaborative atmosphere. For those who have not visited a coworking space they are typically set up with open area seating and a series of dedicated spaces. Dedicated spots can range from an actual office, to a nook or even just a desk alongside other community members. (The two photos below are examples from two of Denver’s collaborative spaces) For the most part they are very calm and welcoming environments, supporting a productive but comfortable work surrounding.Outspoker’s are not ones to be chained to a desk…even when we work from a desk. This is part of what makes a collaborative coworking spot much more conducive to how we function. You won’t catch us taking an elevator down from the 37th floor to find coffee, we’d prefer to just work across the street from some trusty Denver roasters. But when we do scurry over for a caffeine boost, there’s always a friendly face on the way out of the work building. Attaching ourselves with a creative community within one building has created not only work relationships but friendships that have flourished. That type of comfort is hard to come by in a stuffy office.

Outspoker’s are not ones to be chained to a desk…even when we work from a desk. This is part of what makes a collaborative coworking spot much more conducive to how we function. You won’t catch us taking an elevator down from the 37th floor to find coffee, we’d prefer to just work across the street from some trusty Denver roasters. But when we do scurry over for a caffeine boost, there’s always a friendly face on the way out of the work building. Attaching ourselves with a creative community within one building has created not only work relationships but friendships that have flourished. That type of comfort is hard to come by in a stuffy office.

Best part of working in a shared space: THE HUMANS.

The sheer amount of creativity and drive within a coworking space is inspiring on a daily basis. It is much easier to find motivation when you’re surrounded by it in human (sometimes dog) form. The diverse array of makers and companies is one thing, but add how each person is a passionate piece of their respective industry helps drive others around them to be the best version of themselves that they can. Interacting with the creative workplace crowd always leads to new knowledge and plenty of laughs all while establishing an even more positive energy around the office.

To mingle, or not to mingle?

Incorporating the value of other humans in your space is totally up to you. There’s always one coworking member who is either never in the building, or when they are, they really don’t interact with any of the community. Whatever floats your boat! But when you’re working in a literal creative incubator, you might as well make some friends. They can be very helpful if (and when) you need assistance with something in their field. Not only that, but from our experience with coworking neighbors, the only thing anyone wants out of helping someone else, is to help. There’s no aroma of competition surrounding it, just people working towards a goal as a team because they respect each other’s work and vision. For instance, there was a time a fellow coworker popped his head into our office asking a very simple question about Instagram. It took about 45 seconds of our time but he was so appreciative, he gave us one of his company’s products. The advice we gave truly only took a moment to explain but the nature of having someone selflessly assist you simply because they believe in you and your brand is a strong but rare community value.

We love our work spaces, old and new. But that doesn’t mean they are a good fit for everyone or every company. It is very easy to become distracted by all the excitement (and dogs again) plus the open area seating can feel a bit loose for a solid work space. We urge you to give a try! Most coworking spaces offer free test days so you can really get a feel for what it would be like to become a member. You never know, you may just love the creative nest environment.