The origins of Desk Space
Where did it start?
Desk space is the modern alternative to coworking spaces which were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffeeshops and cafes, or in isolation in independent or home offices. What is desk space?
Desk Space is a work space which involves a shared working environment, in an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those using desk space are usually not employed by the same organization Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. Renting desk space is the social gathering of a group of business people, who are still working independently, but who share values,and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space. Why Desk space is so popular
A 2007 survey showed that many employees worry about feeling isolated and losing human interaction if they were to telecommute. Roughly a third of both private and public-sector workers also reported that they didn’t want to stay at home during work.
Desk space working offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, while at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home.
Business accelerators, business incubators and executive suites do not seem to fit into the desk space model, because they often miss the social, collaborative, and informal aspects of the desk space concept, which includes a focus on community giving a feeling of being part of a group although being independant of each other.