I always see a lot of posts asking about co working spaces to visit in cities that I have been to. And it’s no surprise that after Airbnb for accommodation also plenty of sites have popped up for Coworking such as Copass or paste any other co working site here.
During my stay in Milano, I also lurked around to find some proper co working spaces. But lots of these spaces are overpriced, out of the way or simply don’t offer much value. In the end, you are just looking for a cool place to work from without spending so much money. When I travel I try to visit a coworking space at least once. But when the commute is more than 20 minutes or so, I just head to cafe considering that most people I meet in coworking spaces are not nomads like myself. There are a lot of beta-ish sites with too few listings on the web that you can browse such as workfrom.co, cafes.io, cafes4nomads.com, deskzero.co and wificafeguide.com. I don’t understand why they just don’t work together on the whole plan. We NEED a more community based approach like hitchwiki!
Anyways, to make a long-story short. I cancelled the co-working spaced contract and went back to working from home and cafes. I figured its better to spend that money on going to the gym which is more expensive if you don’t take a yearly contract!
Why you should not use a co-working space? Because cafes are:
- More Social
- Provide service (they bring you coffee and food)
- Located in better spots
- not so lonely
However, co-working spaces can be a melting pot of great ideas and cool place to network. Just not my cup of tea!