Both can definitely succeed. But they’re quite different, and both have pros and cons!
In broad strokes, from what I’ve learned in the last several years:
Urban coworking tend to benefit from density and infrastructure. People leave their homes out of a mix of necessity (too small to live and work in the same place) and lifestyle.
But urban settings can be more expensive, and people can be more competitive by nature.
Rural coworking spaces tend to benefit from lower costs and community-oriented social norms. People congregate and the pace of life encourages people to know more people in their communities. But it can be much harder to find/reach people who aren’t actively seeking workspace, or give them a good enough reason to leave their spacious homes.
Either way, building community first will give you a sense of who is there and the best way to bring them together!
On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 5:34 AM, Aditi [email protected] wrote:
I just joined and am thinking of setting up a coworking space someday.
I need to ask you all, what do you think is a better location for a coworking space? Is it better to be in the middle of a city or somewhere nicer, surrounded by nature.
I personally would like the second one but it turns out that most of the coworking spaces in my country are in big cities. That may be because of the lack of good internet connectivity in other places. But if we ensure good connectivity, is there any other reason why people would prefer cities to open a coworking space?
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