OfficeLinks is a provider of (from their website) "all-inclusive, furnished and equipped office space." They have 3 locations in New York and recently opened space in Chicago.
I've never been in their facilities, but their space looks very cool. I'm also impressed by their blog and they have a nice brochure pitching their Chicago space, cleverly called The 21st Century Office.
Because they are provider of office suites, they aren't considered a coworking facility. Or at least they aren't considered a coworking facility by people in the coworking field.
OfficeLinks recently announced a coworking program that sounds very, well, coworking-like. From their website:
"OfficeLinks, the premier provider of ready-to-use offices and meeting rooms, today announced the launch of its latest product, Co-Working Offices. This innovative product is designed to reduce office space costs while providing enterprise-grade technology and workplace infrastructure that enables and inspires collaboration. Interested companies may try Co-Working Free on Fridays at OfficeLinks' locations in Chicago and New York."
They go on to say this about the coworking trend:
"Co-working is an emerging trend that offers work-at-home professionals, independent consultants and those who travel frequently, a business-ready alternative to coffee shops and cafes. Co-working also provides a viable solution to the isolation experienced by many telecommuters. Additionally, the social and collaborative nature of such spaces can generate positive synergies not found in independent or home-based offices."
A pretty good description. But all the cool kids know you don't hyphenate coworking:).
The new OfficeLink coworking program illustrates the blurring and overlapping of traditional office suites and coworking facilities. As we've gotten deeper into to our coworking research, we've come to realize how much this is happening.
Incubators are also offering coworking-like spaces and programs. And, of course, coworking facilities are providing alternatives to incubators and traditional office suites.
Coworking's success is leading to competition, new types of coworking spaces and new forms of shared work environments. The market is working and more choice is being offered to those seeking work space.