Coworking and large companies: a perfect pairing.

Companies are incorporating coworking into their business strategies in two ways.

While the coworking movement has its origins among freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the tech industry, it’s increasingly relevant for a broader range of people and businesses. Coworking can actually become a part of your company’s strategy, and it can help your workers – and your organization – flourish.

First, they’re being used as an alternative place for people to work. City Office has seen an increase in the use of the space by larger organizations that want to remain innovative. City Office and other coworking spaces provide companies another space to meet the customers where they are – which is extremely important in gaining an edge over their competitors. Organizations are also utilizing coworking space to allow their distributed workers space to be more productive and focused than they are in public spaces like coffee shops. Some organizations are able to attract better talent who demand flexible workplaces and hours.

Over the last decade, workplace flexibility has become an important focus of many working people — especially millennials, who are now the nation’s largest generation in the workforce, according to Pew Research. Millennials are increasingly demanding flexible work schedules to achieve a better work-life balance. Spending time away from the office at a coworking space can also spark new ideas.

Second, the lessons of coworking spaces can be applied to corporate offices. It’s important for organizations to encourage flexibility and support for their mobile workforce, but it is equally important to create the right kind of work environment inside the walls – but this doesn’t just mean creating open plan layouts or adding a coffee bar. Many companies are increasingly adopting the practice of providing seats in shared settings, used for either collaborative or quiet work. 

Many companies are also trying to enable connections, and help people to interact and build community outside of work meetings – and they are looking to coworking spaces for guidance. Many coworking spaces, like City Office regularly offer networking events, training programs, social events.

Some companies are even taking it to the next level – the founders of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rich Sheridan and James Goebel, recently expanded their office space by 7,000 square feet to allow start-ups and early stage entrepreneurs to work alongside Menlo programmers to spur community and innovation.

Written by Neena Hogle, City Office – Bay City, MI 48708

Working from Home Isn’t As Amazing As You Think

The idea of working from home is simply divine. Get all of your work done without the distraction of the office! Stay on track with housework! Squeeze in some “me” time!

But silence can be deafening.  Blissful aloneness can begin to feel, well… lonely. We love the freedom that telecommuting gives people, but here are some of the reasons why entrepreneurs, remote workers, and digital nomads are choosing coworking communities as their preferred workspace. 

1.The PJ Paradox

We hear “I can work in my PJs!” a lot. Absolutely.  And you should…sometimes. But too much of a good thing can quickly become too much of a good thing.  Soon just leaving the house can feel like a chore, and loads of laundry and other household chores distract the PJ-loving business professional away from their work. 

2. The Business Relationship Divide

Like it or not, humans need to see each other. Face-to-tace meetings are critical in building a long-term business relationship, and fostering the connections that lead to professional growth.

3. Magic Happens in the Moment

Everybody can think back to a time that an amazing idea was sparked out of a conversation with a friend or coworker.  Ideas evolve over coffee. Skipping out on the opportunity to think through ideas with like-minded individuals is priceless, and not an option in your bathrobe. 

Coworking Communities and Digital Nomads

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Welcome to the world of Digital Nomads


Several members of the City Office community consider themselves Digital Nomads

From Wikipedia, “Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.  Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, coworking spaces, or recreational vehicles.  This is often accomplished through the use of devices that have wireless Internet capabilities such as smartphones or mobile hotspots.

The term Digital Nomad was coined by Dr. Tsugio Makimoto and David Manner in 1997 in their co-authored book, which predicted that in 10 years time, inevitable changes in attitudes, technology, and communication would lead to a change in the way people work.  Dr. Makimoto said, 

“The 21st century will be the millennium which resurrects for humans a dilemma which has been dormant for 10,000 years- humans will be able to ask themselves: “Am I a Nomand or a Settler?”

As Makimoto and Manners predicted, as technology has become more affordable, the human’s natural urge to move has led to more and more people working remotely and joining the digital nomad community.  

The rise in coworking communities have also contributed to the lifestyle’s rise in popularity. 

4.8 Million and Rising


Coming in from all ages and backgrounds, 4.8 million american workers describe themselves today as digital nomads. They include web developers, virtual assistants, writers, marketers, online teachers, web and graphic designers. Digital Nomad communities exist online to find jobs, connect with like-minded individuals, and lend support to each other.

Why? Freedom.  The flexibility to shape their work/life schedules, the natural urge to travel, valuing experiences over things.  

One member said, “I chose to become digital nomad because it allowed me to structure my own day and to gain experience and acquire the skills required to run your own business as opposed to plug-in for somebody else.”

Meet Marjo!

Meet Marjo Morden.   “A Thumb Kid” from Ubly, after graduating from Michigan Tech (Go Huskies!) she worked as recruiter and in the admissions department of Michigan Tech. After moving to the East Bay outside of San Francisco, Marjo started her first business, Oh for Pet Sakes where she grew her business as a behavioral dog trainer and dog walker. (The dream!) She returned back to her home state in 2017 to be closer to family and friends, and hit the ground running in the Bay County business community. She has helped paint murals, created a directory of LGBT-friendly organizations across Mid-Michigan, and has developed and maintained several small business websites and social media business accounts.

In addition to being a marketing guru and all around good kid, Marjo writes for an online publication called “Route Bay City”. One of her articles in January featured a brand new modern coworking community opening in Downtown Bay City called City Office…. 

As the heart of our community, Marjo will make sure our ship sails smoothly. She is here to assist our members, grow our coworking community, and develop and deliver impactful networking events. 

Marjo is smart as a whip and delightfully easy to talk to, but we can’t get enough of her unbelievably positive attitude and contagious smile! If you haven’t met her yet, come in to say hello! We can’t wait for you to meet her!

6 Easy Ways to Understand and Explain Coworking!

1. Coworking memberships are like gym memberships for business professionals, except they are for your business rather than your body. 
Coworking memberships provide all of the tools a member needs to be successful. And, just like a gym membership, your business will get stronger the more you go!

2. Coworking offices are your office. 
You have “coworkers”. There is a person making sure your clients are greeted at the door, and there is coffee on demand. 

3. Coworking offices offer a social atmosphere and sense of community. (with a printer!)
Coworkers have all the freedoms of working from home plus a social atmosphere and sense of community. Like a coffee shop with no guilt about holding a table all day!

4. Coworking provides a space to connect with other business professionals. (Usually in other industries!) 
Coworkers work on their own thing, but around other trusted individuals. This works beautifully for sharing ideas and brainstorming.

5. Coworking spaces are a GREAT place to host meetings. 
Coworking spaces often have conference rooms available to rent to the public or members of the coworking community. (No more meet in loud/public coffee shops!)

6. Coworking spaces are an office space inside an office space!
Many coworking communities offer private office spaces. Lockable/private office space! With all utilities included! With a built-in network of professionals! With free coffee and a person welcoming your guests! With people to talk to when you need a break!