The Benefits of Female-Only Coworking Spaces and Trips - Eleanor's Place
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Female-only coworking spaces, retreats, and trips are popping up in cities around the world. As more women enter the workforce through self-employment and flexible work arrangements, the importance of female-only spaces and trips becomes more evident. Women are taking advantage of these new online-offline communities that provide an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow female professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as a space to feel inspired, productive, and confident.
These women-only spaces and networks are becoming a driving force for connectivity, creativity, and inspiration, providing women with a place to focus on their businesses and expanding their networks. Despite the fact that in the last few decades the number of female-run businesses increased by 68%, female entrepreneurs are still disadvantaged. Social expectations and mentorship are major hurdles to success for women and these spaces and trips provide them with an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, expanding their networks in the process.
Many women thrive from social interactions—a friendly smile in the morning, a quick chat over a cup of coffee. More than that though, the community aspect of female-only spaces and trips has been a major differentiator from standard coworking spaces and corporate settings. These communities enable participants to feel truly connected and provide a sense of solidarity that builds confidence, as well as a healthy environment to share and reflect on professional and personal development.
Meeting like-minded women through these spaces and trips, provide women with an opportunity to learn and collaborate on a new level and network with other women experiencing similar situations. When women are surrounded by leaders like themselves in these settings they feel inspired rather than the need to be competitive. It’s challenging to feel this when surrounded by mostly male leaders and CEOs.
Female-only spaces and trips are being developed with women in mind and cater to the many needs of today’s women.
Female-Only Coworking Spaces
Coworking spaces for women offer countless perks that are more than just free coffee and tea. These spaces are a safe, trusted place to work and often offer a full range of flexible amenities like: gyms on-site, daycare on-site, blowout bars, dry cleaning drop-off, meal delivery, and more.
These women-only spaces are designed and furnished with an eye to inspire and encourage. Standard coworking and corporate environments are oftentimes filled to the brim with desks and consist of more male-dominated perks. These female-only spaces are bright and airy with warm colors and comfortable seating. You can feel that inspiration is always at the heart of what they provide. The spaces give women a place to collaborate, create, and be productive, away from home and male-dominated coworking spaces.
Female-only coworking spaces also provide organic ways to network and meet other women entrepreneurs, as well as a great calendar of events focused on collaboration and career growth. Almost half of female entrepreneurs feel a lack of mentorship, which is a major concern in their growth. Finding and connecting with other women at various stages of their careers provides women the chance to develop these relationships.
Coworking Retreats or Trips for Women
Female-only coworking trips provide many of those benefits and more. The communities meet in amazing locations around the world to inspire and rejuvenate women. These programs take care of the planning so the women can explore. Some, like Behere’s, include a focus on professional development, community involvement, and even extras such as fitness memberships and local entrepreneur events, to ensure you’re connecting with the local community as well.
Providing this infrastructure and community enables women to step out of their comfort zones and gain more creativity and productivity from their new environment. Further, the connections made through these experiences with like-minded women foster creative environments and often develop into amazing collaborations.
Women worldwide are realizing the importance of female-only communities, trips, and coworking spaces. These new environments can provide inspiration, collaboration, increased productivity, female-focused events, networking, and a space to innovate. As flexible work enables more women to enter the workforce and create the careers and lifestyles they want, we’ll continue to see a need for these.
Meesen Brown is the CEO and cofounder of Behere. She is passionate about changing the future of work, especially for women. Meesen started Behere, the flexible lifestyle service for women, to redefine the way we live, work, and travel. An advocate for remote work and adventure, she’s always searching for the most inspiring places to work. She believes you shouldn’t have to quit your job to travel and that great work can be done anywhere. You can contact her via Linkedin.