More Americans are becoming their own boss. More than 53 million Americans are now doing freelance work, making up 34 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to a 2014 survey by research firm Edelman Berland, commissioned by the Freelancers Union. Those numbers are only expected to grow.
Yet to remove the distractions of home and cafes—spaces where many self-employed workers are known to congregate—some freelancers and entrepreneurs are turning to sharing office space, known as "co-working."
"Co-working is in its essence, a shared, collaborating workspace. We provide desk access and a community for entrepreneurs, small businesses, start-ups, mostly technology focused," said Bret Morgan, co-founder of Cowerks, a shared office space in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
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There are now more than 2,500 co-working spaces around the globe, with more opening weekly, according to co-working magazine Deskmag.