We are lucky today that we have many more options of when we work and where we work. One option we now have is to cowork. Here are 17 reasons why coworking beats the traditional office. Do you agree?Set your own schedule – Are you a morning superstar? Or a night owl? Need to pick the kids up from school? Or spend your mornings getting chores done? However your life works, coworking can help you set your own schedule. No boss is breathing down your neck! Chat to interesting coworkers – Greg? Oh, he’s working on a startup that turns water into wine. Sally? She’s remotely managing an international team of ten. Pretty much everyone in a coworking space has a story to tell. So, leave boring water cooler talk back at the traditional office. Make new friends – We all know mixing personal with business doesn’t always work out. But things can be a little different in a co-working space. Your co-worker may not even be in the same company. But you’re likely to have shared interests. A new friendship could be just a desk away. Breathe life into work – Who doesn’t love indoor plants? And coworking spaces are often veritable jungles, filling the office with vibrant, green life and purifying air. Compare that to every drab and dull traditional office we’ve all had to endure at some point (we know what we’d pick). It’s a new day, every day – Variety. It’s the stuff that makes work worth it. Whether it’s at the coffee shop or at a shared office space, the data suggests that having variety in a workspace improves attention and productivity. With a coworking space, you never know what is around the corner. Sweat it out – We know that exercise is not just great for your physical health, but your mental health too. And if you’re the kind that likes to stretch or sweat it out, you’re in luck. Coworking spaces often accommodate your exercise regime. What better way to get to know your fellow coworkers than a morning yoga sesh? Duke it out – Or how about cooling off with a little game of table tennis? Yes, table tennis is a coworking trope. But, we think, for good reason. Coworking spaces often come with the little extras that make work a little… extra. And if it’s not table tennis, then it’s foosball, Nintendo, or chill out rooms. Take part in community events – Pitch nights. Friday shenanigans. Meetups. And more. Coworking spaces are often a hub of activity to help their members thrive. These community events not only make things interesting (another tick for ‘variety’), but can put your career ahead with new introductions.Find your investor – Coworking isn’t just fun, games and new friends. There are genuine professional opportunities too. With so many early-stage businesses and startups mixing in with freelancers and gig workers of all stripes, sparks can fly. Who knows, maybe your next business partner, star employee or big break investor is just a desk away? Leave the IT stuff to the experts – High-speed internet. Wi-Fi that just magically works. The right cables, when you need them. And a printer that won’t make you want to scream. At a coworking space, all the facilities are part of the package. So they’re done right, seamlessly. And you can get onto doing… you know, actual work. And office management too – Oh, and who’s organising the Christmas party this year? Well, at a coworking space, you may find all the office niceties are nicely taken care of (by someone else). So you can reap the benefits without the stress of herding fellow coworkers. Oh, and the office fridges? Yep, not your problem, either! Shop around, shop around – The beauty of coworking is its flexibility. You’re not committed to a space if things aren’t your vibe. As your needs change – maybe you moved house across town – then you’re free to move on and try a new space. That’s much more flexibility than the old traditional office! Go global – Thinking of a seachange… in Bali? Well, with coworking, that’s not impossible. Coworking is global, with spaces available in surf spots, tech hubs, bohemian European cities… you name it. It makes going the ‘digital nomad’ life easy. All in one billing – Utilities, appliances, equipment, printing… Leave that to the experts. Coworking is an all-inclusive, all in one bill. Need more desks? It’s as easy as upgrading your coworking plan. It makes planning business expenses dead simple. Just one bill and you can get onto focusing on what really matters. Office dogs – Coworking spaces are often more friendly towards furry coworkers. Need we say more? You’re free to work your way – The flexibility that coworking offers means that you’re free to experiment with what works. Compared to a traditional office, clocking in and out at the same desk each and every day, you can shake things up when you need to. Location, location, location – There’s no need to commute halfway across the city to get to your office. It’s your coworking choice, so your rules. And with plenty of spaces to choose from in major cities, from hot desks to shared office spaces, you can find one that fits in with your schedule.