Whether you’re an extroverted introvert, a social introvert, or a hermit-style recluse, you’re probably used to having (and needing!) lots of alone time. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. You gotta do you! If you’re an introvert who works from home -- well, first of all, congrats; this is probably your dream come true. But you may be slightly intimidated by the thought of coworking. Here’s the thing, though: Sharing a coworking space is actually an ideal situation for introverts, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum.
You can be around people, but not constantly talk to them. One of the biggest misconceptions about introverts is that they hate being around other people. This isn’t true, of course. It’s just that introverts tend to get their energy from being alone and they thrive on one-on-one interactions, as opposed to being part of a big group. This is precisely why working in a dedicated coworking space is perfect for introverts. You get to decide when you want to chat with people, and when you need your space -- and you’re surrounded by plenty of people who totally get that.
You can take part in events, classes and group outings when you feel like it. Coworking spaces are great sources for networking and finding out about awesome local events. Introverts sometimes miss out on these types of opportunities since it can be challenging and a bit overwhelming to seek them out on your own. Being in a coworking space provides a natural, organic way to participate in groups and go to events -- but only when you feel like it.
You’ll find a happy medium between alone time and interacting with people. The truth is, we all need alone time and community time in healthy doses. Coworking can help you strike a balance between socializing and being on your own, which is something we can all benefit from.