4 out of 4 stars
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Coworking Inc.: The Bohemian Movement That Adopted Capitalism by Jonathan O'Byrne is a very informative book about a relatively new solution to workspaces known as coworking. The author seeks to inform and educate readers on the true meaning of coworking, its advantages, and how it is the way forward in real estate.
In 2012, Jonathan O'Byrne established one of the trend-setting coworking networks in Singapore. His company, Collective Works, has become a multi-million dollar business that has helped to solve the problem of ensuring appropriate and beneficial workspaces for many people. Through experience, the author not only elucidates the subject but also gives prospective clients practical tips on what to look out for when searching for workspaces.
Firstly, I must thank the author for the insights into this topic. As someone interested in real estate, I found this book to be both timely and relevant. Through this book, I have come to appreciate the benefits of coworking and believe that it is the future! Just as Uber and Spotify have changed the face of luxury transportation and music, coworking seeks to provide flexible and efficient solutions for people investing in workplaces.
What I enjoyed the most about the book is the author's writing style. Most books on topics like this bore the reader with professional jargon and unnecessary definitions. But this author sticks to the subject, organizes his thoughts excellently, and delivers a book that is easy to understand. His writing style is clear, and I enjoyed how he used relatable examples to drive home his points. It just made the entire book a pleasure to read. Good job, Mr. O'Byrne!
Furthermore, I liked the author's use of charts and diagrams to give illustrations in the book. They helped in providing graphic summaries of the author's ideas. More so, I enjoyed the 'Takeaways' sections at the end of the chapters. This part of the book provided me with a reminder of the things learned so far and helped me to know the salient points therein.
Nevertheless, this book is rich in practical tips and invaluable pieces of advice for both prospective clients and people who wish to become operators in the business. I appreciate its relevance and timeliness. With the boom in the freelance business, there is a need for flexible and interactive workspace solutions for freelancers. Also, organizations are looking to cut real estate costs through the solution that coworking offers. Therefore, this book will be of great value to all concerned.
To conclude, there was nothing I disliked about this title. I found only two typos in the book, so I believe it is professionally edited. Therefore, I am happy to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I am highly recommending this book to readers interested in properties and real estate, especially those who seek insights into coworking.
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