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Co-Working Spaces Popping Up in Milwaukee


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Co-working is the idea that people sharing a work space don’t have to work for the same organization. This concept took root a few years ago in places like San Francisco. Now co-working spaces are sprouting up in Wisconsin.

Bucketworks is a Milwaukee non-profit organization. Its large co-working space provides resources like internet, printer, desk space, and a kitchen. Bob Ralian, vice-president at Interactive Gift Corporation, says his company has employees in Milwaukee and California and says they’ve set up shop everywhere from a basement to an incubator in Palo Alto.

For the past two years they’ve used the co-working space at Bucketworks. With millions of jobs having evaporated in the recession, job-seekers feel lucky to get anything. And employers are capitalizing on this.

We’re told employees will work like “consultants” in the not-so distant future. That means more part-time and freelance employment. In such a future, lots more workers could be seeking out co-working spaces.