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10 Things You Need To Know About Coworking

PUBLISHED 12/12/2017

All over the world, coworking spaces are launching with the subtext of being collaborative spaces tailored for startups, small businesses, and freelancers of all varieties. Here’s why working at a coworking space is better than a coffee shop or your sofa.

1. You Get Out Of The House

If you have ever worked out of a home office, you know it can get lonely or unproductive. Some people find having a routine or going to a coffee shop work really well but what if you need to take a long meeting or private call? Joining a coworking space gives you the professionalism of an office with meeting rooms and private spaces but the comfort of a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

2. Community is Important

Coworking is about connecting with a community just as much as it is about space. Most coworking spaces are tailored to different personalities or businesses making it easy to work, learn and network with likeminded people.

3. It’s Not Like Working From Home

Coworking spaces give you the amenities you need to grow and thrive at flexible and affordable prices. The sofa or your local coffee shop may be great places to hang out but if you want to grow your business you need a space that’s tailored to your needs. Whether its phone booths, private meeting rooms, printers, whiteboards, or something as simple as a mailing address – find a space that meets your needs.

Young man and woman sat at a desk in modern office
People Discussing in a meeting room

4. Your Clients Will Notice

There’s a real difference between taking a meeting at crowded coffee shop and taking a meeting in a professional setting. A private room with a whiteboard will definitely let you get down to business and make your meeting productive and that’s definitely something your client will notice.

5. Coworking Spaces Have Personality

Every coworking space has a different personality. Whether you want an office decked out in Herman Miller furniture or your office to be built entirely by local craftsman – there’s a coworking space out there for you. Check out a couple and go with one that matches your style.

6. They Keep You Productive

Being surrounded by likeminded individuals will help keep you focused. If you don’t realise you’ve been chatting for an hour, the other person probably will. If you’re surrounded by hard workers it’s bound to rub off… eventually.

7. Coworking Spaces Are Everywhere

When you’re choosing a space, make sure you think about the convenience of it. This will be your office, so find a place that is either close to where you live, or in an area that you need/want to spend a lot of time in.

8. There Are Big Benefits

Some coworking spaces are tailored to specific industries and have larger amenities like private offices, event space and collaboration labs built inside them. If there’s something that would help your business grow, seek out a space that has it.

9. You Can Try It Out Any Time

Most spaces will offer a trial or a day-pass for possible new members; all you need to do is ask. This is going to be a place where you’ll spend most of your day and so trialling a day at a coworking space is the best way to see if it’s a good fit.

10. Take The Leap!

Once you have decided on your coworking space, dive in and get involved. Every space is only as strong as its members so don’t be afraid to come out to events, meet new people, and pull other members in on projects that make sense.

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