So you’ve read all the positive things about working in coworking spaces and decided to try looking for the perfect office space for your startup company. Being a novice can be quite overwhelming and you can use some good advice on how to make the most out of the experience.
A number of studies have shown that opting for a desk in a co-working space helps workers thrive and grow into more empowered professionals in startup programs than in the regular corporate office spaces. But what can you expect from such a modern culture of entrepreneurship? More importantly, what can you do to ensure that you gain all the positive results when you jump into this cultural bandwagon?
Read on for a guide on how to make the most out of your coworking space.
Review your alternatives.
If you’re planning to build your startup company in a coworking space, you’d ideally pick for one that has private rooms, dedicated desks and perhaps a working lounge. This way, you can opt to have rooms for either brainstorm meetings for your startup programs, or for assignments that require your undivided focus. Meanwhile, having dedicated desks allow your employees to engage in conversations and make them feel more energetic when dealing with important matters as a group. Pick a conducive space carefully in a way that you can see yourself being able to work with the most convenience possible, without sacrificing privacy.
Carefully check every nook and cranny of your new coworking space and make sure all the amenities are working. List all the available resources that are already installed and functional so that you may be able to plan for aesthetics and additional fixtures accordingly and to your taste. Hire an interior designer to draft you perspectives of your best setup alternatives for your new office. It always helps to be in an environment that is not only convenient for every worker, but also very appealing and cozy to work in.
Engage in convos.
Since we are talking about making the most out of your coworking experience, one very vital aspect you should allot more time for is socialization. Entrepreneurship is a social practice and can be more likely so when you’re in a coworking environment. Extend help to your co-workers, give the new hires a tour, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it yourself. Take coffee breaks in the designated pantry and exchange work and personal stories. Not only can you expand your network in a coworking space, you can also gain good and trustworthy friends, plus brighter career opportunities if you’re lucky.
Be a member of the community.
As a member-based initiative, most coworking spaces utilize online social platforms. For freelancers who share a space with dedicated desks, such apps as Slack and Trello are good choices to form website communities. It would be a good idea to sign up and participate in these communities to get to know your other co-workers better. Being a member of an online community also gets you in the loop of new developments, improvements, and other beneficial information that enhances your daily work experience within a coworking space.
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