How to get to grips with co-working

Networking, free stuff and flexibility are just some of the benefits of choosing to work in a co-working space. Could it be for you?

Co-working spaces are on the rise and have become a real asset to businesses large and small across the country. Little surprise when you consider that remote working offers a flexibility that business owners, freelancers and employees have never known before. It also helps that they’re normally fantastic spaces located in business-centric locations.

But do you still need convincing? Let us guide you through the benefits of a flexible working space, what to consider when choosing a space, and things to remember once you have your space sorted. Here are some benefits of coworking:

Co-working gives you a change of scenery

If you currently work from home or don’t yet have a base for your company (or perhaps you don’t need one), one of the most obvious advantages a co-working space provides is a simple change of scenery, but with a professional atmosphere. You can get through more work than you would if you were at home, without feeling totally isolated.

Co-working offers many free perks!

Meeting rooms on site, refreshments, private kitchens (always handy when you are working to a deadline), storage space, lightning WiFi. When you add it all up, getting involved in coworking is a bit of a no brainer, especially when you compare it to renting.

Co-working could help de-stress your work life

Working spaces aren’t typically stuffy and formal like an office can be. Instead they offer a relaxing and less intimidating atmosphere, which of course means less stress and more time to focus – without the demands of typical office life.

Co-working could also save you money

Coworking is no doubt cheaper than renting office space. It can also save on travel costs; why commute further when you can be working around the corner? You could also save a little on your caffeine habit as most spaces provide free drinks. Win-win!

Things to consider when looking for the right co-working place:

Flexibility

Always consider the terms of contract. Do you want a space that you can sign up to for a month, for a longer period or do you want to come and go?

Find a space that suits you

Perhaps you prefer to be near the biggest business hubs, or maybe you want an area that offers great cafes, bars or even artwork. Workspaces are often in areas associated with startups, so the location is more than likely to have a great atmosphere and creative places in abundance.

Try before you buy

Before committing to a space, ask if you can use it for free for a period, just to see if it’s right for you. And when you’re there don’t be afraid to ask the staff and more importantly, fellow coworkers questions.

Networking opportunities

Some spaces host talks, breakfasts (etc) and other events that are great for meeting like-minded people. You may even be lucky to find a space that has weekly socials. Handy for building up your contacts lists.

And once you’re there…

Get involved

Co-working provides a great opportunity to share ideas. Discussions can lead to problem solving and maybe even collaborations further down the line.

Stay motivated!

You need to set goals and be clear on what you want to achieve. A flexible space offers a chance to be productive without the distractions associated with home working (unless you prefer to have a chat, that is). But we are creatures of habit, so take advantage of all the space available to you and change where you sit every so often.

There you have it, 10 pointers to help you get to grips with co-working. We hope you find this post helpful in your quest to find a space that benefits you and your business.

Work Hub MadeSimple is a new coworking space based at 20-22 Wenlock Road, minutes from Old Street, London. With membership starting at only £49 a month – the space is perfect for new and small businesses. Interested in a free Work Hub MadeSimple day pass? Call 0207 608 5520 and quote ‘Startups’ to claim your pass today.

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