Coworking spaces can do wonders for small business owners who don’t have a traditional office. Whether your business is just you, or you just have a small team, coworking spaces offer a collaborative work environment with access to business amenities to help your business launch to the next level.
When choosing a coworking space there are a few things to consider. Coworking spaces are more than just a physical space to work; they often foster a community of people who support each other and offer advice and collaboration. Some coworking offices offer professional development workshops and networking events for members. When scoping out potential spaces, try to get a feel for the other tenants and the office culture.
Functional physical space is another thing to keep in mind. Working in cafes is all fun and games until you need a quiet space to have a conference call or a meeting. Coworking spaces typically have rentable conference rooms with WIFI, conference tables, phones, flat screen monitors, printers, white boards, and comfy chairs. Some even offer all of these things 24/7. Make sure the space you choose has the features your business needs.
Many coworking spaces offer flexible membership models where you can choose how often you want to access the space. Typical models include anything from 1 day a month to unlimited 24/7 access. With local and international coworking spaces popping up all over, businesses have more choices when it comes to choosing a strategic location, such as near potential partners or industry leaders.
Finally, when considering a membership agreement, make sure it aligns with the needs of the business. If you think you might eventually outgrow the space, it may be smart to only commit for one year. Coworking spaces can be a great place to get your business up and running, and choosing the best one for you will only help accelerate your growth.