A coworking space is a shared space for work that is shared by companies and individual entrepreneurs from different fields. In this article, we tell you what such a space should have.
24/7 Access Any Day of The Week
Suppose your company works with clients in different time zones. From time to time you have to sit up late, or start work early in the morning. How much use is a co-working room that works from, say, 9am to 9pm in such circumstances? That’s right, about zero.
A co-working space’s work schedule should be convenient first and foremost for its residents, not for the owners. There are a lot co-working spaces where, for example, you can work at night or on your day off, when you have plenty of time to write your paper for study or put things in order.
A co-working space should save you time, not take it away. If you find a great location that you have to take three transfers to, then walk and take a short shuttle ride to, it’s not great. Prepare to work from home most of the time, and meet with clients at a downtown cafe.
If you’re lucky enough to find a co-working space downtown or close to home, check for transportation accessibility. It is ideal if there is both parking and public transport stops nearby – that way you won’t be late even in case of wild traffic jams.
The essence of the co-working space is to relieve residents from worrying about their own comfort. Everything is designed and done for you so that you can focus on your work.
The main thing here is convenience and functionality: thoughtful layout and design of the room, good lighting, tables with built-in charging jacks so that you don’t have to look for a free outlet. Ideally, it is a space where nothing distracts from work tasks and there are separate areas for rest to relieve the brain and distractions.
Excellent Internet Connection
Without it, you can forget about normal work. When the connection is constantly dropping, it is distracting and just infuriating. It’s impossible to concentrate, and trivial tasks take up a lot of time.
When choosing a coworking space, check how things are going with the Internet. Or better check it yourself. It is optimal if there is seamless Wi-Fi, so you can freely move around the workspace and not wait for your laptop to connect to the network.
Kitchen And Plenty of Cafes Around
It doesn’t take much to grab a bite to eat without distracting yourself from work for too long: a separate room and a minimal set of appliances. Tea, coffee and cookies in the kitchen appear by themselves, and food can be brought from home and heated in the microwave.
For all its advantages, in a shared kitchen you can’t make an appointment for a client or an interview. Therefore, next to the coworking should be a decent coffee shop where you can talk about business or have lunch when you are not in the mood to eat out of the container. And it is better when there are several of them: monotonous business lunches bring on boredom and thoughts of changing jobs.
Additional Services For Business
Coworking solves almost all domestic and technical questions for you. The next level is when you get help from specialized specialists. For example, some coworking spaces have their own lawyers, accountants and courier service. And if the company suddenly needs advice or a service, you can turn to the coworking room administrators for help: you don’t have to waste time looking for a proven specialist. This is especially useful for beginning entrepreneurs who are not yet ready to keep their own accountants and lawyers on staff.
Interesting Events Inside The Coworking
Even if you put a lot of interesting people in one place, the community will not arise by itself. Its life needs to be sustained. It’s good if the owners of the coworking room understand this. Lectures, workshops, parties on Fridays – it brings the inhabitants of the coworking room together and turns it into a place where people want to come not just to work.