Choosing The Right Coworking Space For Your Needs
Digital globalisation has meant that there has been a huge shift in the number of freelancers, and many of the younger generation are seeing flexible working as a long-term career path. As more and more people are discovering the benefits of going freelance, there has also been a rise in coworking spaces in order to support this growth.
So you have taken the decision to step out of the comfort of your own home and venture into the world of coworking spaces. How do you know which space is right for your needs though? Here are some of the top factors you should consider.
One of the main reasons people choose to leave their stable 9-5 jobs and go freelance is so they no longer have to commute to a place of work. By having a more flexible schedule, this means freelancers have more time to allocate to hobbies or family activities. Therefore, when choosing the right coworking space this should not be as far away as your office used to be. If you are struggling to find enough hours in the day to carry out your client work, is adding an extra 30-minute drive to your daily schedule really a good idea?
On the other hand, choosing a coworking space that is further away from your home, yet close to your gym or your favourite lunch spot could tie in well with your lifestyle. Consider the networking opportunities within the coworking space too. Do they provide regular networking that you attend on a regular basis anyway, so you wouldn’t have to travel especially for this?
Working from home means that you can do exactly what you want. Whether you prefer to work with music on in the background, or you concentrate better in complete silence. You can go for a walk outside whenever you choose, and you can make your working space suit your individual needs. When it comes to choosing a coworking space, spend time analysing the atmosphere. If this is not in sync with you, it is likely to have a negative impact on both your focus and your productivity.
Popping to your local cafe for one day a week might seem like a great idea to change up your environment (when permitted of course). However, the hustle and bustle often makes for distractions and is not conducive to working. The need for quiet working spaces was why coworking spaces started up. When visiting a coworking space for the first time try and work out how quiet or noisy it is. Are there lots of individual workers there, or is it mainly larger companies using the area for meeting spaces?
Cost is a very important factor to consider when it comes to choosing a coworking space, particularly when working from your own home is free! As well as saving money from not commuting, which we have already looked into, you need to factor in other office-related expenditures. Once you have shortlisted several coworking spaces for their location and work environment, cost should be the next thing on your list. Try to think longer-term here too.
Rather than going with the cheapest coworking space, consider how your needs may change as your business grows. Could you see yourself needing those extra meeting rooms in a couple of years time? Or does one of the coworking spaces provide receptionist/PA type services which could help with admin further down the line? Sometimes it is better spending a bit more for extra amenities that can save you money in the long run. This could be something as simple as a super-fast internet connection.
With so many different coworking spaces out there, it can be easy to get confused when it comes to choosing the right one for your business. If you would like to know more about the coworking facilities that we will be providing here at McCue House, please contact us or register your interest today.