No matter where you live in the world, there’s an excellent chance there’s some sort of shared workspace in your city, or a city nearby. These shared workspaces can range in size and scope and they all offer different amenities; but essentially, they provide a cost-effective solution for anyone who needs an office outside the home, but not necessarily enough to justify buying or leasing a space.
I love my home office. I have it set up the way I want it, I’m comfortable, and I don’t have to get up and get out on those cold, frosty winter mornings. But, as someone who has worked as a virtual professional for many years, I can absolutely see the draw to working from one of these co-working environments, when you’re always working “remotely.” Because, really, sometimes you get tired of looking at the same four walls, and working from a different space is all it will take to re-energize you.
All you have to do is take a look around Starbucks or your local coffee shop to see just how many folks are getting work done on their own terms; in a space they feel most comfortable.
As a professional coach or speaker, what might the benefits of working from a co-working environment be for you? Here are a few I can think of.
Focus. Sometimes it’s downright impossible to focus at home. Most shared workspaces provide community hubs AND private offices where you can hunker down, get focused and concentrate. It’s going to be much less distracting than working at Starbucks if you’re trying to get away from your home office environment to get some peace and quiet. And, if it’s the buzz of others working away that inspires you, shared workspaces generally afford that as well.
Meeting rooms. If you need to meet with a client or do a big presentation, shared workspaces provide a much more professional setting than coffee shops.
Video conferencing. If you do a lot of live videos, or any videos really, and you have a busy household … try a co-work space for this. Most of these are equipped with video conferencing capabilities, and you won’t have to worry about anyone being around to distract you. For me personally, I’ve been trying to get back into Facebook Live, but find it hard to do any type of video if there is anyone else around. A shared workspace would really come in handy in this case.Shared workspaces? Could they be a viable option for your business?Click To Tweet
Save money. Yes, you save money on an office lease. Yes, you save money in that you will have more productive time. But you’ll also save money on things like printing, because most shared workspaces are set up with some sort of printing capability. You won’t have to buy your own whiteboard or your own LED projector either … these things all come with most co-work spaces.
Networking. When you’re out working in one of these places on a regular basis, you’ll also have an opportunity to get to know the other business owners who are working there. You never know if someone you encounter in a co-work environment might need your services, or know someone who can. And remember to always follow the golden rule of networking and ask folks lots of questions about what they do, and how you might be able to make introductions or connections that could help them.
These are just a few of the reasons I could think of as to why shared workspaces might be an option from time to time. I’m sure there are many more.
Have you ever tried shared workspaces to get things done? What have your experiences been, to date?
Also published on Medium.