1. Look at your options
Just like a regular office, every coworking space will have its own unique culture. Before settling on one particular site, you need to be sure that your and/or your business fits in well with the existing culture of this specific place. It's important to ensure that it has whatever amenities you might require such as access to conference rooms or other audio-visual equipment for presentations.
2. Attend Networking Event
Attend networking events so that you can start making connections right away! Remember there's no such thing as too many coffee dates 😉 You might meet someone who will provide invaluable insight about starting up or just really connect with them because they share similar interests. We all need friends outside our immediate networks - especially when we're new to an area.
3. Make new friends
It's totally cool to be introverted and shy. You don't have to force yourself into awkward small talk sessions if it doesn't come naturally for you - but you should still try going out of your comfort zone a little bit because that's how we grow as people!
Socializing at work has been shown to have a number of significant advantages, and socializing in a coworking space may prove to provide even more. When you socialize in traditional office environments, you are generally only able to discuss the same information with that privy within your company's industry niche. In contrast, when working from home or attending events hosted by others outside of your field who hold different insights on how they operate their business model than what is typical for someone like yourself can allow fruitful discussions that help generate new ideas which could not be otherwise attained through solely networking locally.
4. Get to Know Your Boss
By getting to know your boss, you will have a better idea of what's going on in the company, who they are as people, and how much support you can expect from them. You never want to be left wondering if it's time for that promotion or asking yourself when my next raise is coming?
5. Be of Service - In The Correct Manner
It may appear that being helpful is always a good thing, but this is not the case. There are two types of aid: reactive and proactive assistance. When you aid someone who hasn't asked for it, you're being proactive. It can not only make things more difficult, but it can also produce friction. Reactive helping, on the other hand, is when you respond to a request for assistance. Do your best to be helpful, but make sure it's reactive rather than proactive.
6. Keep Your Productivity Up
Working in a coworking space actually increases productivity, but it is up to the person to make good use of any distractions. Like an office at home or elsewhere, there are many potential pitfalls that can steal your focus and keep you from getting work done. You need strategies for dealing with these distractions so they don't derail you from completing what needs doing (and then some).
7. Invest in the Right Tools
You will need to invest in the right tools for your work (or at least get a coworking membership that includes these). You'll still want to make sure you have access to all of your personal favorite items, but it is also important not to be bogged down and slowed from productivity because you're constantly on the hunt for something.
8.Make Use of Conference Rooms
You can't just work on your own all day long. You need to take time for yourself, so make use of conference rooms! People who are in the midst of a big project or have been working hard might want to get out and stretch their legs while they're at it.
9. Be Respectful of Others
This is a general rule of thumb for any setting, but it's especially important when you're in a shared space. You should respect other people by not hogging the best seat or monopolizing the power outlets with your devices and preventing others from working comfortably at their desks. Be courteous to those around you and they will be more willing to help out if needed!
10. Participate in the Community
It is important to participate in the community by supporting events and staying plugged in to what's going on. You'll be more connected with others, which will lead to great networking opportunities!
It is important for your productivity to work in a coworking environment. You need to be vigilant about your surroundings and take measures when you need to do things that are not related to working such as tending the garden or spending time with friends or family members. It's all about balance!
Are You Ready to Find Your New Coworking Space?
Victory Workspace has been serving professionals in the Walnut Creek, California area for over ten years, and even after the Covid 19 Shelter in Place is over we will be here for you. We offer a large variety of coworking spaces, short-term office rentals, meeting rooms, and welcoming event space with plenty of free parking for you or your guests. All that while providing our clients with daily opportunities to network with other business-minded professionals just like you! To learn more, set up your free tour, or inquire about which one of the services might be right for you, reach out to one of our amazing Community Guides at Victory Workspace for more information.