Many entrepreneurs work out of a home office or a coffee shop, but at some point that might become more of a hinderance than a money saver. It is difficult to have a phone conversation in a coffee shop while customers chit-chat and children run rampant around you.
Having a business meeting with potential investors might not feel as professional when you have to walk past your child’s toy chest on your way to your dining room table— AKA, your “office.”
If you’re ready to take the next step and have an office outside of your home, but you don’t think a traditional office building setup would work or you don’t yet need that much space, consider a virtual office space in your area. A coworking space can offer you the professional environment you need at a price point that works with your budget.
The most common concern with a coworking space is this: how do you maintain your focus on your business with so many other businesses going on around you? Here are the top three ways get the focus you need when you need it.
Focus Tip #1: Headphones
Sure, you might not want to wear big noise cancelling headphones in an open concept coworking space, but you can find really great earbuds that will cancel out noise and play your favorite music at the same time.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of a shared workspace can be energizing, but there are projects that require your concentration without distraction. Finding the right music can be an integral part of that. Classical, jazz, orchestral, or even film scores are all types of music that might help you block out distractions.
Focus Tip #2: Quiet Spaces
All coworking spaces have spots that are designated quiet areas. Feel free to take advantage of these muted spaces as needed. Here are a few other ways to get the silence you need when you require it:
- Once you get to know those working around you, you might also migrate toward those you know to be more focused and less talkative.
- Avoid sitting by the break area or the conference rooms if you need a quieter environment on certain days.
- Consider creating a sign to put up on your desk when you don’t want to be bothered. It doesn’t have to be rude or abrasive, just a polite way to request that others avoid interrupting you when you’re working diligently.
Focus Tip #3: Lead by Example
Shared workspaces with an open work environment are fantastic for entrepreneurs and those who work remotely. Working from home can become too isolating, but working out in public areas can be way too distracting. Coworking spaces are a happy medium, giving you the human interaction you need in a professional area.
That said, it takes effort from every person who works in a shared office to be respectful of everyone working within. Avoiding disruptive behaviors will show that you embrace proper etiquette in the workplace. These behaviors include:
- Talking on the phone too loudly
- Wearing strong perfume or cologne
- Playing music without headphones
- Reheating or eating strong-smelling foods
Commit to stopping these disruptors and encourage the people around you to follow your lead.
Shared Workspaces and Coworking Communities
These open office coworking spaces are a great way to network and build relationships when working as an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business owner. A shared office space gives you access to all the benefits of a traditional office, such as receptionists, a business address, great wifi, and professional private meeting rooms.
Victory Workspace, with two locations in Contra Costa County, can give you the office community you seek, and the place to concentrate you need. Contact us today for information about a space in our Danville or Walnut Creek Offices!
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