What bothers you about your current workspace? Is it comfortable? Is it set up for optimal performance? Does it have distractions like barking dogs or unreliable WiFi?
There’s a reason coworking space has increased 400% in the past two years. Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and independent professionals are feeling a need for a certain special mix of business space and social support. They’re flocking to shared coworking environments.
Is coworking right for you? Let’s take a look.
1. Flawless Connectivity
One thing’s for sure – coworking spaces thrive on connectivity. They have reliable high-speed wired and wireless internet, with plenty of capacity for connection-dependent tasks like video viewing and conferencing. Networked printing, copying, and scanning allows you to function as smoothly as any big business.
If you’re currently working from home, you might be at the mercy of the connections in your building or on your street. Dropped service is not only frustrating, it can be downright unprofessional at critical moments. Employees at the coworking space make sure you don’t have to deal with tech issues.
2. Social and Professional Boost
Isolation can drain your motivation. In a home office or coffee shop, you can’t really get the kind of professional/social interaction it takes to boost business success. This is where coworking spaces really shine. They offer an energizing mix of professional networking and social interaction.
Stuck on a problem? Bounce ideas around in the community space. Need advice from a long-time pro? Seek help at a networking event. Just need a moment to recharge with a cup of coffee? Head over to a refreshment station with gourmet coffee, filtered water, and snacks. Coworking provides a relaxed, professional community when you need it.
3. Customized Options
A coworking space membership offers all kinds of options. Access to the shared community space is usually the least expensive choice, and packages build from there – reserve a workstation, get a dedicated desk, or use a private office. Each package comes with its own blend of benefits, like phone rooms, private meeting rooms, locking file storage, ergonomic seating, and credits toward all kinds of other perks. Whatever works best for you and your business, a coworking space can accommodate.
4. Quiet Space
Just need some peace and quiet? Coworking offers that too. Unlike corporate cubicles, coffee shop chaos, or your home, the coworking space offers dedicated nooks for total silent focus, whenever desired. Your friends and family might try to give you the quiet time you need to work, but a coworking space guarantees it.
A reliable, peaceful space sets you up for professional business interactions like phone calls, video conferences, and in-person meetings. And speaking of in-person meetings, you’ll always have a welcoming spot to bring clients for a chat.
5. Productivity and Profitability
Coworking allows you to be productive no matter when you work best. If you’re an early riser, your work station – and coffee – is ready to go. Late-night work sessions are no problem. Your coworking space can work with your hours so you can be available when your clients need you.
The productivity of coworking can also add profitability to your business. In fact, 74 percent of workers say they’re more productive in a coworking environment than a home or traditional office, and a third of them see an immediate improvement in the bottom line.
6. Free-Time Freedom
Most importantly, coworking brings big benefits for your free time. When you can really focus on your work, you open up hours for the rest of your life. Your business stays outside your home, away from your family’s needs. And there’s no long commute, because your coworking space is right nearby.