3 Tips for Visiting a Coworking Space
As the popularity of remote work increases, coworking spaces are popping up all over the country to meet the needs of telecommuters. Coworking space can be anything from a place to have an occasional retreat to an office to work in every day. For some of us, our home can be filled with distractions. Others may have a quiet home, but need a change of scenery every once in awhile. Whatever your needs, coworking spaces can be a huge asset to remote workers.
Despite being a remote worker for the past four years, I only recently made my first visit to a coworking space. Reflecting on my experience, here are tips for working at a coworking space.
1. Determine the amount of privacy you need.
The coworking space I visited was very private—all of the available spaces to reserve were private offices or conference rooms. I rented a small two-person room that contained a desk, two chairs, a whiteboard, and cozy decor. It was the ultimate in privacy. However, depending on your nature, a private space may feel suffocating. If you think you need more stimulation and can handle a little background noise, look into a space that provides a more open office atmosphere. This may save you money, as well, since renting a private office can be pricey.
2. Determine how much interaction you need.
Unlike in a regular office, you don’t have to interact with anyone at a coworking space if you don’t want to. And if you do, you can choose when and with whom you converse. Networking can be a real benefit to utilizing a coworking space. You may even find a coworking office that targets people in specific industries, making for an even better networking atmosphere. Be sure to visit a few of these spaces to get a feel for their vibe. A space that is designed to encourage facilitation and networking may not be for you if your endgame is to simply get your work done. Find a space that caters to your needs.
3. Go prepared.
As a newbie to using a coworking space, I forgot to bring my laptop charger with me. Be sure to pack up all the items you’ll need while away from home. Consider bringing your laptop and phone chargers and headphones. Check to see if bringing in your own food or drink is allowed. Some spaces might provide free snacks or have food and coffee for purchase. Having what you need will ensure a smooth visit and help you get your work accomplished without disruption.
Working in a coworking environment can be a nice change of pace or even a new way of working. They are a great way to work self-sufficiently in a more professional environment. Coworking once a week, once a month, or even every day can change up your remote working habits for the better.
By Rachel Jay | December 14, 2015 | Categories: Work Remotely