Choosing a coworking space is not an easy task. With the multitude of coworking spaces around the world and the new ones that are constantly being developed, it can be difficult for professionals to find their way around. Moreover, the challenge is to decide on a workspace that suits their needs and image.
The coworking market has grown. Whereas the offer used to be rather standard, it is evolving towards more and more specific and personalised solutions. The user experience is now optimal with many providers. It is still necessary to find the one that corresponds to your professional needs. This article will give you some tips on how to choose your coworking space.
The location of your coworking space is a major factor in the value you get from your membership. Being located in a prestigious area can impress potential clients. Having amenities within walking distance (or within minutes via your mode of transport) is also a big plus. But since the health crisis began, many people are looking for a place to work close to home.
When you join a coworking space, you also join its community. It is important to understand that being surrounded by other businesses, whether it is a large corporation or even a talented independent professional, is one of the biggest advantages that drives professionals to join a coworking space.
To find the right community for you, all you need to do is ask yourself the right questions from the start: what sectors do the members of this coworking space work in? Could my skills add value to this community? Does this space host regular events where members can network with each other? Will this space help me drive and refine my ambitions?
Your environment and the amount of service it provides is a determining factor in how quickly you will progress with your projects. Working in a café, for example, is often noisy. On the other hand, you are busy with family members and household chores when you work from home.
The way coworking spaces work means that they have the potential to be affordable workspaces without long-term commitments or distractions, but they are not all the same in terms of service.
When trying to determine if a coworking space has a suitable working environment, visiting the space is by far the best way to find out.
In addition to a work environment that allows you to focus, it’s also important to find a coworking space that gives you everything you need to maximize your work experience. Again, you need to ask yourself the right questions. Is free coffee a must for you? Is the internet connection in the work area strong enough? Does your job require frequent access to a private meeting room for client calls? Are you interested in an on-site gym? Do you need parking?
The membership fee and the amount you are willing to pay each month will obviously drive your choice.
You will need to prioritise what you need in your coworking space to get the best return on investment. Remember that the environment is paramount, and making the extra effort to find a space that is as unique as you are will pay off handsomely in your business and social activities.