6 Best Ways To Utilise Coworking
Anyone can consider coworking provided the work to be done is not impaired or hindered in any way. What was confined to coders and techies has now brought in artists and professionals from a myriad of backgrounds or industries. Coworking is becoming immensely popular. Tax consultants, real estate agents, attorneys and professionals who are either entrepreneurs or self employed are all taking to coworking for obvious benefits. Traditional business owners are also looking at coworking for specific tasks that can be done beyond their primary workplace and to facilitate mobile employees.
As it is with any other concept, coworking has its merits and demerits. You need to make an attempt to make the most of coworking. Here are six ways you can utilise coworking to its optimal best.
- When you choose a coworking space, you should focus on amenities and not just the square footage. A very large coworking space with very few amenities will not be useful enough. You must have enough space to get your work done and more importantly have every amenity you need. Is the wireless internet secured and is it reliable, has it got consistent speeds or would its bandwidth be limited at certain times, would the printer work all the time, are there any freebies such as free prints or scans and the likes? You need to ask yourself these relevant questions and others that matter for you given the kind of work you would do. Only then should you go ahead with a particular coworking space.
- Try to have all functions catered to at the space instead of being more cautious with the propositions on paper. Aesthetically appealing furniture is not always comfortable. A space decked up for images may not actually look so when you get there. You need a coworking space that caters more to function than the visual sensibilities. For instance, you need private booths for video calls. This is more important than having apparent noise cancellation across a floor. Even if the coworking space is shielded from outside noise, there will be people talking inside so you need a private booth for your video calls.
- Always stay local. Having to travel a distance will always defeat the purpose of making everything more convenient with the choice of a coworking space.
- You should consider crowdsourcing when you are at a coworking space. Whether it is troubleshooting a problem or socialising with a few likeminded people, you should try to pool in the people and their skills who share the coworking space.
- You can find potential partners at a coworking space. Whether you are in technology or law, real estate or any other niche, you will probably find talented aspirants and entrepreneurs at such spaces.
- You can also raise funds at coworking spaces. Ambitious entrepreneurs and passionate professionals would always be able to see the larger picture and may be willing to chip in with a contribution for a fair reward.