For many first-time entrepreneurs, choosing to work off of the dining room table can be tempting. It's cheap, it's easy and it's not much of a commute. As you get started on your new venture, letting cost alone determine your daily work environment isn't as beneficial as you might think.
Even if you're a pre-revenue startup, having a space dedicated to work is critical to productivity and maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
The membership-based workspace that coworking offers is a valuable solution for the bootstrapping solopreneur and the venture-funded startup alike.
As with any purchase, it's important to shop around until you find the right environment, so doing your homework is important.
Tour the different spaces in your area, try each option out for a day (most offer inexpensive day passes) and take the time to assess what you value most in a work environment.
The following are three ways to take advantage of membership at a coworking space.
1. Surround yourself with energy
Since many entrepreneurs thrive off of the innovative spirit of others, most coworking spaces offer some type of open format seating.
Spending the day immersed in the energetic buzz of productivity is a simple way to keep the brain's gears turning.
Although some of your day-to-day tasks might require the isolation of a private office, make sure to commit some amount of time to free range seating.
2. Work on your terms
Long hours are something every entrepreneur must be willing to endure.
After all it takes a lot of energy, time and focus to build something from the ground up.
With burnout being one of the most feared byproducts of continuous laser focus, it's important to understand how your body handles the mental and physical exhaustion of launching a new venture.
Spend some time analyzing yourself. Think about what time of day you're most productive, the ideal amount of sleep you need each night and what pastimes are most helpful in relieving your stress and even how you prefer to commute.
By answering these questions you're able to build an optimal daily routine to help combat fatigue.
A good coworking space can accommodate just about any type of schedule and no matter how nontraditional your work routine may seem, chances are you'll find yourself in good company any time of day.
3. Don't just network... socialize
While networking events, seminars, classes and trade shows offer the obvious benefit of guided or structured interaction between professionals, some of your most important connections can happen in a less formal setting.
By offering a service based around the idea of bringing a diverse group of people together to work independently, coworking spaces cultivate casual interaction, meaning that instead of designating a specific time, place or topic for networking, interactions tend to happen on a more personal level.
A conversation with another member about weekend plans while waiting for your coffee can lead to collaboration, inspiration or offer a new perspective on what you're working on.
Office Evolution Columbus
We have designed our services with the modern day, flexible, entrepreneur in mind. Our Virtual Offices and Private Offices have flexible packages and options to suit your specific needs. As you research local office space solutions in the Columbus metropolitan area (Dublin, Powell, Worthington, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Westerville, Blacklick, Grove City, Hilliard, Galloway Reynoldsburg, Bexley, Gahanna), you will also find that our pricing is competitive and affordable. Choosing Office Evolution Dublin or Easton will help your budget remain flexible, with more money to spend on the things that matter most to your business.
We are business professionals and entrepreneurs, just like you, and understand what you need. We offer three sizes of Conference Rooms, all with plug and play functionality, to meet your specific needs for the meeting at hand. Even better for your flexible needs is the ability to rent a conference room, or office space, for a day. Whether you need to make a good impression with a client, or simply need to escape the house to get work done, we can offer you the perfect solution.
Contact us today to set up a tour at our Dublin or Easton, Ohio locations.
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