How to Choose the Right Coworking Space

Independent professionals, freelancers, remote workers, and many startup companies know the benefits of coworking and shared office spaces. They provide all the perks of a traditional office (and often additional ones) with greater flexibility. The key to picking the right co-working space for your business is to ask yourself the right questions. Different spaces are targeted to different types of professionals and businesses.

How often will I use the space?

Many companies offer flexible terms and 24/7 access to their facilities. There are often different levels of access that your receive based on the monthly rate you’re willing to pay. For example, some plans restrict access to a few days a week, or between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. It will depend on the company and plan options. If you tend to work during those hours or only want to utilize the space a few times a month, these lower cost plans may be perfect for you. If you tend to work outside the normal 9-5, or want to ensure you always have a place to work, pick a more expensive option that gives you 24/7 access. Or, even better, find a coworking space like Office Evolution in Hackensack that provides 24/7 access for all coworking members, even with the very low cost plans.  

What resources will I need access to?

Are you looking for a community of like-minded people? Do you need to have a professional business address for Google Maps and mail delivered? Do you need access to traditional office amenities like a business center manager, print/copy machine,  meeting rooms, whiteboards, and presentation equipment? Many coworking spaces offer these amenities and more, without the need to personally maintain them.

Am I able to try the space before committing?

Some coworking and shared office spaces offer low-cost or free day passes to prospective members. Take advantage of these options because it will allow you to make sure that the space fits your particular needs. 

Is the location appropriate?

It’s important that the coworking space you choose is consistent with your desired image.

Choosing a space simply because it’s cheap is not a great idea. You want a location that has the right energy and represents your business in a positive way. This is particularly important if you meet clients there, or are seeking to build your business network. You should also consider a space that is close to your home because you’ll be more likely to go and long commutes are bad for your health.

If you’re considering a shared or coworking space, it’s probably time to get serious about it and ask yourself if these options will work for you or your company. Ask yourself the right questions, like the ones above, to avoid picking a space that doesn’t suit your needs. The options, amenities, and vibes of these spaces vary widely so do some research. What do you have to lose? Book a tour and try it for a month or so, and if you don’t like it, cancel your membership. Try doing that with a traditional office lease. 

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