10 Tips for Using Shared Office Space
Shared office space is the new way to work. This is especially true for entrepreneurs starting a new business. Coworking spaces are springing up all over the country to meet this ever-growing demand. The demand is for fully-equipped, affordable working spaces that meet the many needs of those who use them. If you have never experienced shared working spaces, also called coworking centers, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. It’s perhaps fair to say that the US is fast becoming one of the shared office center of the world. This is not surprising given the entrepreneurial spirit of North Americans.
This piece reveals 10 tips which explain why this new phenomenon has become so invaluable.
Tip #1: It’s Cheaper Than…
Cheaper than what, you may ask. Well, it’s cheaper than committing to an office lease for a start. And it’s also considerably cheaper per desk than say temporarily renting a private office space. In fact, a coworking business lounge access at Office Evolution is around the cost of a couple of cups at Starbucks per day. Best of all is that there are NO rigid policies or long-term contracts to commit to. That’s the beauty of the shared office experience.
Tip #2: All the Utilities Are Paid For
All the utilities are included in the fees. This means you won’t get any nasty surprises or hidden costs show up on your final bill. At many coworking spaces, whatever your package is, your internet, coffee, tea, water and electricity are all inclusive. Heck, you won’t even need to worry about shopping for toilet paper.
Tip #3: It’s Easier to Make New Contacts
Of course you can make new contacts from the comfort of home via the internet. But as wonderful as communications technology is, it’s still lacking. There is nothing that comes close to real person-to-person interaction. Other likeminded individuals, just like you, occupy these shared office spaces. There will be people forming small startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and independent professionals. Over time you will get to know others working in the shared office space. You will form new friendships and possibly business partners. You may swap ideas and explore new options. This kind of interaction has proven to be very beneficial to folks like you as you grow your new venture.
Tip 4: You Get More Done
Anyone who doesn’t believe this hasn’t tried working in a shared office environment. You really do get more done when compared to working from home. The atmosphere is quiet yet buzzing, comfortable, without being too laidback. There have been studies into the productivity element of coworking spaces already. It seems that the stimulating atmosphere has a lot to do with this.
Tip #5: The Hippest of the Hip Offices to Work From
Researchers understand that the work environment affects mood and productivity levels. Someone who goes to work in a gray, drab, cluttered building with no windows is going to perform well under par. Likewise, someone who works in a beautiful, bright, airy uncluttered office is going to perform so much better. This is even more likely if the office is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Well, the great thing about shared offices is that many of them are state-of-the-art. Not only to they provide the best technologies but they also offer some awesome interior designs.
These are offices that a lot of people could only ever dream of owning themselves. Well, you can now have your own space in one of them on demand. If you’re a regular, you can even have a dedicated desk or office that is yours permanently. Don’t forget too that a lot of these fully-furnished shared working spaces are in prime business locations. Check out the collaborative workspace, coworking business lounge, meeting rooms, and personal offices at Office Evolution Hackensack, NJ. If you’re looking for a hip working environment, we can deliver.
Tip #6: It’s Good for Your Health
You might be wondering how on earth a shared office environment can be good for your health. The answer is simple. Working in solitude is bad for your health, therefore the opposite is true. Social isolation affects one’s socialization skills in the long term. It also affects the mental state of mind. People need people, not everyone agrees with that but it’s true. We have evolved to be social animals. You don’t even need to interact with others to get the benefits. Just having other people around in the same space can provide a huge boost to the way you feel. And the way you feel affects the way you function as a person.
Tip #7: People Love to Share
It’s true, people today are eager to share and help their fellows. Most regulars at a shared office space tend to find camaraderie with others in the center’s community. You will certainly come away with a lot more than you ever thought possible that’s for sure. The little tips, tricks and contacts that people pass around can become invaluable. This is not to say that everyone is sitting around chatting all day because they’re not. But there are shorts breaks and lunchtimes whereby folks do come together and talk business.
It’s important to make good contacts in the shared office center. This is how you get to expand your knowledge, gain referrals, and find ways to help others. This is a place where you can establish a good reputation as being trustworthy and reliable. When you do, you will find that others think of you first or recommend you in times where your expertise can be of use. And always try to help others—remember, givers gain in the long run.
Tip #8: Invites to Lesser-Known Events and Functions
The world of independent workers is expanding at an exponential rate. Never before has networking in the real world been so important. One of the problems is that there’s just so much going on that it’s not possible to keep track of it all. Coworking spaces connect you with those who share the same or similar interests. Between you, it’s possible to zoom in on important events that pertain to your interests. You will invite others to functions and events that you know of or have arranged yourself. Likewise, you too will get invites to interesting events and functions, things that you might not have otherwise known about. Never underestimate the value of networking in the real-world.
Tip #9: Private Spaces within a Shared Office
There may be times when you need a little more privacy than the open coworking business lounge. The good news is that you still have that option. A fully-functional shared office can give you access to private office space as well as small meeting rooms and larger conference rooms. Take a look at our on-demand meeting spaces at Office Evolution Hackensack, NJ as prime examples.
Tip #10: The Community Kitchen?
Yes, the modern shared office spaces often come complete with a community kitchen too. Some even supply complimentary tea and coffee to customers. The communal kitchen is perfect for busy folks who need refreshments but are too busy to break for a proper lunch. But it’s not just a great place to grab a coffee or snack; it’s also an opportune place to meet others who are taking a break from their desk.
Meeting new faces is all part of the networking experience in the real world. You will never be short of new faces in a shared working environment.
And that concludes our top 10 tips and true benefits for working in a shared office space.
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