How to Make Shared Office Space Work for Your Business
Many independent professionals are under the false impression that shared office space and co-working space are the territory of millennials. While millennials do use these spaces frequently, a survey of members by CBRE found the largest percent (63) is aged 31 – 50. These independent professionals choose these office spaces for a variety of reasons including location, having a professional workspace, networking opportunities, and a variety of others. Now that you’ve decided to try it out, you may be asking yourself how to make shared office space work for your business. Here are a few practical tips to ensure your success.
Think about your short- and long-term needs.
If your business is new, it can be difficult to project your needs for office space far in advance. Luckily, companies like Office Evolution offer these spaces with month-to-month terms. If you’re confident that you’ll need the space for an extended amount of time but don’t want to go the traditional office route, try negotiating a better deal by paying upfront for 6 months or a year, rather than by the month.
Understand the costs.
Taking stock of the costs associated with shared office space include more than your monthly membership. If you’re coming from a home office, you need to include added costs such as lunches and coffee runs. You’ll also be commuting, so factor those time and monetary costs in as well. If you currently work from home so that you can watch the kids, child care will also be necessary.
Choose a space with all the tools you need.
If you frequently need to meet with clients, choosing a space with equipped meeting and conference rooms will be a necessary feature of the space. Office Evolution has a fully stocked coffee bar at all times for you and all of your clientele, and a receptionist to greet everyone. If your business requires a lot of paper documents, make sure there is a printer and copier present. Most shared office spaces have these features available, but it’s important to check before you make a commitment. Also consider less obvious amenities, like kitchen facilities.
Consider a private office within a shared office space.
Many shared office space and co-working companies have private office suites on-site while still providing you with access to the business lounges and co-working spaces. If you find you need more privacy and a quieter environment, it is likely worth the additional expense to sign up for a furnished private office. It also has the added benefit of a more professional image.
It’s important to consider the needs of your independent business as you decide what type of office you’ll use. Ask yourself the right questions and you’ll come to an answer you can be confident in. You’ll need to do some research on the options for shared office space to ensure you understand what you’ll be paying and what you’ll be getting for the price.
At Office Evolution Hackensack, we provide virtual office, coworking, and private office solutions at our shared office center. We offer meeting rooms, offices, hot desking in a shared workspace coworking lounge, a shared reception, a business address, and virtual receptionist services. We have many options and price points, and all terms are flexible. Plus, you become part of a community of like-minded professionals.
Whether you live in Teaneck, Bergenfield, Maywood, Teterboro, Hasbrouck Heights, Moonachie, Little Ferry, Rochelle Park, Dumont, Bogota, River Edge, New Milford, Hackensack, Englewood, Paramus, Tenafly, Fort Lee, and other communities nearby in Bergen and Essex counties, choosing Office Evolution Hackensack in New Jersey will help you be more professional, productive, and profitable.