You’ve been working from home for some time now and probably your house has never looked better. Your lawn is mowed every week, you have mastered even the most difficult recipes, dirty clothes basket is never more than half-full but your work productivity dropped and you wish to have someone to talk about, well basically anything, just to talk to someone.
You’ve been working from home for some time now and probably your house has never been a more annoying place. There is always someone asking you where is a remote control or clean trousers, constantly watching Netflix with volume hitting up the roof and you lost track of time because all the days are the same hectic routine.
It doesn’t matter whether you can relate to scenario 1 or 2 more, the solution might be the same – to have a place where you can focus solely on work and not being distracted by kids or Friends in the background.
Coworking is not a solution for everything (the remote control has to be found eventually) but it is a good place to go to get some work done and be part of an interesting and supportive community.
Great, you decided to give it a go, but how to find the right space for you!
Step 1: What is important
Put down what is necessary for your work and what would be nice-to-have. You can use this checklist as a good start:
|Dedicated desk||Snacks||Standing desk|
|Hot desk||Onsite restaurant||Kitchen|
|Phone booths||Meeting rooms||Storage space|
|Parking space||Events||Monitors, chargers,…|
|Public transport connection||High-speed wifi||Registered office address|
|Bike rack||Onsite accommodation||Mail handling|
|Shower||Dog friendly||Call answering service|
|City centre location||Printer/scanner||Weekend access|
|Free tea & coffee||Outdoor area||Wheelchair access|
Step 2: Do the research and shortlist 3-5 spaces
You can use Google maps to search for a place close to you or you can use for example Coworker which has a very good database of coworking spaces around the world and allows you to easily compare them including prices, amenities, pictures of space…
It also lets you get in touch with the coworking space or book a tour.
Step 3: Try them out
Coworking spaces offer tours around their spaces and most of them will also give you a free trial day.
Don’t be shy and use the opportunity! You might find out that one space is too formal or you might feel uncomfortable answering your calls because it is too quiet. Try phone booths, change desks and different rooms in the space and talk with members of the space.
You will get the vibe of the community which is the thing that differentiates coworking spaces probably the most. They can be focused on tech, creatives, sustainability, startups,…
The spaces also very often organize specialised seminars and workshops suitable for their communities, social events, networking etc. So pick the one you feel the most comfortable at and what might be an interest of yours. (Taking part is not compulsory of course, but they are great fun).
Step 4: Learn about membership types
The community manager of the space will tell you about the different membership levels they offer. Coworking spaces are very flexible and with the correct membership type, you will pay only for what you use. You might only need 2-days access in a month for your meetings or you are looking for a full-time base. Some of the spaces can give you also an option to change your membership every month so you can adjust it to your schedule and holidays.
If travelling is part of your job or it is part of your lifestyle, ask whether the coworking space has branches abroad you can visit with the membership you have or if they have some kind of a deal with other spaces.
Step 5: Read the contract
You have chosen the One and you’re about to sign up. But before you do, read the contract and check specifically things such as:
- how long are you signing up for,
- how can you change the type of your membership,
- how to cancel it,
- how long is the cancellation period.
If everything works for you, it is time to grab for a pen and put down your name.
The only thing remaining now is to enjoy the space, community and get the maximum out of your membership.
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