Whether you’re working solo or looking to collaborate in kick-starting new projects, your coworking space should be the place that provides everything you need to get your business going. Operating from a coworking space has many benefits. But how do you make sure that you get the most out of it?
We’ve curated a list of practical tips you can do to maximise your coworking space experience!
Here’s a brief overview:
- Make use of the amenities and equipment
- Take part in social events and gatherings
- Get to know your community manager
- Use the office location to your advantage
- Know that help is always at hand
While modern coworking spaces offer their members all of the basic amenities like high-speed internet, conference rooms, print and copy machines, etc, some coworking spaces exceed expectations in their amenity offerings. While complimentary drinks and snacks are always a crowd favorite, bike racks and showers encourage a healthier route to work, phone booths provide some privacy when taking client calls, and ping pong tables allow members to de-stress after a long day.
Whether it’s specific film equipment, coat racks, or first aid kits, always check in with the office staff if they have the facilities and equipment that you might need before buying them for yourself.
Sometimes members are afraid to ask about what resources are available to them and just wait until someone else starts using them. Here’s an in-house example: when JJ Chen, founder of Captain Bagrat podcast, started using our podcast studio, it inspired the rest of the community to follow suit.
Be reminded that these facilities are there for you. All you have to do is ask!
Coworking communities provide the perfect setting to meet new people and expand your network. Don’t be afraid to bring out the social butterfly in you and get to know the other members of your coworking space. Use your coworking time to establish new contacts for any opportunities that may arise in the future.
Most coworking spaces host events that aim to deepen its members’ sense of community. Try and attend as much of these as you can. Whether it’s a seminar, workshop or pitch event, you’ll be able to learn new skills, meet new people and expand your business opportunities.
While you’re at it, bring some business cards, step out of your comfort zone to introduce yourself and meet new people and most importantly, listen and have fun.
The portfolio of unique skills and experiences in the space makes for the great potential of finding specific expertise you might need in your future endeavors and vice versa.
Did you know, at HHQ we host several free in-house events for our members like Friday drinks, motivational Monday treats, founders’ lunch, and even attend boxing classes together!
If you can’t seem to find the right event for you, why not organise your own?
Most coworking spaces have a community manager who keeps their finger on the pulse of the community. They’ll be spending a lot of time learning about their members, so they would be a walking directory of who and what is available. Not only can the community manager help you get the most from all the space has to offer, but they can also help point you to outside networks as well.
You’d be surprised at the broad range of things you can ask your community manager. Here are a few examples to give you some ideas:
- What are the upcoming events or networking opportunities at the office this week?
- I want to film some content for my website. What amenities are available for me to use?
- I’m looking to drive growth to my page through content. Do you have any contacts on social media or content marketing experts you can connect me with?
- Do we have an ironing board or a steam iron here at the office? I’ve got a big meeting coming up but my shirt’s badly wrinkled.
- Where can I get the cheapest beers around Chinatown?
- My client’s coming by for a meeting with me at the office today. Can you map out the closest parking building for me?
Don’t forget that the community managers at your coworking space are always there and happy to help. Consider them as your fairy godparents and they just want you to do your best work!
Most coworking spaces, especially if in the city, are located near central business districts or other major areas. By positioning your business in these areas, you’re providing convenience to your clients, staff, and even new business opportunities.
Ease of access will allow your business more face time with clients. Dining, entertainment, and culture hubs provide unparalleled opportunities to meet with and entertain clients. This will result in clearer communication, more value and increased retention through improved customer service.
Positioning your startup in the CBD is a great way to boost first impressions and elevate prospective clients’ perception of your business.
Make sure you consider factors like public transport, parking, food, and other nearby services when making your choice because these can benefit you in the long run.
Don’t limit your membership to that desk space. One of the most beneficial things about being at a coworking space is the connections you make.
An effective way to engage with the community and get people talking is through events. Keep yourself posted on what’s going on by checking your local communication channel or group chat. Coworking spaces often have Slack pages to keep everyone in the loop. At Haymarket HQ, we mainly use WeChat as many of our companies are active in the Asian space.
Coworking spaces offer more than just a shared workspace and customer service, many offer business support, in-house mentorship, educational events, and other methods to help accelerate your business. Simply ask your local staff for any help.
Choosing the right coworking space is key to reaching your peak productivity. Main factors to consider are the people (members and staff), location, the space itself and amenities, the price, and the overall vibe.
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