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Coworking Spaces in America: What You Need to Know

Coworking Spaces in America: What You Need to Know

Coworking presents businesses with a unique office space set-up that has many advantages. Not only do you get to mash it up with a diverse array of professionals, but the space is also a platform for getting a number of tasks completed, in addition to those central to work. Within the United States, you will find both your very basic coworking space to those on the higher end of the spectrum.

All of these spaces operate under the same mission of providing a community and place to establish business relationships in combination with a workspace. If looking to work in a shared space, there are as many factors to consider in not only choosing a space but also in how to use the space to your business’s advantage. While the list is long, things to take into consideration really relate to the goals and objectives of your business.

Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know before joining a coworking space.

Pay Attention To Amenities

The more notable Servcorp coworking space and others that operate on a global scale provide a lot of amenities. The added advantage to being provided workspace and social space is that these companies have spaces around the world, so if you do find yourself travelling for work or pleasure, you inevitably can reserve office space. While these offices typically might not be as quaint as smaller coworking communities, they are convenient, inexpensive ways to transition into larger space.

Conversely, while you might not be able to access facilities worldwide, smaller coworking spaces can provide your business with a close-knit community that can cater to the needs of your business. These communities tend to be a more eclectic mix of professionals from various industries where the community ultimately defines the space. With an emphasis on promoting community interaction, these spaces make networking and collaborating very comfortable.

Focus On Community Events

When looking for a space, consider one in which community events play a central role in the coworking space. One of the reasons this is of import is because these events present businesses with the opportunity to build relationships with each other, especially the more social events like barbecues. In a more relaxed environment, professionals become more comfortable with each other, get to know one another, and form trusting business relationships.

Focus On Relationships

The types of relationships that develop through interacting in a coworking space are both friendships and business relationships. These relationships are central to the types of work that can get done in the space. Partnership and collaboration opportunities give businesses the chance to not only gain valuable industry knowledge but to also raise the business’s visibility. Furthermore, these relationships can develop into major opportunities to find mentors, who are always great resources from which to draw.

Take Advantage of Community Resources

Your coworking space is like no other space in the office landscape in that it offers businesses resources in terms of people and the community itself. Because there is typically a diversity of professions in coworking spaces, you have a wealth of information right there in your building –  everything from information as it relates to the costs of goods and services, to information as it relates to hiring contractors, to information related to industry practices. Not only are people really good resources, but space managers also function as great places to find out information about the greater business community.

Finding Your Community

The coworking space is a diverse and complex one in that each space is different than others, even though they have the same mission. In choosing a space, match your business needs with that of the community by taking inventory of the priorities. In the end, the coworking community you choose can be the platform and resource for building your business’s success.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.