This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Usman Ali.
If you are here right now, it’s apparent that you’ve decided to join a coworking space – and now you want to know how to make the most of it. For starters, know that you’ve taken a wise step because your new workspace will affect your startup, productivity, and business in a whole new way.
We’ve seen people stick to their home offices because they are just not ready to invest in a coworking space. While this does save them a little money, at the end of the day their creativity and productivity levels fall because of their isolation. For a business to be successful, you need to socialize and grow your network. The more you interact with people and the more brains you add to your business, the more successful it gets.
As far as making the most out of your coworking space is concerned, well, that’s precisely what we’re going to talk about today. The environment of a coworking space is quite fluid which is why you can benefit from all the flexibility and versatility and use it to grow your business.
If you are looking for an office space for rent or if you’ve already joined a coworking space, then here are a few things that might come in handy for you:
1. Grow Your Network
Just as we discussed earlier: to grow as a business and take advantage of all the opportunities around, you need to build your network. The more you work on networking, the more benefits you’ll reap out of it, and this is a tried and tested fact.
You cannot expect to grow and be productive by isolating yourself, which is why a coworking space is more of a necessity for your startup. In fact, among all the skills that an entrepreneur needs, one of the most important ones is proficiency at networking.
2. Attend Events
Coworking spaces have a lot to offer, and you should take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. Start by attending any available workshops, happy hours, and events with guest speakers – you need to be a part of it all. This is important not only for your business; in fact, it’s crucial for your personal and professional growth too.
All these successful big business tycoons you see right now? Many of them started out working from coworking spaces, and they socialized with people who then turned into their clients and customers. This is how things work: you meet people, and you either end up getting great ideas from them, you learn new things from them, you make friends with them, or you turn them into your customers.
3. Be Helpful
Don’t opt for proactive helping, instead go for reactive helping where people ask for your assistance, and you provide them accordingly. A little help at the right place at the right time can do wonders for your business and your experience in a coworking space.
4. Contribute to a Happy Work Environment
This one is especially for those who have a whole team working with them on a business idea. The environment you create within a coworking space affects your business in ways that you cannot even imagine.
As a leader, it’s your job to make sure there is passion, motivation, and eagerness in your team to learn and to strive for better outcomes. For that, you need to ensure a happy work environment where people are appreciated for their struggles and efforts.
5. Be Respectful
You’ll have your differences with people, your opinions may not always agree, but that’s where you need to act mature. You are in a coworking space, and you are supposed to be respectful of what others think, how they think, and what opinions they have.
It’s just what we said earlier that a happy workplace environment can take your business a long way, so focus on that and try not to get into an argument with someone – especially when you are sharing a professional workspace.
Follow these tips, and we assure you that you’ll see the difference on your own. If you use your coworking membership the right way, wonders can happen for your business!
About the Author:
Usman Ali is a Digital Marketing Expert with good experience in Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Optimization. He is currently working at TheDesk – an innovative Coworking space in Islamabad, Pakistan. He is passionate about Digital Marketing and loves to write on various topics and express his thoughts in the form of write-ups. You can find him on LinkedIn.