This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Elsie Cook.
Coworking spaces are more common today than ever before. They are good choices for startup companies and the self-employed. They also can be useful for larger companies that want to reduce costs and network with other professionals.
One of the best things about the fast-growing coworking industry is the options available. Choosing the right coworking space, however, is not an easy task. With so many coworking spaces to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stuck in analysis.
But what should you look for when you are choosing a coworking space? Here’s a good list:
Most coworking spaces have standard office amenities, but you should ask for any extras that come with it such as projectors, whiteboards, chargers, etc. Also, check if the meeting rooms and printing services are included in the monthly rate. It also helps if there is a kitchen to reduce lunch costs.
There are many coworking spaces available in most cities. You can probably find one in your area that fits your look and feel. You want a spot that encourages you to work productively and has the potential for networking.
Did you know that temperature, lighting, moisture, and noise all affect productivity? Some coworking spaces are too cool or hot to work comfortably, and others have too much noise to write summary depositions. Carefully check the temperature, light, and noise level of the space you are considering.
Most employees say they can be more productive if they can change locations as they work. Being flexible in terms of working hours and location is a high priority for many professionals. See if your coworking membership plan allows you to move about.
Coworking spaces are great for networking and collaboration. You never know if you are sitting next to the best programmer in town who can help you with the backend of your new website.
It does not matter how attractive your coworking space is if the Internet is something out of the early 2000s. It is important to check that the Wi-Fi connection is fast, and be sure to test it yourself at various times of the day before you sign anything.
It is good to choose a space that allows you to increase your company productivity. Many spaces have good perks including gyms, yoga, children’s rooms, patios outside, and much more. Complimentary tea and coffee are routine, too.
You should be able to access the space when you are busiest. Some people have the best productivity during the morning, while others only get rolling at sundown. Whatever your time of the day is, make sure it’s available when you are at your best.
You have to think about how to get the best return from your investment. Therefore prioritizing what you need and what you want to get out of your coworking space is vital. Everyone wants to work in a premium space with everything at their disposal, but if you are on a budget, compromise is your friend.