This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Oliver Lewis.
When businesses start out, many owners think they need to rush out and get an office to look professional — and if they don’t, people won’t want to work with them. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and many business owners work from home or from small spaces in their gardens.
As humans, we are social beings, so working from home can get tiresome. Working from a coworking space can be an excellent alternative to having a full office space. In this article we will take a look at the benefits of working from a coworking space.
Increase in Productivity
During this pandemic, many of us have had to work from home. So when I say working from home can decrease your productivity, I’m sure you can agree that there are many distractions when you work from home!
A coworking space takes away the need of wanting to clean the dishes, put the TV on to see the latest news, or any of the thousands of other reasons which can stop you from doing the work you’re supposed to be doing.
Seeing other people working in a coworking space can keep you motivated to get on with your work too.
Better Work-Life Balance
Working from home can have its benefits. Not commuting is nice for some, but working from your home and then living in your home starts to blur the lines, and your body and mind begin to blur between both scenarios. This leads to feeling like you’re not getting a break and can result in employee burnout.
Working from a coworking space can help with this balance. It separates the two scenarios and can give you a better mental state so you can relax in your own home rather than feeling like you are constantly at work.
Renting office space when you don’t truly need it is a waste of money. Most businesses have an office that is too big for them, and as most office rent is billed by the square foot, cutting down on your office space will save you money.
For example, getting rid of your old files and VHS tapes and turning them into DVD copies can get rid of the need to have multiple filing cabinets. It’s also more current and allows you to keep your data safe. You can store your data in multiple locations (such as on the cloud or a hard drive) rather than in a filing cabinet that could be destroyed in the event of a fire.
For a new business, you shouldn’t really have to think about cutting down on square footage usage. Instead you can think about how many desks you will need for your employees. Coworking spaces often charge per desk so you can enjoy more space while only paying for what you need.
As a small business, you should take every opportunity to network with other businesses, and coworking in a location with other startup businesses is a great place to be. Not only does this give you a chance to sell to them, but it also gives you a chance to learn from them and talk to like-minded people.
Business owners are put under a lot of stress, and having someone to run ideas off or just discuss your current situation can take a lot of that stress away.
Working in a coworking space with other businesses could also benefit you since other businesses may remember the services you provide and recommend your services to someone else down the line. You shouldn’t underestimate the power of networking, as a recommendation from someone can make the sales process much easier for you.
Coworking Spaces Adapt to Your Growth
Coworking spaces can adapt to your business growth and needs. If you only need one desk, they can offer that, but if you need 5 desks, a conference room, and an additional desk once a week then this can also be arranged.
Adaptable coworking spaces can mean that you only pay for what you need and all of your company’s budget can go into growing your business.