Guest Blog Post
The thought of working from home can be appealing: no commuting, no distractions, you don’t even have to change out of your pyjamas. Working at home may seem like a luxury, but studies show that working in an office actually vastly increases productivity. Time to get back in that 9-5 rhythm and get yourself a coworking space. But before you make the big leap and take your business up a notch, here’s what you need to look for:
Some coworking spaces are a melting pot of different industries and ideas. For instance, the Collab space in New York City strives to foster an environment of creativity by bringing together people in different fields. On the other hand, some spaces are highly focused: BluePrint Health in NYC is specifically catered to people working in all branches of the healthcare industry.
The cost of a coworking space is often unpredictable. The price can fluctuate wildly depending on size, location, benefits, and the length of your contract. If all you’re looking for is a place to sit and work, you can find a space in the $200-$300 range, but you may have to be willing to commute. If you’re looking for perks and benefits along with a nice view, you can easily find a space in the $400-$600 range that’s also in a desirable location, so it may be worth it to invest.
Location is more than just a great view. That view of Central Park or the Hudson River is nothing if the neighborhood has nothing to offer. Networking is really important, so choose a location that is close to things important to your business. A great location could mean the difference between being isolated and making that connection that could bring your business to the next level.
Perks and Benefits
Coworking spaces can cost a pretty penny, so you want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Some coworking spaces don’t offer much besides a desk, but some offer everything from 3D printers and coffee bars to art classes and a gym memberships. Coworking spaces strive to create an environment where you can thrive and grow your business, so look out for spaces that host and facilitate networking events and lectures where you can meet people in your field.
If you’re looking for a place where your small business has room to grow, assessing a coworking space’s amenities should be at the top of your list. You can find a place to sit and work anywhere, but the corner coffee shop will never compare to some of the amazing things coworking spaces have to offer. Some spaces have conference rooms and private offices, while others boast media centers, libraries, classrooms, and event spaces.
Whether you’re a freelance graphic designer, a writer, or you’re building the next big app, a coworking space will take your business to the next level. If you’re looking for a non-traditional office environment where entrepreneurs can meet and ideas can thrive, then a coworking space is exactly what you’re looking for.
Gabrielle Montoute is a freelance writer who is a New York City native currently living and working in Los Angeles. Gabrielle graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in TV Studio Production. You can find her comedy writing at ipeakedinkindergarten.tumblr.com and her occasionally funny tweets about video games @gmontoute on Twitter.