If you’re looking into coworking, you’re probably heading into information overload when your weighing up the options. We’ve put together a list of things to look for when comparing coworking spaces, in “Apples with Apples” fashion:
What’s the vibe? What are your cotenants’ values? Is it bringing life into your business, and providing you the ability to give something back too? Is it filled with fun, hard working people in the same boat as you? All these things can have a great positive impact on your business.
Is the coworking space tailored to a specific industry or business? Some coworking spaces are tailored towards creatives or tech startups. Looking for one who caters to your industry can be brilliant for all sorts of reasons, including synergy with other cotenants and also if the space runs events tailored to your industry.
3 Meeting Spaces
It’s great to work side by side with others, although is there space to hold a meeting with a client, or make a private phone call? Most coworking spaces offer options of meeting rooms or a boardroom – it can be tricky without one if your business relies on face to face contact with clients or you run a team in the same area.
4 Office Facilities
What speed is the internet? Can you use a printer? Can someone answer your mobile? Can you send mail to a shared Post Box? Depending on your needs, this is a “must check” when you’re looking for a space.
5 Food and Drink
Does the coworking space have a kitchen or a cafe nearby (or inside it!!)? Is there access to decent coffee within a stone’s throw? A lifesaver if missing your 10am cappuccino will result in slow, painful death.
6 Opening Hours
Make sure that the opening hours of the space suit your business. If you’re a late riser and the coworking space closes at 3pm, you’re probably going to have short days. On the other hand, some coworking spaces offer 24/7 access which may suit you perfectly. Whatever it is, make sure it fits your business and body clock.
7 Noise Level
Can you actually get anything done without getting distracted? Many people struggle to concentrate with plenty happening around them. Others are in their zone. Make sure that you’re comfortable with the noise level – and maybe pack some headphones just in case!
Is there public transport nearby? Is it close to your client or other business districts? Location can be make or break a coworking space
Can you use the same desk or space, day after day? Is it sometimes hard to get a seat? Setting up for the day and packing up at the end of it can easily add on 15 minutes either side. If you’re looking to cowork full time, it’s worth your while to look into options where you can reserve your desk permanently.
All the best in your search for your ideal coworking headquarters. If we’ve missed anything, do let us know in the comments section!