Freelancers, young professionals and entrepreneurs often find that working in shared offices is a lot more cost-effective and convenient. In addition to the fact that the rent is a lot lower than leasing an entire office for your work, one needn't have to worry about setting up an office with furniture, equipment and other infrastructure.
However, when hunting for a shared office space, here are a few common errors that you want to avoid to make sure that you get the better end of the deal-
- Not Knowing what you are Getting Into
Many shared office spaces choose to organize networking events and encourage community interactions through play times and happy hours. While this can be an excellent way to get to know others who work here, it can also prove to be distracting. Before you sign up for a shared space, make sure you enquire about the activity schedule and check if attending these events is mandatory. Also make it a point to get an idea on the kind of professionals that work here. It would do you good to pick an office where the people are in complementary industries for long-term collaborations.
- Not Assessing your Needs
Many co-working spaces are designed for specific business types. They will all have a different culture or vibe. Make sure that you find one that is right for your line of work. If you are into portfolio management, working alongside advertisers or game developers may not suit you.
Finally, do not make the mistake of overlooking the importance of location. Not only do you want to be in a space that is convenient to get to, but you also want to find one where you would like your clients to "see" you.