If you want to sign up for a co working space you need to make sure that you’ll be able to maximize your membership. A co working space can boost your productivity and can help your business grow but only if you know how to take advantage of its many features. Below are tips on how you can make the most of a shared office set up.
Try to mingle
Co working spaces present a good opportunity to build and expand your network. So try to socialize as much as you can. When you work from home, you have very little chance to socialize with people from outside your household. And if you’re working in a traditional office, then you’ll only get to socialize with your coworkers. But in a co working space, you can even meet people from outside your industry. When you socialize with these people you may get new ideas and start looking at your work with a different perspective.
Always remember the reason why you signed up with a co working space in the first place: you want to be productive. If you’re not being productive in a co working space, then there really is no reason for you to stay there. Just like a traditional office, co-working spaces can also be filled with distractions. So it really is still up to you on how you can minimize the distractions that can affect your work. Being in a co-working space will not automatically increase your productivity. Being productive is something that you have to constantly work on.
Be part of the community
Co working spaces are not just physical structures where people work. It is also a community of people made up of the people who work there and the staff. Being part of a community can be healthy and is something that you’ll miss when you work from home. When you’re part of a community you know that there are always people you can turn to when you need help or support. Some members of your community can even become your clients or your partners eventually. And if there are more experienced members of the community, then you can ask them for advice or opinions.
You should also be ready to help people who belong to your co working space community. But it’s a good idea to offer help only when other people ask for it. This is because offering help when it’s not being asked can do more harm than good. It can lead to friction and can make things more complicated. Just make it known to other people that you’re available to help whenever they need assistance. Don’t go around trying to offer help.
Always be respectful
Keep in mind always that you’re sharing working space with other people. So you need to be respectful if you also want to be respected. Don’t distract other people and always clean up after yourself. Basically, just don’t be a jerk.