Gone are the days of being forced to choose between working at a corporate office or from the comfort of your own home. (Which both have their pros and cons). Now you can have the perfect mix of both at a co-working space. Co-working spaces have been rapidly increasing by numbers over the last few years. It is an innovative way of working that has brought with it many benefits.
Whether you choose a private, lockable workspace for your team; an exclusive workspace that would make any executive feel right at home; a virtual office so you can work from anywhere or a meeting room or boardroom for an hour or more –creative shared-office spaces like Flexispace, which is a proudly South African co-working initiative -offer an environment that cultivates community chemistry to nurture healthy business growth, worthy impact & increased well-being. While we could go on and on about the advantages of co-working spaces, here are 7 attractions to keep in mind if you’re considering a co-working membership or office space.
Imagine an environment without the formality of a corporate office space but still more structure than your home office. Co-working spaces have less procedures and distractions, leading to more efficiency. Being surrounded by other hardworking professionals like you can also give you that extra boost of motivation. You’ll also have access to professional amenities like fast wi-fi, copy machines and fully equipped meeting rooms that will help you make the right impression all while increasing your productivity.
Being a freelancer or small business can be difficult and lonely when you don’t have a sense of community. With co-working spaces, you can still work by yourself but not alone. You’ll be introduced to many individuals that can serve as resources or sounding boards. Places like Flexispace, also offer educational & partnership platforms that will serve as resources to help grow your business.
Not only do co-working spaces encourage a great sense of community, but they support business by fostering connections. Many co-working members and tenants have noticed a significant increase in new clients due to the relationships they’ve established at their place of work. Co-working spaces give your business more exposure to a diverse group of potential clients. It’s also a great way to find new people to work with. That amazing designer you’ve been looking for might just be sitting right next to you!
Unlike a traditional office, co-working spaces consist of members and tenants working for a wide range of companies. This unique environment gives you an opportunity to gather insight and collaborate with like-minded professionals in different industries. Co-working spaces typically see less direct competition and more collaboration.
Increased Well Being
Although everyone knows the importance of a work-life balance, unfortunately a lot of today’s workplaces don’t have an environment to support that. With amenities that promote a healthy work-life balance such as chill areas, coffee stations, Friday afternoon snacks and drinks – you’re able to do your job in a healthier, more relaxed environment. Employee well-being doesn’t just make people happy; it makes your business happy too.
Running a small business or freelancing can already have quite a few overhead costs. Becoming a member or tenant of a co-working space is an easy way to eliminate many of those. No need to worry about additional utility bills or service providers. Everything you need is ready for you, just bring your laptop!
Many new businesses or freelancers aren’t able to fully commit to long office leases or large deposits. With various membership options, you can choose what works for you and your business. Go month-to-month or even daily if you’d like. Members of co-working spaces also have the flexibility to set their own schedule and work when they prefer. No need to work around certain operating hours or someone else’s schedule.