Could sharing a coworking environment work for you?

Coworking spaces provide small businesses or freelancers with a flexible workspace. This could be a hot desk or dedicated desk, but either way coworking can offer vibrant environments to power your productivity. If you’re a freelancer, a start-up or a small business, there’s a range of ways coworking can benefit your business.

In this blog post Sharon Johnson, head of commercial for Bruntwood shares some tips and ways that coworking can help you and your business.

Finding your next business partner
Coworking can introduce to a lots of new people with various skills and talents, all of whom may be sharing the same location as you. Maybe you need a graphic designer, web developer, copywriter, accountant or architect? Support may be available from just across the desk, and by people that you’ve grown to know and trust.

People sharing coworking spaces often share the same mindset. Enthusiastic individuals who are highly motivated to start, grow and develop their businesses, and thrive upon innovation and creativity. Since you’re all working on your own projects that you truly care about and enjoy working on, productivity can really shine through.

The right working environment 
As a freelancer, or someone that works from home, it might feel like it would be easier to just work from a table or desk at home or simply head to your nearest coffee shop, but working in that way can prove frustrating. At home you might find yourself noticing all the jobs that need doing, or tempted to watch television. In a coffee shop you might find it hard to make private phone calls, plus you’ll never know how busy it’s going to be from one day to the next.

Coworking spaces give you the certainty of a stable working environment, free from distractions. You will know exactly what equipment you have access to, as well as added privacy when you need it, often with access to additional Skype booths and meeting rooms for private calls or meetings.

Join a community
When searching for a coworking space look out for buildings that provide regular events to help you build a bigger and stronger community around you. It’s through these events that you can come together, surround yourself with like-minded, innovative people, network and collaborate.

Increasing productivity
Basing yourself at a coworking space can enable individuals to focus better, with many coworkers finding that such an environment helps to increase motivation and aid productivity flow. You are able to work at own pace, dividing your time between projects as and when you see necessary, and feel motivated by those around you all doing the same thing!

Preventing loneliness
It will probably come as no surprise that working alone can be isolating, with many people finding it affects their mood. Coworking gives you the opportunity to meet new people, and the great thing is that you don’t have to build a work persona, you can simply be yourself. Coworkers are used to being independent. Working in these spaces allows you to get involved in social interaction when you want to, but also the option to work by yourself when needed.

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A professional office without the high costs
When you’re first starting out, or even when you’ve established your small business, you will still want to ensure you’re making a professional impression. Coworking space makes more affordable to obtain a professional office space than renting your own office. You’ll normally be able to book meeting rooms for important business with clients, and in larger office spaces have your visitors greeted by a reception team within the building.

All in all, working in a shared coworking environment can have many benefits to you personally, but also to your business with help, support and flexibility as you need it.

Free Workspace Wednesdays

Sign up for Bruntwood’s Free Workspace Wednesdays at Trafford House on Chester Road and you’ll get a free desk for the day. We will make sure you have everything you need to hit the ground running including free wi-fi and refreshments. Sign up here.

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