Do you, like more and more Americans, work from home now? While many workers have benefited from the ability to work at home, others need a space outside the house as well. Fortunately, today's remote workers have many choices when it comes to shared or co-working office spaces they can use on their own. What should you look for in yours? Here are 5 options to keep an eye out for.
1. Options for Working. First of all, a coworking space should facilitate getting actual work done. Think about the types of work you do — usually alone — during the week. Do you work at a computer, make drawings, use mobile devices, use specialized office equipment, prepare presentations, stuff envelopes, or assemble goods? What sort of different work areas does each task need? If your labors are varied, you need a coworking space that's similarly variable.
2. Options for Meeting. Whom do you meet with during the course of your workweek? Most remote workers meet with clients or potential clients, but they may also meet regularly with a supervisor or other coworkers. Look for a facility that provides options for meeting with others — ranging from large conference rooms to small group chat areas and private one-on-one rooms.
3. Options for Videoconferencing. Videoconferencing is already a key part of businesses' operations, and it's likely to stay that way. Make sure your chosen location has good internet services and is set up to keep up with the internet and video needs of all its clients working at once. Look not only for dedicated videoconferencing spaces like conference rooms but also spaces you can hold impromptu or less formal video chats in attractive and private surroundings.
4. Options for Hours. One of the big perks for working at home is often that you can set your own schedule. Don't choose an office that limits the times you can choose from. While many may not need 24-hour availability, some workers do. And what about coming in early or on a weekend? Be sure to find out how busy they are at different times too, so you can always find a workspace.
5. Options for Comfort. Don't overlook your own comfort and enjoyment in this space. After all, the perk of not being tied to the traditional office is that you can work the way you want to work. So if you like to get outdoors, look for outdoor spaces. If you like to gossip over the water cooler, look for a vibrant coworker community. If you like to lounge on the couch while reading periodicals, test the sofas. Find your own home away from home.
Want to know more about how coworking spaces can make your work life and home life better? Start by touring a shared office space in your area today.