In a dynamic world of work, where there is a massive developmental buzz in the freelancing and remote working industry, the use of a traditional office has become somewhat questioned. Why rent a permanent office when you have global clients who will mostly remain in contact through the internet? Surely your sofa is way more comfortable and cheaper, right? With an increase in temporary office solutions and many different office spaces becoming available to unique businesses, the freelancing community still wobbles on this issue whether office space is a requirement or not.
There are certainly benefits to having your own office space. It comes with a certain prestige, locates you geographically, and it can make you seem more legitimate to browsing clients. However, when you consider the monthly payments, unnecessary employee requirements, and all the expenses that come with running a day to day office, freelancers are not easily convinced.
Mega office centers offer freelancers the opportunity to have professional offices, receptionists, equipment, conference facilities, and all the prestige they could want at their beck and call when they need it. Best of all—they only pay for what they use, when they use. Commonly known as a co-working hub, using such facilities will take a lot of the headache out of any freelancing business, leaving only the pain of invoicing to deal with. But, there are invoicing solutions for that too.
So, are you ready to sign up for the nearest shared office spaces available to rent? Look before you leap! Not all office spaces are created, appointed, or managed equally. Here are some considerations to weigh up before you sign up for coworking spaces:
Sharing office space can become expensive if you sign up for more hours or space than you need. Being smart about the amount of time you will need an office or office facilities will help you cut back costs. You might first track your time when you would need an office space using a time tracking app over a month, then averaging that to get a clearer picture of how much time in the coworking space you need.
Deciding on the location of your coworking office can also save money as premium spaces will cost more.
Environment and Amenities
Knowing what your equipment requirements also help you choose. Some offices offer excessive equipment that can be unnecessarily costly and distracting. Making sure the office is clean, well-appointed, and comfortable should be your main consideration. Having sufficient space for the number of colleagues you will share your coworking space with also a prime consideration.
Know Your Neighbors
In a coworking space, you will have “neighbors,” so be mindful of who also rents there, what their business type is, and how it can affect your image and efficiency. Setting up shop next to a bookie, even when you’re only there for a weekly stakeholders meeting, can be bad for business.