Choosing a coworking space is no easy task. With hundreds of coworking spaces visible around you, it’s easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis. However one blessing about the growth of this industry is options. You have the choice to pick exactly what it is you want out of your space and finding the right environment is paramount to creativity, output and professional fulfilment. Therefore this article will give you an insight on how to choose a coworking space that fits your every need.
When choosing the right coworking space, a huge factor and the first place to start is location. Although finding the right environment for you is important, factors such as the commute is essential. Finding a space that is near transport links is very handy, especially if you’re after a 24 hour work space. Researching into ways of commuting back and forth at all hours of the day will benefit you in the long run. As well as public transport, whether you want to run, walk, drive or cycle into work, facilities such as showers, bike lock docks and parking spaces will be really important.
Choosing the right coworking space for you is important; this means that the atmosphere needs to feel right for you, whether that be if you need natural lighting or warmth, a great view or somewhere easily accessible to an open space. Look out for qualities that make you feel comfortable and want to spend time in everyday, these qualities will be what help you work to the best of your ability, and you’re using the space as effectively as you can for your productivity and state of mind.
Here at Square Works we take pride in our location on Berkeley Square. Our members have access to the tranquil greenery of Berkeley Square Gardens and Cabot Towers with its breathtaking views over the whole of Bristol. Spaces like these on your doorstep give you the mindful break you sometimes need from work.
Well-being is the top of everyone’s radar as working schedules seem to increase week after week, it’s easy to neglect our well-being. It’s so important to have the right work-life balance, so finding a coworking space that offers regular workout, network and mindfulness events can be useful.
Well-being has been a huge part of Square Works architecture design process. There is natural lighting throughout the building and flexible desks so members can take a fresh approach for the space. Square Works host a Yoga class with Tilly every Tuesday, so members can leave their work behind and enjoy some tranquillity.
Facilities should be high on your list of considerations, in terms of what you need and what your business will demand as it grows. Looking for a space that has a professional finish with all the equipment you need (and reliable equipment) and the right room layouts to support effective meetings, are all things you’re going to need to consider when looking to hold potential client meetings.
Is the space cost effective? Are you getting as much out of it as you’re putting in. Small things such as furniture, are you going to be comfortable sitting in the chairs provided for the long hours you work?
You want a coworking community that actively facilitates networking opportunities and at Square Works, we believe that your coworking community should help build your business. With so many professionals under one roof, it’s beneficial to know who is in your building; a random connection can be a stepping stone in your business’ long term success.
A lot of coworking spaces organise weekly community events, including talks from inspiring entrepreneurs and brands. Many of the events bring together many influential people, which is a great opportunity for networking with like-minded people and give you the opportunity to build relationships. Square Works hosts weekly and monthly events including prosecco Thursdays, We Mean Biz networking lunch, wellbeing and career advice workshops.
The biggest takeaway tip when it comes to finding the right coworking space for you is to get as much out of your space and surroundings as you’re putting into your work. You want to support both your business goals and your own well being. Question how the space makes you feel, will it help drive and hone your ambitions? Are your skills a good fit for the community? What amenities do they have that will maximise your experience? Are you making the most out of your money with this space?