The Ultimate Coworking Space Guide for Entrepreneurs
There are many benefits to working for yourself, whether you have an established business or you are a budding entrepreneur, it can be an incredibly exciting time. However, like with most things, there can be the odd downside, and in this case it has to be the isolation.
Whether you are a freelancer, entrepreneur, independent contractor or part of a start-up, there is no denying that going it alone can be difficult at times. It is no wonder that there has been such an influx of coworking and shared office spaces popping up around the world over the recent years; with a clear gap in the market when it comes to creative coworking spaces, gone are the days where a coffee shop was enough for the lone worker.
But why have these establishments become so needed over recent years? We have put together an all you need to know guide into the benefits of working from a coworking space, and how you can boost your creativity simply from being around others!
Step 1: Figuring Out Your Motives
If you’ve gotten to this point, then you must have some interest in working collaboratively, and want to know more. The first question that may come to mind is; but why bother? Not only is your current setup from the comfort of your own home, but also it’s cheap (well free!), more convenient and you don’t even have to get dressed if you don’t want to!
Well, the first thing to figure out is your motivation for moving to a coworking space. What has brought you to the Areaworks website, or to any coworking office in the first place? What is wrong with your current set up? Once you know what drives you, you will be better equipped to get the most out of your coworking experience.
Step 2: Creativity
Working from home can be great, but there is only so long you can spend staring at the same 4 walls and having nobody but the cat to bounce ideas off! Working from a space designed specifically to boost creativity will not only be great for your business, but also for your mental health. Putting yourself into a new and exciting environment will spur you on to get creative and recharge your focus.
Not all coworking spaces will ignite your creative flare, so it is always a good idea to shop around. If you are into a formal office set up, then a quick Google search will help find you a space. If you are more on the quirky side, coworking spaces like our Hackney or Manor House spaces might be right up your street! Areaworks is equipped with good staff, great coffee and even better rooftop views! Perfect to blow away the mental cobwebs that have developed over the years working from home!
Step 3: Connectivity
Whether you are a few months or even years into your business, no man (or woman) is an island. You might not think so at first, but trust us – over time you will thrive off working alongside like-minded folks who share your passion for business.
Our coworking spaces offer the option of working collaboratively, or not. You can find yourself a quiet nook to get your head down over a brew, or you can be part of the communal areas where ideas are banded around and inspiration is flowing.
Step 4: Location
Many coworking spaces are based in big cities surrounded by the buzz of daily life – and there is good reason for it too. Similar to many other city coworking spaces, Areaworks is right in the hustle and bustle of London. We love the culture, the food and the people that make up our communities, and it really does make for a brilliant location to work from.
Step 5: Knowing Your Vibe
If you are a freelance writer, a coworking space full of artists and graphic designers may not necessarily be what will get your juices flowing. Knowing your own vibe and the sort of business you’re in will help determine the perfect coworking space for you.
Most coworking office spaces will offer the option to take a look around free of charge, and if this option is made available to you, then we certainly recommend you take it! Areaworks allows you to book a date that suits your schedule to come for a look around, have a chat and a coffee. We give you the chance to get a feel for the people and the place and whether the facilities suit your needs.
Step 6: Weighing Up Your Options
Ultimately the choice is yours, whether you want a quiet office once a week to get out of the house, or you are after a more regular set up – these are all things you need to weigh up before committing to any particular coworking space.
There are plenty of important factors to consider, from your budget through to your technology needs. If budget is a concern, you’ll be amazed just how affordable coworking spaces can be – often cheaper than a cup of your favourite coffee, making them better value than a day at a coffee shop!
Some offices may also be kitted out with the most up-to-date mod cons, whilst others may have the absolute minimum. Knowing what questions to ask when enquiring into a space will save you a lot of time and money, so do your research and make a list of anything you are unsure of! Have a read of our ‘Top 3 Tips to choosing the right coworking space‘ blog, to help determine the best questions to ask.
Step 7: Consider Areaworks Coworking Office Space
The final (and perhaps most important) step in our guide to coworking for entrepreneurs and freelancers is us! Areaworks offers more than just a space, we have communities in professional and thriving parts of London. Across our two locations, we have developed spaces that up and coming entrepreneurs, freelancers…anyone could really get their ideas into motion. We have built our spaces to suit their surrounds, building communities in your area, with our areas.
We offer an affordable range of payment plans to suit everyone, from as little as £9 a day to use one of our office spaces with no commitment necessary, which will include all the perks (coffee!), and everything you could need to get things done. Take a peek at our packages here to see if there is something that suits your needs.
Areaworks is a provider of open supportive coworking office spaces in accessible areas throughout London. We don’t believe in stuffy central locations, long commutes, impersonal and uptight environments. We believe there’s a better way of working, and we’re here to make it happen: in our areas, with our areas. We believe in opening up communities that inspire progress and open up opportunities. We offer complete turnkey work place solutions for start-ups, creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. We design our desk coworking to feel open, to encourage collaboration and productivity, to inspire you to think differently. Areaworks currently has two coworking spaces in prime London locations. The first resides in Manor House, an area very close to our hearts (and where it all began). Our second space recently opened in Hackney, one of the fastest growing areas for all things innovation, in London. If you are looking for a coworking space in London, which provides you with the environment and opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals, then we have the perfect place for you.