The world of technology is changing the way people are working. Gone are the days where business owners had to spend their capital on expensive office space just to secure a professional image for their brand. Today, new and small business owners have so many more options open to them when it comes to office space, with one of the most popular being coworking space.
Shared offices are popping up all over the country, but they are also very popular in the UK and Europe. They’re ideal for entrepreneurs who are looking for a low risk way to see if their business idea will gain traction and they’re a perfect cost effective solution for all kinds of established small to medium sized business owners.
While sharing office space is all well and good, the important thing to remember is that you have to respect others working around you. To help you do this, we give you 4 things to bear in mind in a shared office:
1. Make the Most of those Around You
Shared office space is so successful because it allows business owners to work alongside other business owners in a way that just isn’t possible with traditional office space. It’s an open, collaborative environment where new ideas can be harnessed and flourish.
Business owners have the space and facilities to work on their projects but they also have the opportunity to bounce ideas off other business owners and learn new things. Make the effort to network with those in your office space and your experience will be a much more beneficial one.
2. Be Considerate
Don’t be that person who always leaves their coffee cup in the communal area. And don’t be that person who eats lunch at their desk and leaves empty wrappers everywhere.
This is shared space after all so being tidy and considerate of other people will work in your favour.
Studies have shown that a tidy workplace can enhance productivity and overall work ethic so not only will you be helping those around you, you’ll also be improving your own attitude and bottom line.
3. Utilise your Facilities
Most shared offices have meeting and/or conference rooms, training rooms, projectors, audio and video conferencing, catering services, internet access and more so use these facilities to your advantage.
Doing so will cut down on your expenses and prevent you from feeling too scattered, which is exactly how you’d feel if you had to leave your office space to access all of these things.
4. Don’t Forget Your Headphones
Whilst you’re doing your best to be considerate of your co-workers (see tip #2), others may not be as co-operative when it comes to talking on the phone or speaking with one another, listening to music, etc.
Your saviour in situations like these will be your trusted headphones so don’t leave home without them. Many people choose to invest in a high quality pair that also has the ability to cancel out noise, which is ideal if you want complete quietness without having to listen to music.
Sharing office space comes with so many benefits that it’s easy to see why so many people are leaving traditional office space behind and opting for a less expensive, more social and more open working environment.
With the tips outlined above, you should be ready to pack up your laptop and join them!