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Consider These 8 Factors When Choosing a Co-Working Space

Are you looking for the right shared space for running a business? We gathered 8 tips on how to choose the right co-working space for you.

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Mar 9, 20163 minutes
Blog Author - Justworks
Justworks

Justworks is a technology company that levels the playing field for all small businesses. Through our software and as a partner, we help our customers take care of their teams, streamline their operations, and navigate the complex aspects of managing a workforce with confidence.

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If you’re running a business in the 21st century, a rental lease doesn’t necessarily have to be in the mix — especially if you’re just starting out. Whether you have a three person team or you’re working remotely, shared spaces are a great option to energize your small business.

We sat down with Cassidy North-Reist, Director of Community at Nomadworks (formerly Grind), and asked her what it’s like to work there. Read on to find out what Cassidy has to say on the benefits of shared space for work and finding the right spot for you.

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4 Questions with Cassidy:

What is your role?

I’m the Director of Community, which means I handle all of our partnerships, events (internal and external), and community initiatives.

What is one of your favorite parts of the job?

We're still a relatively young company, so we all wear many hats. I like that I can be working on planning a community event one day and touring a new potential space the next. Our team is really small and really close, so the founders include us in many decisions that are made, which is so nice. It feels great to be a part of an idea and company that I believe in...it definitely makes it easier to get out of bed in the morning!

Does the Grind team work in the Grind spaces?

Yes, we do! Everyone on the team — including our founders — works out of the shared space.

What do you love most about being in a co-working space?

I'm a people person, so having the energy of all our members around me each day is hugely motivating. Also, as someone who one day hopes to start a business of my own, it's quite inspiring to be around so many successful entrepreneurs. To be a part of a community that's as diverse and experienced as ours is pretty priceless. Also, it's just fun to see new faces in your office every single day — it keeps things exciting!

Here are Grind's 8 Recommended Factors to Look for When Choosing a Co-Working Space:

1. The People

What kind of companies/people work out of the space? Does it cater to a specific industry or is it industry-agnostic (like Grind)? Is there a gender balance? Age balance? What kinds of people would you like to surround yourself with.

2. The Location

Is this an area of town that's convenient for you and your clients/people who will be visiting? Pick a place that makes your commute easy!

3. The Staff

The coworking space's staff is, in a sense, representing you and your company, as they're the people greeting your guests when they come see you. Make sure that they're kind and helpful — it helps if they're people you'd like to be friends with!

4. The Design

Is lighting important to you? How about the chair you sit in for eight hours? Do you prefer standing desks? Know what design details help you do your best work and look for them in potential spaces.

5. The Amenities

Figure out whether having good coffee at your disposal is important. Or a kegerator. Or catered lunches. Each space has unique amenities that matter to some people and don't to others.

6. The Price

Don't commit to something that you can't really afford. It'll stress you out and detract from your overall work experience. On the other hand, don't skimp. You'll end up choosing a place that you don't really love and won't thrive in.

7. The Programming

If you're interested in attending events at your space, make sure to ask what kind of programming they offer. Events can differ vastly from space to space. You might even consider attending a few events at various spaces (if they are not members-only) to get a feel for things.

8. The Vibe

You'll get a distinct vibe the minute you walk into a co-working space. Go with your gut — if it feels right, you'll know.

Conclusion

When it comes to running your business, you know what will work best. Tour some spaces and find that workplace zen, so you’ll be at peak productivity.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.
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Mar 9, 20163 minutes

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