Your small business has an office. You go there every day (probably for too many hours), get what you can done, and then leave wondering if you actually accomplished anything. You read an article about coworking and think it sounds pretty amazing, but know that you’re doomed to stay in the same office rut forever.
Or are you?
Now, more small business owners are freeing themselves from their offices a couple of days a week to reap the benefits of being surrounded by other successful, inspirational business owners. Like one visitor to Suite Spotte said, “It’s like a never-ending, no-pressure networking event. Plus, you actually get tons of work done!”
If you have ever been curious about using a coworking space as your second office, here are 6 benefits to leaving your office behind every once in a while and embracing coworking.
You could go to all the live conferences in the world and it still wouldn’t beat working closely with a group of other business owners and entrepreneurs day after day. Working this intimately together builds trust and confidence in each other, which in turn could lead to an infinite number of business partnership and referral opportunities.
Distractions can run rampant in an office. If an employee comes running in with an “urgent” yet simple question, any focus on that truly important task you were working on before that moment is lost.
There’s something to be said about working alongside a group of like-minded, driven and focused members of a coworking space. They are there to provide just the right amount of inspiration when you require it, yet know that when you’re in “work mode” that they need to stay away. Coworking members know this because they are all in the same productivity boat, creating a one-of-a-kind industrious environment.
Opportunities for Learning
Many coworking spaces hold events for members to help them grow and accomplish more in their personal and professional lives. Often these seminars are given by members of the coworking space, such as the Suite Spotte workshops. Not only is it a great way to get a new perspective or skill, but you also get to learn more about your fellow coworkers and their businesses.
Human beings are social creatures, so when we work in a solitary office, loneliness can set in. In coworking spaces, that never happens. Everyone gives you privacy when you need it, but you can go seek out social interaction during work breaks. Taking frequent breaks to socialize with others can even fuel creativity or inspire a different way to approach a problem.
Meeting Places for Clients
Where are you meeting your clients? If it isn’t beautiful yet rife with any technology you could ever need, you’re in the wrong place. With a coworking membership, you can book an hour or two in a state-of-the-art conference room and instantly impress any client. Not only does having your own meeting space look professional, it will also show your client that you’re innovative and a strong part of the entrepreneurial community.
See the Big Picture
Do you ever have big plans for the day but, when you sit behind your desk for the thousandth time, you seem to fall into the same pattern of chugging away at the details? You work hard all day, but wonder what you actually accomplished. Coworking is the antidote to this phenomenon.
It’s hard to fall into a rut when things are always different, moving, and getting stirred up. Innovative ideas are thrown around, others’ accomplishments are announced, and discussions about big plan are happening all the time. The energy practically forces you to look at the big picture, and take steps towards those big plans you are working toward.
No other work situation gives quite the community foundation and networking potential that coworking does. Leave your office behind and begin to embrace all the benefits coworking has to offer!
Do you have an office and also work out of a coworking space?
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