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Leaving office behind(2)

 

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.

 

Easy Networking

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.

 

Productive Environment

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.

 

Socialization Breaks

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.

Suite Spotte Conference Room

 

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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Are you Coworking All Wrong? - suitespotte.comYou got a coworking membership to really get some work done.  You figure that you can’t help but be productive if you are surrounded by others who are busily working on their own projects.  So, you put in your ear buds and get in the zone.  You are a one-person powerhouse of productivity.  And you’re doing coworking all wrong.

Coworking isn’t just about the work you can accomplish alone.  It’s about connecting and collaborating with your fellow coworkers.  It’s about bouncing around ideas and getting new perspectives.  And while keeping your head down and concentrating is something every coworker has to do occasionally, networking is an essential part of the experience.

Here are some simple tips to successfully navigate the social atmosphere of your coworking space.

 

It all starts with one word….

“Hello!”

Saying just one word can open up a realm of opportunities to you in your coworking space. If you’re an introvert, it’s understandable that this might be hard. Remember that if you’re new to the coworking space, there’s a good chance that most of the people there would like to get to know you; after all, networking is what a coworking space is for.

Start with greeting just one person.  Once others see that you’re making an effort, they’ll start to initiate contact with you. As you’re conversing with people, let your passion shine through and others will start to believe in your business as much as you do.

 

Use the break areas wisely and strategically

The break area in a coworking space can prove as a great way to get to know people. While others are waiting for their food to heat up or stirring their coffee, you can initiate a conversation about current events or the coworking space in general.

However, you don’t want to start selling your business to a fellow coworker eating his lunch.  Unlike a traditional networking event, a coworking space is not the place to hand out as many cards as possible.  It can easily turn people off from any further communication with you.

Instead, ask questions about their business to get the conversation going.

 

Go to coworking space events

You don’t have to go to all the events offered, but going to one or two social or professional events during the month will show others that you want to be an active member of the space. This could be the time to take a stack of business cards with you so as you’re conversing with people, you can easily provide your contact information. You can even converse about the event afterwards on the coworking space’s social media pages. It will carry on the conversation for a long-term professional relationships.

Suite Spotte offers several events each month to help you connect.  From Suite Symposiums to workshops, there are several ways for you to keep in touch with other coworkers.

 

Pay attention to where you can help

Does someone in the coworking space need a skillset that you happen to have? Speak up and offer your services to that person. Does someone need a good recommendation for a Thai place and you just happened to know a good one down the street? Forward them the menu.

Speaking up and helping another person gives you good credibility in the coworking space as a go-to person in your area, and you get to help someone else in the process. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

 

Barter work

Perhaps you’re starting up an event-planning service and a person sitting next to you does press releases. You might need a press release done for a client’s event, and you can potentially trade a press release for planning a press release workshop for someone. Bartering work is an easy way to get services that you need while “trying out” your coworkers before recommending them to your clients and customers.

 

Getting your work done is important, but it’s also valuable to network within your coworking space.  The new friends you’ll meet and the collaborative projects that come out of those conversations will be well worth stepping away from your desk every now and then.

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