A coworking space can be a great solution for those who are digital nomads, entrepreneurs or any kind of freelancer. Staying at home isn’t always the most productive because we get easily distracted. Cafes are quite noisy and don’t always have the best WiFi. In comparison, a coworking space can provide great perks like networking, ergonomic workstations, high-speed internet… but you want to make sure you pick the right place before you sign up. Here are our tips to choose the right coworking space for you.
Figure out your needs
Are you looking for a space part-time or full-time? Maybe you only need a workstation in the morning hours when you are most productive and can save on the pricing package at the coworking space or maybe you require the whole day. This is important to decide when you are comparing pricing packages.
What are the main perks? Some coworking spaces offer coffee rooms, printing, discounts for members and more. Find out what is being offered.
Where is it located? Studies show that choosing a shorter commute over a high paying salary will make you happier and better your life. Besides proximity, other factors about the location to consider are:
- Does the décor inspire you or is it cluttered?
- Is there a space where you can go for a walk and clear your head to take a break?
- Are there amenities that are close like supermarkets, gym, etc.
- Is it easily accessible to clients, prospects and vendors?
Are there meeting rooms? Since the coworking space will be your place of work, it’s important to think if you’ll need to be meeting with clients and what kind of first impression you’ll give if you meet at a nice and private meeting room versus just a coffee shop. If this is something you need, check if the meeting rooms are included in the pricing package and for how many hours.
Evaluate their community
Do they have events? Whether it’s networking, yoga, mastermind, cooking or whatever, a nice perk is to feel that there is a sense of community to the coworking space. Not only is it helpful because being a digital nomad can be lonely and hard to make friends but many times you can make deals and collaborations that will help everyone out professionally.
What kind of jobs do the people at this workspace have? You want to make sure that your ambitions and skill set match what most of the people in the coworking space do. Now, you don’t all have to be in the same job but it does have to match with what you do to be beneficial.
Is the work environment busy and noisy or quite and mellow? If you’re going to be spending a good amount of time working in a coworking space you need to make sure that the work culture matches with what will make you the most productive. Make sure to check this out when you visit the space.
Finance and Facilities
What’s your budget? It’s important to do your research and see what pricing packages each coworking space and, of course, more expensive doesn’t mean better but the cheapest might not be the right fit either. So make sure to investigate well the prices and what they include. It’s also important to look at length of contract. You might only need the coworking space for two weeks since you are travelling, make sure you don’t need to stay for a minimum.
What are the hours of operation? Maybe you are a night owl and would like a coworking space that stays open 24/7. Make sure to find this out while you’re investigating your options.
Are there goof working conditions? It’s important to find an ergonomic workstation with good lighting and ambience. If the environment doesn’t make you productive then it’s not the right fit for you.
By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be over 250,000 coworking spaces around the world so it’s important that you have in mind what your priorities are before you start looking for the right coworking space for you. This will make sure that you are making a wise investment and can reward you both personally and socially.
If you so happen to be visiting Madrid, Spain, don’t hesitate to contact us to get a free daily pass and ask any questions to help you prepare your trip to Madrid beforehand. We’re always happy to meet new digital nomads and freelancers!