If you are just starting out, finding ways to grow your small business is a priority. You want to get your name out there and for people to know about what you can offer. It can be tempting to work from home to save on office costs, especially in the early days, but co-working has benefits that can help you take your business to the next level.
When working from home there are always distractions. Whether it’s the postman ringing the doorbell or a toddler needing a nappy change, it can be hard to get into the right frame of mind. In a co-working space, you can focus on getting through your to-do list without interruptions which will increase your productivity and make you more time efficient.
The facilities on offer in a specialist co-working environment can provide your business with everything you need. From individual desk spaces to catch up on invoicing to conference rooms and meeting spaces for liaising with clients, you will have all the benefits of an office, ensuring your business comes across as professional. Luxury co-working environments such as Sopers House have additional benefits such as an on-site café and restaurant and gym facilities, providing an experience on a par with that offered by large corporations, which can be appealing for prospective employees when you look to expand your team.
If you are self-employed, networking is vital. Traditionally this would happen at trade conferences and business events but in the current climate with an increase in start-ups, networking is commonly happening in a more relaxed environment. Sharing a co-working space with others can give you the opportunity to reach out to other entrepreneurs in your local area which may in turn lead to additional business or even collaborations.
When you work alone or as part of a small team it can feel lonely, but in a co-working environment there are opportunities to socialise with people who are in a similar position. Being around others stimulates the mind as well as holding you accountable, leading to fresh ideas and increased productivity. Not only that, but humans are naturally social creatures so your mental health will benefit too.
If you are used to working office hours, starting your own business can be all-consuming. There is a temptation to check emails late at night in case you miss out on an opportunity, and when your financial situation directly correlates with the work you are putting in, it is easy to end up overworked and burned out. Co-working gives you the chance to add structure back into your day and knowing you have kept on top of your workload will allow you to switch off. This routine will give you a better work-life balance which will benefit your home and social life as well as your mental health.
Co-working can change your outlook and grow your business in ways you never thought of. Give it a try and see for yourself!