July 2, 2019
In 2016, 33% of Australian workers regularly worked from home (SOURCE), a 50% increase on the 15 years previous. It’s easy to understand why – it’s convenient, comfortable and cost-effective. It ticks so many boxes that many business owners never leave.
However, working from home has inherent problems. This type of workspace doesn’t scale well if you want to employ more people, is rarely an appropriate facility for meeting professional clients, and is not great for networking with other professionals.
If you’re experiencing these problems, you will should consider moving to a commercial workspace. Fair warning though – finding your first professional workspace can be challenging because it either:
The good news is that we’ve developed some key pointers to help make the process of moving into your first professional-grade workspace easier.
You probably have a good idea of why you feel like moving into a commercial space is a good idea. But deeply understanding your needs now will help you make decisions on a workspace that is not just suitable at present, but also into the future. Some examples of drivers are:
Diving a little deeper, this step will help you quickly rule out some options that may appear attractive at first glance when you’re ready to start looking around for your perfect space.
List your non-negotiables e.g.:
– Understanding your non-negotiables before seeking suitable spaces will save you time during the evaluation stage.
Here’s a quick overview of three options that are suitable for first-time commercial office seekers, and their major features and benefits of each.
– A community of like-minded professionals (each space has it’s own ‘flavour’, e.g. creatives, tech, finance etc). No need to carve out time from your schedule for networking, or professional socialising.
Now is the time to jump on Google! Search for things like:
Other ideas for prospecting suitable workspaces are:
This will narrow your options down to a shortlist of viable options.
Now that you only have a few options, you can visit each site and evaluate:
Most coworking spaces offer a free trial so you can really ‘try before you buy.’
You should have a pretty good idea of which option scores and feels best to you. If it’s impossible to choose – that’s great! Flip a coin.
If it scores well against your criteria, and you’re confident you’ve considered the potential downsides and mitigated those risks, give it a go – especially if there is no long lease period (i.e. a coworking space with month-to-month memberships).
Remember, leasing a commercial property will involve extra downtime (e.g. connecting the internet, reviewing and signing documents, etc) and may involve third parties like solicitors, real estate agents etc, but most serviced offices and coworking spaces are a ‘plug-and-play’ situation where you can immediately move in and get to work. It’s important to bear this in mind when planning workflow or budgeting.
And that’s it!
Now you’ve found a suitable option (at least, for this point in time), reap the benefits of your new space.
If you’d like to try coworking for yourself, book a tour at Dashworks here.