The Internet has brought about changes to the way we work. For instance, communications technology has allowed workers to telecommute, contributing to their company without having to be physically present. Coworking spaces are the next logical iteration of telecommuting and remote work, and there is no shortage of demand for all kinds of new workspaces. Here are some tips on how to start a coworking space.
Location is king
Make sure to find a location that is safe, convenient, and easily found. However, avoid renting out space in high-demand areas, as the rent will drive up your costs and eventually run your coworking space into the ground. Consider looking for underutilized space in buildings. Talk to the property manager and try to work out a deal for a less expensive lease on a space with low occupancy.
Gauge demand early
Do your research. Coworking is a relatively new concept, and people in your area may not be familiar with the idea. Consider holding events to gauge interest in a coworking space, and use this opportunity to identify your potential customers and their needs. Alternatively, use the power of social media to sell the idea to your friends and colleagues and see who might be willing to join.
Remember, no man is an island! Starting a successful venture takes a lot of work and dedication, and the same holds true for coworking spaces. If you have trusted friends or colleagues who are onboard with your idea, get them to help with tasks such as creating a website for the coworking space, furniture layout, and interior design. Coworking spaces are collaborative spaces. The more you and your collaborators work together, the better the outcome you achieve.
Coworking spaces are the future of work. Starting out may seem to be challenging, but it can also be a rewarding experience. Do not miss your chance to use them to cultivate opportunities for personal and professional growth.