Coworking spaces are often portrayed as glorified coffee shops with free WiFi, organic coffee (and sometimes beer), couches and foosball tables, as well young people working on Apple computers. These amenities might be what you think of first, but the true value lies under the hood. These are five benefits that you should be aware of.
- It’s possible to afford it.
You will need to pay $200 per month at Launch, but it is possible to find a solution to suit any budget. Although it may be more expensive than “stealing” WiFi from a coffee shop, it is cheaper than long-term office leasing.
- As you expand your business, grow your space.
Startups are not static. Coworking spaces should be flexible to accommodate growth. You have five employees one month, and 10 the next. You can easily switch to a larger office across the hall, or an entire suite.
- Be prepared with things you don’t know you need.
Coworking spaces such as Launch Workplaces are familiar with startup needs and can offer a range of services to help you grow your business. These services include everything from pitches in front of investors to the more mundane like website and accounting support. Launch may not be able to help with everything, but we have a network of entrepreneurs that can. A cost-effective marketing company that can help you get your brand off the ground. You could also hire a CPA, graphic design company, 3D printing company, or wealth management team. We are home to entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses that want to grow and collaborate.
- Network, network, network.
Although young people tend to be the predominant demographic in coworking spaces and other coworking spaces, the ecosystem is incredibly diverse. There is a lawyer who practices in private practice for every startup. Or a video production company. It’s impossible to predict who you will meet or how you might collaborate.
- Positive energy surrounds you.
Do not underestimate the psychologically difficult startup life can be. There will be moments when you doubt your company, your mission, and yourself. There will also be nights when your family and friends are having fun while you work late. The best way to beat the startup blues is to surround yourself with intelligent, hard-working and dedicated people. No matter what challenges you face, someone has likely faced them and conquered them. It’s great to be reminded of this every day.
This post was written by Tara Kintz. Tara is a director at Signature Workspace which is an office space in Clearwater FL. Signature Workspace, owned and operated by Cantor Fund Management, offers services and amenities such as private offices, flex space, co-working space, virtual offices, meeting/conference rooms, and more.