A Beginner's Guide to co-working

February 24, 2021

A Beginner's Guide to Co-working

Even before the infamous global pandemic, co-working spaces have become very popular which is now being further accelerated by Covid-19. Either an employee, entrepreneur, or freelancer, working at co-working spaces is a good choice to boost your productivity, and here are 5 tips you may consider to fully utilise the resources in co-working spaces and gain the most from there.

  1. Choose a space that suits you

There are numerous co-working spaces that exist in the around the world and each of them have unique selling points and characteristics. Before instantly booking a co-working space membership plan for months, it is important for you to compare various space options and choose the one that fits you the most: some co-working spaces provide a business-formal working environment, some others get creative and have award-winning interior designs while some are appealing to certain personality-types or demographics such pet-friendly, women and minority focused, health and fitness etc Among the different options, you should choose the one that most matches your preference, personality and the type of work you will be doing. Besides that, it is also important to know what amenities and types of equipment the co-working space provide and make your decision accordingly.

  1. Respect others and work together

One important thing to keep in mind when working in co-working spaces is that you are not the only one there. Many co-working spaces offer space options for customers who value privacy and prefer to work at their own table, but it is still important to conform with etiquettes and create an ideal working ambiance with others. As mentioned in the previous tip, various co-working spaces have different cultures, some of them encourage a more casual ambiance while some provide a quiet environment, but it is always helpful to be aware of the noise level, clean up your working area before leaving, and mind your manners in common areas. If you are not sure whether something is shared among the public or owned by someone, do not hesitate to ask the reception for help.

  1. Attend events

Co-working spaces not only provide office tables, but also hold many events: workshops, coffee chats, and many more. Attending these events can help you to connect with other coworkers, enrich your perspectives, network with guests, and also obtain more opportunities. You may check the co-working spaces' website or ask the front desk for its event calendar.

  1. Prepare and bring your working equipment

Though different types of office equipment such as chargers are often provided in co-working spaces, it is always not a bad idea to be prepared, so that you will not be stressed out easily. If you are bringing your laptop to the co-working space, you might want to bring the computer's charger; if your work requires frequent operations via your phone, you can bring a power bank and cables to ensure your phone can work all day long……It is helpful to think these through before going out to work.

  1. Dress up to boost your productivity

Many people have found that dressing up business-like can help them to work faster, and you might like to give that a try. For employees, you might already have a dress code set by your company, and it is important to follow it to show your professionalism during meetings; for freelancers, a specific dress code is often not required, but it is also helpful to reflect and found the outfit style that makes you feel productive in the context of co-working spaces. 

Co-working spaces provide many resources and amenities for everyone to utilise, and the tips above may you help decide what works for you. Looking to find the co-working space that suits you the most? Troob provides a variety of space options, and there should be one that is your pick. Good luck co-working!

Ella Shao

My name is Ella Shao a senior majoring in Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Comes from Hong Kong 🇭🇰 My hobbies include cooking, baking, and creative writing✍🏻..

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