Read This Before Joining a Co-Working Space

Many small businesses want to be able to attract the best talent but may not be able to afford the amenities that these prospective employees expect. Shared workspaces give multiple small businesses the ability to share the costs of these amenities between them so they can all attract the right talent. Here are my best tips:

  • Nothing is "Yours" - One important thing to know when you're using a communal workspace (like WeWork) is that, for the most part, there are no assigned spaces. Aside from a reserved conference room, you have no claim to a particular area. Depending on your employees, this can be something of an issue when someone feels they have "claimed" a specific area of the workspace as theirs, and it's taken the next day. It's important to know, especially if you're coming from a business where everyone had their private places, that it's first come, first serve here.
  • Keep it Mobile - Because you never know where you'll be, make sure as much of your business as possible is mobile—the less tethering you to an outlet, the better.