It’s no secret I moved Think Orange to a COWORKLISBOA about 7 months ago, so what’s the balance and what made me choose a coworking space vs a full office?
Some of you might be a little uneasy about going to a coworking space for privacy issues or noise but I can assure you, it was one of the best decisions I’ve took.
Moving was first of all, an economic decision, we save alot of money by renting two desks and we don’t have to worry about spending time paying electricity, water, internet, cleaning, taxes and other legal stuff related to the working space. If there’s a leak in a pipe or some other trouble we don’t lose time taking care of it.
We also have access to a bigger and nicer working environment which we couldn’t afford on our own.
Second of all, it’s a great opportunity to meet other professionals and companies, some of them similar to ours and others in completely different areas. This is big because it enables us to create… Wait for it… Synnergies.
“What kind of enterprise class bullshit are you shooting?” is what most of you are thinking right now but really, making connections and talking to people lets you take better understanding of your products and company. Tell them what you’re doing. What’s your passion. What can you teach them.
And by sharing knowledge with other professionals you’re learning more and showing off your skills in the process. That makes it more likely for you to be referenced if someone is looking for a person with your talent.
And if there’s other people with the same profession as you, that’s a good opportunity to learn from them or work together to reach a bigger client. You can virtually scale your company depending on the projects with your fellow coworkers.
More likely, a coworking space will have professionals with a variety of skills which you can offer to your customers, like for example: translation services or copywritting. So get to know who are the best and partner with them, once again, you can offer these based on the client and project.
It’s more productive than staying at home and you get a perspective of what’s going on very different from being isolated. There’s people you can talk about your products, experiment them and get insight from diferent professionals.
It’s like being able to stare at the forest instead of being focused on the tree all the time.
Most coworking spaces have very diffent working environments, culture and rules but also have a trying period which you can use to get to know the place. Use it to see if it’s the right one for you.
I did and I don’t regret it.
So tell me about your experiences. Do you prefer working at home? Have you tried a coworking space? Comment below and share.