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Coworking Spaces for Small Businesses Part 1

Mobile, remote working has become increasingly popular in the last two decades as more businesses realize that employees can be widely distributed and still accomplish a full day’s work. However, there are still few substitutes for a properly equipped office. Companies that want to fully engage their staff always ensure that ergonomic needs are met and each type of assigned task is supported by the right furnishings, lighting, and technology. Workspace design is a key factor in promoting productivity, attracting top talent, and reducing turnover–and that truth hasn’t changed with the times.

A Dedicated Office Is a Substantial Expense

Of course, not every startup has the funds to lease, customize, and furnish office space. Freelance and contract workers often need office space on an occasional basis, and small businesses that have employees spread across multiple regions may also face challenges in supplying the environment workers need to stay productive.

Kimberly Lilley, who serves as general manager at a North Texas Regus location, says all of these groups may benefit from access to coworking spaces and day offices. A business center work environment may serve as a satellite location, a starter office, or an alternative to the local coffee shop.

What Does a Coworking Center Look Like?

At a typical Regus, drop ins can use the reception area, the business lounge, or the fully stocked break room as informal meeting places. The conference rooms are equipped to hold groups of varying sizes with full technological support. Coworking spaces feature multiple desks in mid-sized, shared offices that can house small groups of professionals who work independently or as a team. Thinkpods (small circular workspaces with high walls) serve as cubicles to provide privacy in shared areas.

Coworking spaces that aren’t part of a larger chain each have their own flavor, culture, and equipment. Some feature bare brick walls and large, collective spaces for creative brainstorming. Others have a tech vibe with ping pong tables and video games to encourage relaxation. Some have a very formal approach with lots of rules while a few seem to have no rules at all. How do you choose the right space for your business?

In next week’s blog post, we’ll explore the factors to take into consideration when selecting a coworking space as a secondary campus for your small business. While a convenient commute is important, the location should provide more than free wi-fi and a place to set a laptop.


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