It is estimated that 40 percent of the workforce will be made up of freelancers, solo-entrepreneurs and independent contractors by the year 2020. That is where co-working spaces come into play. They offer the most bang for your buck, especially for start-ups and freelancers. But what do the very best co-working spaces offer?
One major problem the modern freelancer faces is social isolation. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day can be exhausting, even if you’ve only physically moved away from your desk to grab a snack in the kitchen. By definition, co-working spaces remove the element of isolation with shared offices, work tables and coffee lounges. However, the best co-working spaces offer more than a lounge. Look out for game rooms, gyms, on-site bicycles and unique locations to make your work experience not only more productive, but more engaging as well. If done right, a co-working space can be collaborative, not just convenient.
Another common problem solo workers face is inflated rent rates for traditional offices. Co-working spaces can eliminate the possibility of getting locked into a lease, but the best spaces offer multiple pay plans with the opportunity to add services and perks, à la carte. For example, Endeavor Innovative Workspaces offers its members daily and monthly passes with the capability to add extra services, such as call answering and routing, or printing and lamination. If you want a private office, we’ve got it. If you want a dedicated desk, we’ve got that too. Don’t settle for a co-working space that puts you in a box and limits your options.
The beauty of a “pay as you go” model is that you don’t have to pay all year for an amenity you will only use twice. Picture this: a small start-up company signs a year-long lease for a space that doesn’t have a conference room. This is not a problem for months, until one day it is. The right co-working space will make these perks available but not mandatory. At Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, you don’t have to bundle. Our members can pay monthly for an Associate Membership, and upgrade to a Prime Membership for a month if they need to use a conference room.
Another common problem the solo-entrepreneur on-the-move faces is a lack of accessibility. The nicest co-working spaces may only offer traditional hours. However, the most sought-after spaces have options or plans available that allow 24/7 access. This flexibility means you work when it is most convenient for you, not most convenient for your landlord. If you are a morning person, you can arrive at 6 a.m., and if you are a night owl, you can leave at 8 p.m. It also means you have office resources at your fingertips at all times, from the printers to the conference rooms. Endeavor Innovative Workspaces offers 24/7 access to members who pay for private offices.
When shopping around for the best co-working space for you, make sure you do your research. We suggest making a wish list detailing everything, from price-point to perks. Chances are you will find something that meets your needs and provides those little extras that will be the icing on top of the cake.