Consistently working out of your coworking space is the #1 way to make the most of your membership. Let’s assume you knew that already. You come to work regularly, but you still feel like you aren’t getting as much as you can out of your space. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Make Friends
It can feel like a challenge to meet new people at the right time, especially when you do not want to interrupt their workday. When is the right time to go introduce yourself? Remember this; your fellow coworkers joined the space for many of the same reasons you did. They like being around other people. They want to make connections. They enjoy meeting new people, just like you do. Here is the universal rule of coworking spaces: if coworkers have their headphones in, they don’t want to be disturbed. If they don’t, then feel free to introduce yourself and make a new friend!
- Put Yourself Out There
Coworking spaces, for the most part, do a good job of creating avenues for coworkers to let others at the space know what they do and what service they provide, or as I like to say, what problem they help solve for a living. At Desktop Coworking, our backend software platform has a place to fill out your personal Bio, as well as your company Bio. We also have a place for our members to post job openings as well as a SLACK channel to communicate with other members. The bottom line is this, you have to use the tools the space gives you. Members who don’t fill out their Bio, don’t join the SLACK channel, and don’t fill out their company info, are far less likely to be found by other members who are looking.
- Attend Events
Most coworking spaces host member events, meetups, lunch and learns, etc. GO! These are great opportunities to meet people in a non-working environment. Attend as many of these events as possible and you will begin to grow your network and business reach.
- Be Genuine
This is just a great tip for how you should be living your life anyways, but when it comes to working at a coworking space, other coworkers want to know that you are a genuine person. For example, don’t be fake. Don’t act like your “startup” is bigger than it is. Be real. The most annoying thing that entrepreneurs can do to other entrepreneurs is act like they have it all figured out. Let’s be honest, no business owner has it all figured out, we are always learning and growing. It’s okay to be transparent about your issues and the parts of your business that are causing you trouble. Heck, it may even lead to meeting someone that has an answer 🙂
- Give Before You Get
This mentality should be universal, but sadly, it is not. Coworkers who are willing to take this advice usually end up soaring much higher in the long run. Looking for ways to help others, with no expectation of anything in return, has a habit of coming back to you in ways that you wouldn’t believe. Too many people live with the “tit for tat” and “fair is fair” mentality. How limited is that? Coworking and startups are not a zero-sum game. In other words, others don’t have to do worse for you to do better. There is plenty of business out there for everyone. Be willing to serve and help with no strings attached, and watch the world be placed at your feet.