Questions to Ask Before Joining a Coworking Space
What is the Cost?
When deciding what space best fits your needs one of the most obvious things to consider is the cost. Cost can vary significantly depending on whether you’re getting a dedicated desk with a 24-hour access or a hot desk only available certain hours. Figure out what arrangement makes sense for your budget, and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Are you going to have access to individual meeting rooms?
There will be times when you’ll want to take a conversation behind doors. Check with your coworking space and their membership levels to determine if they allow you access to private rooms or conference rooms.
How’s the lighting?
Some people crave natural sunlight; others prefer to work in a darker, cave-like setting. If you’re someone who works best at either extreme or has light sensitivity, try to find a co-working space that matches your preference.
What amenities are offered?
Everyone has a level of expectation— wifi, printer, desk availability, free coffee. Do you prefer a place with a fully stocked kitchen? Do you think modern interior design would make you more excited about your workplace? This is always something to consider when touring spaces. Ask yourself, “Yes they have what I need, but do they have what I want?”
Who are the other businesses?
The other businesses in a coworking space play a large part in building and developing your own professional network. While competition between similar businesses is definitely not something to be take lightly, the major concern should be how other businesses contribute to the overall community. Some spaces have more niche communities than others. Remember, companies from different industries is not always a negative. They could end up being your customers in a way you had no expected.