So you’re a remote employee, you’ve done your research, and you’ve just joined a coworking space. What now? Do you go straight to your new desk – or your new office – grab your coffee and get to work? Well, yeah, but there’s also a whole lot more at your fingertips. These days, coworking spaces offer way more than just a space to work. Every day is an opportunity to develop yourself, your network, and your business.
Here are some tips for remote workers:
1. New clients are among you.
You’re in luck. You’ve just joined a network of hundreds, maybe thousands, of entrepreneurs who could benefit from your business. Start meeting the people who work around you to learn about their business and tell them about yours. Plus, ask your community manager if there’s an opportunity to introduce your business to the larger community and share a perk. At The Yard, for example, members can share discounts on their product or business services through the Perks page of their community network, The BackYard.
2. Coworking spaces are ripe with personal and professional development opportunities.
Many coworking spaces offer monthly events for their members. Make sure to check the calendar each month and take a look at events happening at your space and other spaces across the city. Plus, there are often events hosted with partners outside of the typical programming which holds a select amount of complimentary spots for members. Check e-mails sent by your community manager to be in the know on what’s happening. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity that’s right for you!
3. Your new workspace might exist in more than one location.
If your new coworking space has multiple locations in your city, or in cities you visit, find out what accessibility to those spaces looks like. At The Yard, members can visit other locations during normal work hours (9:30 am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday) to work out of the coworking areas, host meetings, or use the common spaces, pending availability. This is a major bonus if you have clients in other neighborhoods, or if you need a change of scenery a few times a month to boost your creativity.
4. Your “coworkers” are your new-found community.
Your business headquarters might be based in Boston, Basel, or Bali (one can dream!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have “coworkers” where you work and great work culture at that. Make friends with the people you see every day in the common areas and the kitchens, and most of all, get to know your community managers. After all, the community manager knows everyone in the community and will be the first to introduce you to people they think you’d connect with and to invite you to after-work, spur of the moment happy hours.
5. Your “coworkers” are here to work, too.
On the other end, your fellow coworkers are here to work. Maybe they’re developing a new product, launching a campaign, or on the clock to hit a deadline for a client. While your new community might be full of inspiring entrepreneurs that could be new collaborators or long-lasting friends, it’s important to be mindful of their time. Be thoughtful about knowing when to respect their personal workspace and when to continue the conversation – a courtesy to your new friends and to those working around you.
These only a few of many ways to get adjusted to your first coworking space. Each coworking space shines for its own reasons, whether it offers a unique, niche community, unrivaled amenities, and perks, or locations in cities you visit frequently. Find out what makes your space unique and make the most of it.
Plus, follow The Yard on Instagram to get a firsthand look at what our community and culture is all about!