Once only thought to be the “home” of tech start-ups, today’s coworking spaces cater to every business and in a multitude of ways. Whether you are growing your business or scaling back, a shared office space where you are surrounded by like-minded businesses might be one of the best business decisions you make.
In fact, the growth of coworking offices has exploded in 2019 to over 2 million users worldwide, with Sydney and Melbourne joining the global trend and leading the way in Australia. Therefore, it’s no surprise more and more businesses are recognising their convenience and value for their business, too.
So why are coworking spaces so important to your business? Glad you asked.
The first thing to recognise is the flexibility of utilising a coworking space. Whether you are looking for a one-time meeting room, a business mailing address, occasional use of desk space, or a more semi-permanent office to call your own, most coworking spaces offer all of these options.
Additionally, most shared office spaces offer a range of amenities beyond the traditional desks, which usually include free Wi-Fi, printers, scanners, whiteboards, kitchens, coffee/tea and even parenting facilities. All of these help you and your employees conduct business in a professional space and with all the conveniences you’d find in a traditional workspace.
Flexibility is a key selling feature for all coworking spaces because they allow you to grow and scale your business with ease and without long term commitment. In fact, the use of these spaces without locking into a permanent lease agreement is a huge selling factor and benefit to anyone looking to temporarily base their business in a permanent location.
Another important benefit is it doesn’t matter if your business needs a room for 10 people to brainstorm for the day or you simply want a permanent desk to go to several days a week, a coworking space allows for this to happen easily. It is this ability to meet and accommodate the different needs of you and your business that stand out to most who keep using these spaces.
Even better is most coworking spaces are close to the CBD and various transportation hubs, making it easy to get to your “office” each day. This is especially important when inviting others who are travelling from around the city or interstate ensuring everyone can arrive easily and on-time.
Beyond the actual bricks and mortar of coworking spaces is the potential to network with those who are using these facilities where the professional atmosphere and networking opportunities are often seen as unexpected bonus to being there. In fact, most coworking offices have weekly or monthly events planned to build their community and help their patrons connect with each other with anything from mastermind classes to trivia nights.
With Australia’s own coworking offices continuing to grow in popularity and presence around the country, there is no question coworking spaces are here to stay, will help you professionally base your business, and where you need to be seen and heard.