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What to Know if Your Startup Works Out of a Coworking Space

A coworking space is a space that multiple companies or organizations utilize in order to run their businesses. The area includes equipment, utilities, office space, etc. that can be used by any business in the coworking space. If you choose to operate your startup from such a space, you need to know what you’re getting into.

How to Shape Your Culture

Coworking spaces can provide a lot of benefits, but one drawback of this untraditional space is trying to build your company culture. This space is not 100% your office space and it’s hard to create a solid culture here. However, it’s not impossible. One of the best things you can do is to create unity within your business. When you make decisions about the space, involve your team and prioritize their needs. Allow them to make the space their own as much as possible. Keep open communication with your team. Having a running dialogue can make it feel more like a traditional workspace. Get creative and ask your employees about their thoughts on improving your culture in a coworking space.

How to Preserve Security

Another challenge of operating in a coworking space is maintaining security. Specifically, you want to make sure you protect all your data. Free public Wi-Fi presents a security risk for your startup. If possible, have a secure internet connection to reduce risks. Update your passwords regularly. When you or your employees have to get up, make sure you lock all your devices so no one else can access them. On that note, avoid sharing devices with others. Keep your own devices for your business. If you have your own designated space, make sure you’re locking your doors whenever you aren’t in the room.

How to Reduce Friction

In a shared space, conflict is common. It can distract from work, delay deadlines, or create uncomfortable working environments. You need to find ways to reduce these tensions. Having designated spaces is one way to overcome friction. You can have different spaces for different types of work. For example, if you have a group working on a project you can get them a private room so they can focus on their work and not distract others with their discussions. If there are visitors in your space, make sure you are clear on boundaries and expectations. It can be challenging to operate in a coworking space, but you can adjust to make it a successful location for your startup.

A coworking space allows you to cut down on operating costs and it creates a flexible workspace for you and your startup. Before you get started, do some research on common challenges and make a plan to deal with them. This will help you use the space well.

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