Yearly Archive 2018

ByKaren Bain

What is it about coworking spaces that make them so effective?

There are quite a few benefits to coworking spaces that make them a prime place for individuals to work and build their small businesses or careers.

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Individuals who use coworking spaces see those around them as inspirational and supportive. Working in a coworking space encourages people to help each other. A freelance web designer, IT specialist, and PR consultant may work in the same space but not feel the need to contend with each other.  Instead, they are available to give guidance and help to each other in their various areas of expertise. Individuals in a coworking space have unique skill sets they can share with others and this often promotes growth for the whole shared community.

You get the formality of going into a structured work environment outside the home, coupled with the flexibility of whatever work hours you want. Choices mean that you can work long hours if you have a deadline or take long breaks without fear of getting in trouble. There are no designated areas set for you to work at, you can choose to work with others or in a quiet, private environment, and this can be flexible day on day depending on your needs.

Working as a community enhances the working experience, not only can you tap in to the skills and knowledge of others around you, but you have the emotional support and sense of kinship that is extremely important to your professional development. No one is managing you or competing with you, but rather, are supporting each other and holding each other accountable.

You have people around you who understand, they feel your pain! And they can help! Don’t be lonely, be around the people who can be there for you, even if it is just a friendly face or a cup of tea! Contact us at https://deskatthed.com/contact

ByKaren Bain

How do you choose a coworking space?

It isn’t easy finding a coworking space that is right for you, it depends on many factors, from your style of work to internet bandwidth.  So how do you choose a coworking space that works for you?  Some of the obvious elements to think about are: monthly cost, type of work space required, flexibility, access, layout and additional bolt ons.

So, how to choose a coworking space that works for you?  What are the pros & cons?

Pros

  • Business grade high speed internet access and other standard office facilities, which may be included free of charge.
  • Opportunities to associate with other freelancers and entrepreneurs.
  • You’ll find diverse professions and backgrounds from, start up businesses, social media wizards, consultants, writers, IT gurus, marketing & PR freelancers, bloggers to third sector organisations.
  • In house networking events, lunch & learn sessions, information distribution, knowledge sharing and social activities.
  • Various ages, contrary to popular belief coworking spaces are not just for young creative types.  It’s typical to see anyone from students/ recent graduates to mid age career consultants to retirees. All of whom are looking to be innovative and gain some inspiration.

Cons

  • Be sure of the costs, read the fine print.  It could be there are “add on” charges for printing, copying or coffee.
  • Some coworking spaces may not have the extra networking sessions or get togethers, so it can be rather quiet. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you are there to work and not mingle but it can be distancing and isolating to those who have just started up on their own and are looking for a community.
  • Can be lonely at the onset since you will basically be the “new guy”.  Coworking is flexible and workers can transient, the person you met yesterday or last month may not be in today.

Still not sure?  Drop us an email to ask for more information mail@deskatthed.com

 

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ByKaren Bain

So what’s coworking really all about?

Coworking may have a positive, cosy ring to it but what does it really stand for? Most people understand that coworking involves sharing a communal workspace with others. And they’d be right. But they’d also be wrong. Because coworking can – and should – mean so much more.

Space to work

At its most basic, coworking provides you with a space to get stuff done. Entrepreneurs, sole traders, small teams, freelancers, visiting workers from out of town – all are welcome. And all who are part of a coworking community will find that it’s the ambience, as much as the bricks, mortar, desk space and kitchen facilities, which helps them thrive.

Space to learn

Anything new is stimulating. And anything new provides a learning opportunity. A coworking community provides stimulation and learning every single day. Not via structured training courses (unless there’s one going on in our dedicated training rooms) but by the very nature of our members, who bring fresh ideas, opportunities and personalities through our doors.

Space to connect

Making connections is, arguably, at the heart of coworking. Even those who happily work alone often lament the lack of colleagues to bounce ideas around with. A coworking community allows members to share opinions, knowledge, networks – and even day-to-day grumbles – with their fellow coworkers. Some coworkers even end up launching businesses together!

Space to meet

Many coworking communities, Desk@theD included, offer dedicated meeting and training spaces for use by their members. A comfortable yet professional meeting space can be hard to access if you’re a start-up, freelancer or entrepreneur. Our meeting rooms provide a work-appropriate alternative to your local café – and show your associates that you really do mean business.

Karen Bain is development manager at Desk@theD, a new coworking community in Aberdeen city. To find out more about the benefits of coworking, contact Karen on mail@deskatthed.com or call 01224 608992.