Coworking has quickly become a rising global trend, with freelancers, startups and entrepreneurs across the world seeking alternatives to fixed lease office spaces and the isolation of working from home. Coworking office spaces represent a new and growing trend of workers who work how, when and where they want. This nature of work is exciting, helping to reshape our relationship with work.
London is home to a huge collection of coworking spaces for you to choose from. If you’re struggling to decide upon your ideal office space, there’s no need to worry, we’ve pulled together our expert industry knowledge to provide you with the top 5 questions you should ask before choosing a coworking space.
1. Where do I want to be?
Office location is perhaps the most important question you should ask. No one wants to be spending hours on the train, bus or tube commuting to and from work. It’s also imperative to remember that the location of your coworking office space will ultimately reflect your company's image. Therefore we recommend that you choose a location that reflects your company’s vibe and culture.
2. Does the coworking space offer facilities?
The vast majority of our coworking spaces in London offer workers access to high speed WiFi, kitchens, the all important coffee machines, chill-out spaces, desks, chairs, telephone booths, printing services and meeting rooms. Some spaces also offer reception services, showers, gyms, all day access, terraces, pet friendly environments, free beer and outside areas.
3. Do I need a hot desk, or private office space?
Coworking spaces offer a variety of options to suit every need and budget. Whether you’re a freelancer, or remote worker, searching for a hot desk to get out of the house and improve networking opportunities, or a company looking for a private office space that offers the flexibility and opportunity for growth and expansion provided by coworking spaces - there is something to suit everyone's needs.
4. Who else is there?
Coworking spaces across London are tailored to suit a variety of professionals; each workspace is designed in a specific way to attract like minded professionals to the building. For the more creative industries, buildings are kitted out with quirky furniture and adornments, and for the more corporate industries furniture and finishings are sleek and sharp. Ensure that you choose a coworking space that is in-line with your company culture as this will ensure that you have the chance to network and mingle with individuals in similar industries.
5. Are there social events & networking opportunities?
Many coworking spaces across the capital host social events throughout the year, such as networking lunches, Thursday drinks and seasonal events. These events are great for networking and meeting interesting people who work in the same coworking space, ideal for future collaborative working opportunities. Alongside social events, many coworking spaces offer professional development workshops throughout the week, helping to inspire workers and encourage interaction.