Traditional workspaces are on their way out. In order to accommodate the increasing number of non-traditional workers, more and more shared office and coworking space are springing up all across the country.
Coworking provide several advantages over working from home, including the opportunity to meet new people. Access to a network of entrepreneurs, inventors, and creatives is one of the most compelling features luring freelancers and start-up businesses to these coworking spaces.
Getting to know your coworkers opens the door to collaboration, new business prospects, and personal referrals.
However, it’s not always easy to develop a long-term connection from the ground up. Sharing and coworking facilities are designed to encourage in-house communication and cooperation.
Don’t miss out on opportunities to network with other members if you work in one of these areas. In order to expand your business network, you should take advantage of the proximity of other firms in your area.
1. Attend Coworking Space Events
Most coworking spaces have social events and happy hours where you may meet like-minded business people. Attend as many events as you can and bring your cards with you.
2. Organize a Coworking Party in Your Space
If you can’t make it to any of the scheduled events, consider holding your own instead! In certain offices, firms can set up their own events, such as product launches and training. Do not be afraid to suggest new events if you have an idea in mind.
3. Have lunch in the Commons
Try to take a break and avoid eating in front of your computer while working long hours to get your firm off the ground As many people take a break from their work around lunch, this is the best time to get to know your colleagues.
In a coworking space, there may be a communal dining area where you can eat your lunch. A simple conversation with the person sitting next to you could lead to a long-term business relationship.
4. Contact your Community Manager with any questions or concerns
To maximise your networking potential in a common environment, if there is some managerial presence, ask them for advice. A manager may be able to point you in the direction of other businesses that provide complimentary services to your own.
5. Use the Internet to Expand Your Networking
Introducing yourself via LinkedIn or email is a great way to get in touch with a company you see in your coworking space. Because some team members travel frequently or work irregular hours, it may be easier to meet online than in person, even if you both work in the same location.
Follow up with online conversation even if you first meet someone face-to-face at one of the events or over lunch. Sharing contact information makes it easier to stay in touch if one of you travels or moves to a different location.
6. Provide Helpful Promotional Materials
Keep your handouts open to everyone, not just your clients. Share promotional items with your coworkers if at all possible. There are many ways to get your name in front of potential clients, and a simple notebook or pen with your company’s logo on it could be the first step in bringing them in contact with you. There is always a need for office supplies at coworking spaces, and you’ll be doing your part to help out the community.
Coworking spaces are more than just places where you can get work done. Each of these places is a haven for business and personal growth. Every chance you get to connect with your coworkers is an opportunity to grow your professional network.
A new relationship can push your firm in several directions. As this independent workforce grows, more and more shared office and coworking spaces are popping up across the nation to accommodate these non-traditional workers.