Entrepreneurs and startups are typically drawn to flexible spaces as they offer numerous resources to help expand and network.
Felena Hanson, founder Hera Hub, has firsthand experience on how to get the most out of a coworking experience and what to avoid.
First, while networking is a great benefit of coworking, it’s important to be patient in growing meaningful relationships with others instead of slinging out business cards.
Another faux pas is spamming fellow members. For example, Hera Hub has a private Facebook group, member directory and a wall of business cards. With this information it’s important not to use it to add emails to your mailing list.
Working with various people means that someone is bound to enjoy soaking in the spotlight. You know the type- audibly sighing in hopes someone will ask them what’s going on. Don’t be the person that’s the source of distractions in the workplace.
No one likes a flake. It’s important to make a presence in your community by going to events and member discussions. Getting involved and showing up can build up a proper, reliable reputation.
Personal drama should stay at home. The workplace should be dedicated to just work. This doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t ask for help when needed, but reach out to the owner or manager to deal with with certain issues and get some helpful recommendations.
Lastly, taking advantage of coworking spaces and its benefits can really help out even if you don’t have everything figured out. By waiting around, you’re missing out the benefits of being apart of a coworking community and connecting with like-minded professionals.