Top 5 Reasons Why Coworking Is Ideal For All Companies

Coworking has become the go-to workspace solution for businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the corporate world–and there’s a good reason for that.

When you think about it, what’s not to love about coworking spaces? They offer flexible and affordable workplace options, with the added value of a strong and involved community where opportunities to network are vast.

Below, you will find five reasons why coworking is a smart solution to your workspace needs, regardless of your company size or your line of work.

They’re Inspiring

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and employees of 500 Fortune companies are all bound to feel inspired when in a coworking space. Coworking spaces are a place that people choose to work from, which means that they are usually looking forward to getting their work done and to being productive.

The environment we work greatly influences our work and our productivity levels; if people around you are typing away and working hard, then chances are you will feel encouraged to follow that behavior. Also, having someone around with whom you can share ideas often leads to creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

Networking

Community is a very important (if not the most important) aspect of a coworking space. And just as you are likely to form a strong friendship with fellow coworkers, you are also likely to find your next business partner or client.

Networking in a coworking space translates to opportunity.

Also, because of their nature, coworking spaces often host different types of events, which give workers the opportunity to network with other workspace members, as well as members of the local community.

We at Office Suite Strategies have helped various workspace and coworking providers host unique events, from happy hours, to brown-bag lunches, to business workshops. In these events, we have observed how members of these workspaces are able to ‘click’ with one another and find ways to work together.

Flexible and Affordable

Most businesses and freelancers are looking for affordable workspace solutions that will help their business grow. Coworking is ideal in this sense as it allows companies and workers to have access to workspace without having to incur large costs.

Larger companies benefit from this flexibility and affordability as they are able to reduce overhead costs by only paying for the amount of space that they actually need.

The Perks and Amenities

Here at OSS, we have helped various coworking spaces find the right amenities for their local market and community.

Most coworking spaces offer the same core amenities with additional ones tailored to their particular markets. But just to name a few, how does less hassle and stress sound? When you use a coworking space, you don’t have to deal with administrative or real estate management costs. You also have access to meeting and conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, plus the great advantage of having a prestigious professional address.

Also, not having to worry about WiFi, or running out of ink for the printer is pretty neat. And let’s not forget the community and the people you will share time and space with.

Opportunities To Expand Knowledge

As you get to know other coworkers, you will find that you become more knowledgeable or learn a new thing everyday.

The reason why coworking communities are so strong and appealing is because people like to share insights and tips with one another. Because coworking members are so diverse in nature and lines of work, there is an incredible amount of knowledge there just waiting to be shared.

Coworking has completely transformed the concept of ‘office’ or ‘workplace’. At Office Suite Strategies, we are committed to helping coworking spaces be their best version so that people continue to love the way these spaces feel, look, and grow.

If you’re a coworking space provider seeking to improve your offerings or events, or if you’re looking into setting up a new space, here is how we can help you.

How to Make Your Business Memorable During the Holidays

The holiday season is a fantastic time of year to let your clients know how much you value and appreciate their business! With their attention split between work, family, and festivities, how can you ensure that your business stands out among all the excitement?  Work smarter and take a personal approach to capture their attention this year!  There are some key efforts you can employ to make sure you are forefront on the minds of your clients during the holidays and as we head into the new year. Some are even simpler than you might think. Doing just a little extra now will set you on the right path with your clients and build momentum for your business in 2017!

Customer Service

Customer service is always important and is especially so during the holidays. Your team is likely juggling typical daily tasks for customers and clients along with end-of-year tasks. There is no better time to ensure your clients the best experience. Take a positive approach and make sure you clients know that you are working harder than ever for them.  Stay proactive and keep your clients well-informed. They will appreciate your communication and enthusiasm, which will likely help them focus on other matters that are more in need their attention.

If you are planning to be out of the office for a while, delegate wisely. Ensure an easy transition by appointing colleagues who can confidently take on tasks in your absence so your clients know they are in good hands.  Let them know you will be away so they aren’t taken by surprise and make sure your out-of-office message clearly directs your clients to the appropriate person or persons. Brief your colleagues on any particulars they need to know about your projects before you leave. Your attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

Act Fast

Most people are probably going to start taking off a few days to a week before Christmas. Be cognizant of this and work to adjust deadlines accordingly. Talk to you clients and find out if they would rather move deadlines up or wait until after the holiday season is over to complete projects. Avoid working overtime to complete tasks that the client may not be interested in reviewing until after the new year and focus your energy on priority projects. This will take unnecessary stress off you, your employees, and your clients during the holiday. Showing consideration of your clients’ own holiday schedule will remind them that you care and is a great way to strengthen the client bond as you close out the year.

 

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Show Appreciation

December marks the time that your clients are evaluating who they will do business with in the upcoming year. This makes it the perfect time to show them some extra appreciation. Send out a thank you with a gift card or offer a special incentive for them (and let them know it’s special). If you want to stand out, your gift or offer should be noteworthy and have a personal touch. Try to tailor them specifically. This continues building strong relationships, and it may help your business grow through word of mouth.

Don’t focus on clients alone. Include vendors and other service partners as well like your cleaning crew, water delivery person and mail carrier. These people work hard for you all year long and receive little thanks. A gesture of thanks is a wonderful thing to share this time of year. Remember, the more genuine and personal the thank you, the more memorable it is for them.

Let Your Clients Go Behind-the-Scenes

Show your employees getting into the holiday spirit. Take some pictures of any holiday events, or parties that you and your employees attend, as well as fun moments around the office. Share the fun on social media and in an email where you wish your clients and customers a happy holiday. Make sure your message is inclusive and that content is appropriate to send out to clients. Avoid including alcohol or other such items in your “official” holiday photos. Your clients will appreciate seeing the comradery among your team and feel confident in your ability to work together in their best interests. It is great to give them a peek behind the curtain to see the whole team, even those they may not work with directly come together.

Give Back to the Community

This time of year, there are a lot of people in need. Create a community of giving in your office and partner with a charity or organization to raise money, do a food drive, or gather gifts for the less fortunate. Get your clients involved in the giving by featuring your efforts on your website, social media, and in your emails. Set up a donation page or hold a fund-raiser to show your support and give others an avenue to help. Giving back is about helping others. Philanthropy is an admirable quality in any business owner, taking the time to help others in your community will remind your clients why they choose to business with you and happy to continue supporting your company.

These little touches take minimal effort but make a large impact. Implementing just a few of these ideas will go a long way toward making your business memorable during this holiday season. Engaging with your clients and customers in personal, meaningful ways will help your business and your relationships grow as we move into the new year.