Work Space: Creating One Without an Office
So you’ve launched your start-up and you are ready to take the world by storm. You’ve identified team members, job roles; you've perfected your website, ordered business cards, and most importantly, you are ready to work. Except, there's a small issue: you don’t have an office. We've been there so we get it. These days, office spaces are more expensive to rent than an apartment. However, don’t feel defeated! There are many ways to create your space without an actual office and we're here to tell you all about them.
Co-working spaces have been a saving grace for traveling entrepreneurs and people who work from home. Places like We Work and Common Desk allow you to get a membership at one location but grant you access to all of their locations. You can pay for common space, buy an individual desk, or when you're ready for it, rent an office space through them. Co-working spaces allow community building through common areas and events, but expenses can still rack up over time due to expensive costs. If you are truly looking to save some cash, this might not be the best option for you.
Coffee shops are another cost-effective option for those without large teams. We recommend coffee shops for groups of one to four people, otherwise, seating might become an issue. If you go this route, make sure to find a local coffee shop you like! Not only does supporting local businesses help build a community, but you might even find people in your area who may be interested in your service. You never know who you are sitting next to or who your barista is. Even if you spend $5 every day at the coffee shop, you’re looking at a little over $1,800 for the year, which is significantly cheaper than a year of rent!
This is likely the most cost-efficient and smartest option. Who doesn’t want to wake up and go to work in the living room? Perks of working from a home office include no additional costs, a tax write-off, and the convenience of not leaving something at home. The downfall? Some people have a really hard time differentiating the space from leisure time to work time. Psychologically, you will feel more relaxed working from your home but if you're a person who needs work/leisure space separation, a home office isn’t your best bet.
We aren’t talking just common spaces in libraries. Most public libraries have meeting rooms and spaces for larger groups. Although traditionally these spaces are for study groups, you can use them for a team meeting or as a workspace as well. Pros? There will be no place more resourceful than a library. Cons? If you have a rowdy group, this option might not work well for the team.
Most people don’t realize that they are paying for the amenities of their apartment as a part of their rent every month. Typically, this includes the clubhouse or the business center of the apartment complex. Take advantage of it while you can!
No office? No problem! No matter the size of your team or your environment preference, there is a perfect work space option for you. From coffee shops to co-working spaces, try a few of the recommendations above and find your perfect pick. You'll be ready to work in no time!