Last week a friend approached me and confirmed the issue raised in the Coworking Conundrum for Startups Slacking post. He had previously worked in a coworking space for several months and said the distraction challenges, both in a big communal area as well as other entrepreneurs not working hard, are very real. I then asked more questions about what he liked, and didn’t like, with the co-working experience.
Here are some key items for an effective co-working space:
- Super fast, plentiful bandwidth
- Amazing coffee
- Great chairs
- Multiple sitting areas (desks, standing desks, lounge chairs, etc)
- Bright natural light
- Private conference rooms and phone booths (super small conference rooms for phone calls — no phone calls in the large communal room)
- Easy parking/transportation options with 24/7 access
Coworking spaces continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for creative professionals that want to be around other people while working in a productive environment.
What else? What are some other key items for an effective coworking space?