While the co-working space presents many opportunities, nothing makes working more difficult than not being prepared. Currently, in the Philippines where economy and industry flourish, working in an unorganized mess is hardly attractive to prospective clients or to forging any new business relationships. Furthermore, an organized mess impedes any future business growth.
Fortunately, you can prepare to move into your new co-working space by completing a few tasks. Beyond thinking about significant plans, your co-working space plan should include also the basics for handling the first day and the logistics of the working in a shared space. By preparing, your first day of work can begin a relationship where work ethic and networking build your business.
Let’s take a closer look at the important things to prepare before moving to your new co-working space.
Co-Working Space Schedule
While it might seem like an obvious task, setting a definite work schedule is important. The great thing about working in the coworking space is you can set your own schedule. However, keep in mind when setting your schedule that the office might be quite busy during peak hours making it difficult to work. Remember, unlike traditional nine-to-five positions, you can set your schedule for any time the office is open. Click on Servcorp Philippine’s link at http://www.servcorp.com.ph/en/coworking/ to get an idea of just how busy the mid-day coworking office can get.
Another really important thing to prepare is for the commute. The infrastructure among the Philippines islands vary, and the condition of the roads and transit is not always reliable. For this reason, alone, finding a way to your co-working space that will guarantee you arrive is important. Whether driving yourself or taking the various forms of transit, make sure you can get to and from your office within a reasonable amount of time.
Make sure your clients know that you have moved. A very simple way is to post a notice either on your website, if you have one available, or by sending a quick missive letting clients know you have moved. In addition, the information in this email should include new contact information, office address, and work schedule. By sending out this information early enough, you can avoid mix-ups.
A Plan Of Action
No one likes agendas, but by setting up a plan of action, you can more effectively use your co-working space. This plan should include how you plan to use this space, for work and/or networking. Also, another consideration would be whether you want to use the space’s incubator or accelerator programs.
Other considerations are related to the importance of community. Filipinos value building relationships before doing business, and becoming a part of a community is very important to building relationships. Furthermore, as a part of using your community, professionals should think about the necessity of mentors. The point is to develop a plan of action for engaging your community.
Finally, creating a presence online can help in the co-working space. The online community is vast and the landscape is limitless allowing you to take advantage of the online community, whether it is establishing a web page for your business or it is involved with social media. While it seems like two different domains, you can use your online presence to establish contacts in the workspace.
Preparing Your Space
Your co-working space is going to introduce you to fascinating people and diverse opportunities to grow your business. However, by managing the basics of running a business, you set the routine of your working day in the space. More significantly, you establish a solid foundation from which to grow within the Filipino business community.