Tips for Working in a Coworking Space

Coworking spaces are popular because they address the needs of emerging startups, freelancers and unconventional business outfits. They offer a more professional environment than the kitchen nook, garage or bedroom. Here are some tips that will help you become more productive and work harmoniously alongside other users of a shared office.

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Know what’s in store for you. Make it a point to know what services and features are available to you in your shared office space. This will help you determine the materials you need to bring, what kind of meetings you can hold there and allow you to fully utilize the space.

Use headphones. Tune out the murmur of small group meetings and conversations around you by donning a pair of headphones and listening to your favorite album or business podcast.

Get your list ready. In order to maximize time in a coworking space, your first task should be a to-do list. Refer back to it constantly to keep yourself on target. The first five should be a good mix of ‘easy wins’ and bulky, important tasks to keep your momentum going.

Always ask if you forgot something. If you have forgotten something important like an HDMI cable or phone charger, don’t hesitate to ask the staff. You might be surprised how many resources your space has tucked away!

Be a responsible citizen. As a sign of respect, always wash your dishes, cutlery and glasses. If you use it, you are responsible for cleaning it and putting it away. Report low toilet paper, milk or coffee beans to staff and don’t leave your stinky leftovers in the fridge! If you use shared equipment like printers, computers or cables, always put them back as you found them. This also applies to customization settings for photocopiers and fax machines too.

Be strategic (and respectful) with your choice of space. If you are going to have a small meeting at a coworking space, choose a spot in a corner or away from others so there will be less chance of being a distraction. There is nothing wrong with a quiet conversation – just be mindful of your volume levels.

Be open to a work trade. Coworking spaces are awesome for networking and collaborating. If you’re a graphic designer and you meet a financial consultant over the coffee machine – how about discussing a skills barter? It’s a way to get a win-win for both of you. Opportunities like this will open up when you are friendly and engaging with your fellow coworkers, but know when it’s time to be quiet and get down to work.

Coworking spaces are awesome places to work productively and really grow your business. If you treat the space and your fellow workers with respect, and go into the space with a commitment to working hard, the opportunities and benefits can be amazing!


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Of course we think our coworking space, Woolf Works, is the best! We are a women-only space located in an old shophouse on Joo Chiat Rd. Our community includes writers, entrepreneurs, photographers and consultants. Come for a visit and see for yourself! Check out the website and get in touch at



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