5 Myths About Coworking Spaces

“Coworking?  Yeah no thanks, my home office works just fine.”  Who’s heard this one before?  While coworking spaces are still relatively new in the public consciousness, they already come with some stereotypes attached.  We’re here to bust those myths and set the record straight.

 

They're distracting

Concentration is definitely essential to any good workday, but who says coworking spaces are any more distracting than your home office?  By getting out of the house, you’ll be less tempted to stop your projects to clean out your pantry or take a Starbucks run.  Open desk seating not your style?  Other coworking membership options, including dedicated desk, partitioned desk, and small private office space, are available for those who need a little extra quiet.  Meeting rooms also make a great place to have some privacy and take that important phone call.

 

They're only for freelancers

While coworking spaces are certainly a great place for freelancers to set up shop, many companies are utilizing coworking and taking advantage of all that these spaces have to offer.  From a collaborative environment to a more relaxed feel, coworking spaces can help traditional office workers shake things up outside of the confines of their employer's HQ.

Coworking spaces also come with more flexibility and affordability than traditional office spaces.  In many big cities, Dallas among them, the real estate market is hot, and traditional office space might be beyond a startup's budget.  Coworking spaces provide an alternative that still feels professional.

 

They're expensive

There is truly a coworking space for every budget.  Whether you just want a desk or are looking for something more private, there are tons of options that can fit whatever you need.  

Remember, when considering cost, make sure to factor in the available amenities as well.  Coworking spaces often offer other benefits to members that can offset some of the membership costs, such as free on-site parking, guest passes, free Wi-Fi, conference room usage, and more.

 

The only coworking spaces are downtown

Clearly that’s not the case!  We’re seeing new coworking spaces popping up in the ‘burbs frequently, all catering to hyper-specific geographic locations.  In fact, North Dallas is particularly suited to the coworking craze (more on that here). 

Research that shows that coworking members want a 20-minutes-or-less commute, so it’s important to find a space that both fits your work style and is close to home.  Think about it - do you really want to sit in traffic for an hour both ways every day?  Yeah, we don't either.

 

They're only for creative types

The beauty of coworking is the wide range of industries it can benefit.  IT, sales, and PR are actually the dominant industries for those who work in coworking spaces, although we have a variety of members from different backgrounds who call HeadSpace home.  A varied membership base opens up a world of collaboration and outsourcing opportunities that you might not find at a coffee shop.

 

Give your business a boost and step out of the home office.  Your time at a coworking space just might surprise you.