How to Make the Most of Your Extra Space

Do you find that your office has vacant rooms that have been waiting to be put to use?  See any extra desks and chairs lying around?  Here is a great tip on how to make the most of your extra space:


If you have the space, you have the necessary components to put together your very own coworking space.  Coworking communities are becoming very popular havens for entrepreneurs, and they are even fitting into some office settings.  If you own some extra office space, turning it into a coworking space might be a very worthwhile investment because of how many people are turning towards coworking.  Think about the many times you have walked into a Starbucks and seen college students or other individuals sitting at tables or couches with their laptops, headphones, and a cup of coffee.  This method of working has been going on for a long time now, and it is finally becoming a solidified method of working.

With that extra office space, a few desks or tables, chairs, and maybe a couple of couches you have yourself some rentable coworking space.  Building a coworking community does take some time and effort.  Research and visit some of the popular coworking spaces in your area and see what those spaces are doing to give yourself an idea of how these spaces are usually run.

After the initial investment, opening a coworking space can be a really nice way to earn some extra money on the side and utilize your extra space.  Once a coworking community is set up and running, it usually runs itself

Choosing the Right Office Space

Choosing the right office space for your business can be a difficult process because you want to find the perfect place.  Here are 5 steps you should take if you are looking into renting or purchasing office space:


Establish Your Needs

Before making any serious commitments, you want to make sure the office space you are considering accommodates all of your needs.  Will you have access to copying and printing facilities? Is there a cafeteria? Is the space big enough for you business?  Will there be room for more employees if you need to hire any? Whether you are purchasing or renting office space, you are making a large investment, and you want to make sure you are paying for what you need.

Find a Killer Location

The inside of your office could be PERFECT, but if the location is wrong, you’re screwed.  Think about your customers and how the location will affect them.  Is there parking available? Is the building easy to find? Is the area safe?  You want to keep these kinds of things in mind because you want to be able to drive traffic to your business.

Evaluate the Building

OK. So you’ve established your needs and found a killer location, so the next step is to evaluate the building itself.  You want to look into the kind of flexibility you have with the space.  Can you put up new walls for offices?  Are there any recurring problems with the space?  Are there going to be any renovations during the lease?  You don’t want to rent or purchase office space and then find out that 2 months into the lease there are going to be renovations to the entire building and you won’t be able to use your space for an extended period of time. Or even worse, you don’t want to find out that the building was built buried on some ancient Indian burial ground!

Utilize Professional Help

Consider hiring a real estate professional who will be familiar with office spaces in the areas you are looking to rent out space.  A professional will know the best and worst areas and will most likely be able to direct in the right direction.

Review The Lease

Lastly, read the lease.  CAREFULLY.  You want to know exactly what you are responsible for as a tenant, and what the landlord is responsible for as the property owner.  Once you sign the lease you are stuck with whatever you get, so be careful.  Consider hiring a lawyer to be present for the signing.

Utilize these 5 steps and you will be much more successful in choosing the right office space for your business.

Your Neighbors May Be More Important Than You Think

If you’ve ever watched the show Home Improvement, you’re probably familiar with the tool man, Tim Taylor, and his wise neighbor Wilson.  Tim always finds himself in a mess, and at the end of the day he stands outside by his fence, where Wilson imparts him with valuable advice.  With coworking, just like in Home Improvement, your neighbors may be more important than you think.

Working in a coworking space gives entrepreneurs access to some really great resources, such as the people that are working around them.  If you are an entrepreneur, you have most likely found yourself in need of somebody who possesses the skills you lack that are essential to growing your business.  Whether you need a web developer, a digital strategist, a graphic designer, or whatever other help you may need, a coworking community is sure to have that person.  That’s why it is so important to get to know the people who are working around you because you never know what sort of knowledge your neighbors have.  Give yourself the chance to meet people, and who knows? You may have found some new business partners, new friends, or both!

If you are looking for a great way to get to know your neighbors, consider attending any events held by your coworking community.  Many hold networking events, presentations, or meetups, which are great places to meet people with similar interests.  If your coworking space doesn’t offer these types of events, look into starting your own!

Ignoring Emails At Work Can Reduce Stress

Ignoring emails at work? That’s crazy talk! Why would I want to do that?

If you’re like most people, the first thing you do when you get to your desk in the morning is open up your email.  That makes sense.  You want to go through your inbox and see who has been trying to get in contact with you since the previous time you checked your email.  Well, I have found found that ignoring emails at work can reduce stress and make for a much more productive work day.

Here’s why:

Emails can be distracting

If you are receiving links from friends, Facebook notifications, or magazine articles, you are likely to fall into the trap of pointless web browsing.  If you are starting your workday off by doing the opposite of work, it will make the idea of working seem much more unappealing.  Ignoring emails at work, at least in the morning, will actually help avert you from distractions.

Reading your email can dictate your mood for the rest of the day

Think about it.  You open up your inbox, and you filter through all of the spam, chain letters from your friends, legitimate business related emails, and whatever else people may be trying to send you.  The contents of these emails can shape the mood you will be in for the rest of the day, and odds are, they are not going to put you in a super productive mood every day.

Figure Out What Needs to be Done First

Emails can get in the way of what really needs to be done at the moment.  Wait an hour or two to check your email and give yourself some time to figure out the course of your day based on what is important.  Don’t let that client complaint or proposal interrupt the flow of things.  Everything in your inbox can probably wait a couple hours, so start your day off right.

Give it a shot.  You may not like it at first, but it will get easier and it will increase productivity.  Once you get yourself into the work mindset, reading emails will be much less distracting and will no longer dictate how your workday will play out.  Emails will be coming in all day long, so checking them in the morning won’t help you ‘check’ checking emails off of your list of things to do.