Answers to the 11 most frequently asked questions about coworking: from what it is, where you can find coworking spaces, who it is best suited for to which kinds of desks and rooms you can book: We have you covered in this article!
Everyone is talking about it, but what does it actually mean? We have gathered the 11 most frequently asked questions about coworking, workspaces, flexible desks and more and answered them for you.
What is coworking?
Where can I co-work?
Who is coworking best suited for?
How does coworking work?
What do I need for coworking?
What kinds of desks are available?
How much does coworking cost?
What are the benefits of coworking?
How long can I work in coworking spaces?
Do I have to book coworking spaces very long in advance?
Do I have to be a member to use coworking spaces?
1. What is coworking?
Coworking at its core refers to working together with other people. Whilst the original meaning does not specifically imply this, it is nowadays often seen as a new form of working together with other remote employees, freelancers, startups and small to medium- and large-sized businesses in the same place. Everyone is working individually or in teams on their own projects but can also benefit from networking and exchanging views or ideas with one another.
2. Where can I co-work?
The idea of coworking does not limit it to any physical space in particular. However, often coworking takes place in dedicated coworking spaces. In the past years, more and more of these workspaces have been built and opened all over the world. From business-like to hip, in cities, in the mountains or by the beach - today we can literally find coworking spaces everywhere we go! In Germany, more than 500 shared offices are available. Switzerland offers 100+ coworking spaces and in Austria we are looking at some 300 workspaces. You can also check out all the places to cowork in the map view of the deskbird app!
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Everyone who is interested, really! Initially, it was mostly freelancers, digital nomads and remote workers who were using coworking spaces. However, its benefits soon also convinced startups, project teams and even entire businesses of any size.
With Covid-19 further accelerating the shift towards enabling remote working for a larger amount of the workforce, coworking has also become a favorite option for remote workers who would like to trade their desks at home for a more social option.
4. How does coworking work?
Coworking spaces basically offer space as a service. Depending on the workspace, you can rent a desk, a private office or meeting rooms for a couple of hours, a day, weeks or months. Most coworking spaces offer rent durations from day passes to weekly and monthly subscriptions. However, deskbird also makes it possible to flexibly book and visit a coworking space per hour or day. Just download the app, choose your favorite workspace and book for how long you want!
5. What do I need for coworking?
Just bring your laptop and you are good to go! Most coworking spaces offer (nearly) everything else: fast Wi-Fi, desks, comfortable chairs that invite you to work all day if it wasn’t for the coffee or tea, delicious food options, printers and scanners, kitchen access, open spaces, phone booths for private calls, networking and event areas, common spaces and much more! Some workspaces, for instance, also offer rental of lockers so you can store your things overnight. Amenities and services can vary between different shared office spaces, so make sure you check out the features beforehand.
6. What kinds of desks are available?
Hot desk, flexible desk, fixed desk, shared desk, phone booths, private offices, meeting rooms… the terminology might make it sound more complex than it actually is! In most coworking spaces, it is possible to book:
- Flexible desks
Also referred to as hot desks:these desks are rented out on first-come, first-served basis
- Fixed desks
Also referred to as dedicated desks: these desks are rented out for a specified time period to one individual or business
Most coworking spaces put a little name tag on these desks in order to ensure nobody else accidentally sits there.
- Private offices
For one or more people.
- Meeting rooms
These options may vary depending on the size, flexibility and space availability in coworking spaces. Sometimes, so-called hybrid workspaces even consist of a combination of spaces that are rented out permanently as well as flexible desks. Check out what each workspace offers before you book the option that suits you best in the deskbird app!
7. How much does coworking cost?
Again, this highly depends on each coworking space, but also its location, size, short- vs long-term rentals, the type of desk or room rented and other factors. However, flexible desks are available from as little as a couple of euros per hour. Just download the deskbird app and check out all prices. A lot of shared offices regularly offer promotions so feel free to check them out!
8. What are the benefits of coworking?
Coworking has a number of benefits when compared to traditional offices or working from home. They can be dependent on whether you are a freelancer, remote employee or a business.
- Everything you need is already there
Firstly, coworking spaces offer you everything you need to work productively. From basic equipment like Wi-Fi, a desk and chair to additional screens, phone booths and private offices or meeting rooms to the offers enhancing your breaks, such as food and beverage options, shared spaces, networking events and a community to exchange: coworking spaces got you covered! Some spaces even offer postal services or allow you to have your company address at their workspace. Pricing depends on each workspace, but you can find details about each workspace’s policy on the deskbird app! Finally, fair use is encouraged in most workspaces. This relates to every guest and worker responsibly using the provided resources, especially free ones like coffee or tea, but also printers and scanners.
Usually, it is possible to book coworking spaces even with short notice. So wherever and whenever you might be in need of a quiet desk or a vibrant community, no need to wait any longer for it! You can also choose between fixed and flexible desks, phone booths, private offices or meeting rooms. Whatever floats your boat, on the deskbird app, it is possible to book spaces instantaneously or a long time in advance for how long you need them!
Coworking spaces are way more than just shared office space. They deserve their name through the development of communities which give you the possibility to network, chat to others over a coffee, exchange ideas, ask for advice, attend events and much more! So no need to worry that the social character is missing.On the contrary, due to the often diverse and mixed coworking clientele, you are likely to broaden your horizon and benefit from the community factor. Obviously, it is not obligatory to attend the events or get-togethers if you wish not to. So, if you are an active mingler or rather a quiet observer, there will be a spot for you!
It can be quite costly to rent traditional office spaces and doing so is often only possible with long-term contracts. Hence, coworking spaces are a great option to really only pay for the desks or rooms you need and actually use.Whether you are often away on business trips or just work a couple of days a week, using coworking spaces with deskbird instead of renting out an office can definitely help to save you some pennies!
9. How long can I work in coworking spaces?
In general, there is no rule for this! Book a desk for a couple of months or stay flexible by simply reserving the days and hours you will actually be there - it is completely up to you.Opening hours and days vary depending on the workspace, so make sure you find out about these beforehand on their websites or easily also on the deskbird app at one glance!
10. Do I have to book coworking spaces very long in advance?
Usually not! At least not on the deskbird app. Just open the application, check out all workspaces nearby and choose the one you like most. Depending on availability, it is possible to book your desk any time before check-in. Thus, coworking is for both planning freaks and short-term decision makers likewise.
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11. Do I have to be a member to use coworking spaces?
Luckily, you don’t have to! A lot of coworking spaces traditionally only offered access to members, but this trend has been reversed in the last years. It is nowadays possible to access the coolest coworking spaces for just an hour, half a day or on a daily basis without having to subscribe. It is especially easy to do so using coworking space comparison platforms like deskbird! Just download the app and book your future workplace in 3 clicks.