5 Essential Tips to Find a Perfect Co-Working Space While Traveling

5 Essential Tips to Find a Perfect Co-Working Space While Traveling

In the past, very few people could travel and work at the same time. At the moment, we have so many digital nomads that are changing the narratives about working and traveling. Remote working has become so popular, giving all kinds of people the freedom to explore the world without putting their careers on the line.

While some business travelers can manage to do a few works in a café, many prefer co-working spaces. It may not be difficult to find a co-working space in some cities, but finding the perfect one can be tough.

Here are five tips that can help you out.

Determine Your Needs

If this is the very first time you are going to use a co-working space while traveling, it is important that you create a list of everything you need to do. Even if you have done it many times in the past, you should assess your specific needs at any time, since work goals may differ from time to time. Be sure of what you need to achieve and everything you will need in a co-working space. This will help you make an informed decision when you consider your options.

Do Background Research

A simple Google search will reveal the top co-working spaces in the city you are traveling to. Consider those that are highly rated. For instance, if you are visiting Houston, Texas, or the surrounding areas, a great option may be Novel Coworking Houston. However, do not depend on Google reviews alone. Go deeper to learn about the space and determine if it has the capacity to meet your needs.  

When it comes time to research possible co-locations for work while on travel, it’s important to know about the many different options available. As seen through the Novel Coworking site, office suites, office space, dedicated desks and virtual offices are continually among the most efficient and requested options available.

Consider the Location

If you are staying in the city for days, you need to consider the location of the co-working space from your accommodation, along with means of transportation. You also need to make sure that the co-working office space is located in a safe neighborhood. Consider office style, available amenities, internet speed, and other important factors. A physical tour of the space is also necessary if you are going to work there for a week or more. Make sure the atmosphere is conducive and aligns with your work goals. 

Consider Working Hours

This is one of the most important things to consider in choosing a co-working space. You want to make sure that it will be open during your most productive hours. If you work best at night, you will want a space that stays open at night.

And of course, while performing any type of work, you’ll want to eliminate as many distractions as possible. Such productivity killers include being on your phone, gossiping with other workers and internet surfing while trying to get work done in your co-working space.

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Depending on what you are looking to get done, and when, some co-working spaces are open round-the-clock. Consider their working hours and make sure it is in line with your needs.

Make Sure It Fits Your Budget

You don’t have to create a hole in your pocket simply because you want a good co-working space. Consider your budget and the price of the co-working spaces in the city or town you are traveling to. There must be affordable options that will meet your needs.

In Summary…

Anytime you travel or find yourself in a new environment, co-working spaces can provide you with the ideal temporary workspace to continue working. However, you should determine your needs, research about the area, consider your location and working hours. With this, you can find the ideal co-working office that meets your needs and budget.

How to Create an Awesome Office Space for Your Business

How to Create an Awesome Office Space for Your Business

One of the many perks of running your own business or being an entrepreneur is that you actually get to work from the comfort of your own home. Even if you aren’t working from home, you probably still have an awesome office that was set up to your liking.

Since I first started making money online back in the mid-90s, I’ve always had a separate room for running the day to day operations. You can see one of my first office rooms in the picture below.

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You can see a recent updated version of what my office today. Yes, I still like to collect things… but it’s actually a lot cleaner and minimalist in it’s latest setup (which I’ll update with a picture soon).

And yes… I even ran my business from a small kitchen desk while relocated for six months during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy — truely defining the concept of living a laptop lifestyle!

My Temporary Office

To view other office spaces and desks from other top bloggers and entrepreneurs, you can refer to my previous article on this here.

Quick Tips for Creating a Better Office Space

Whether you work in a corporate office building or your own home office, small work spaces can cut into your productivity if not dealt with properly. With these design tips, your office space can become a location of complete practicality and efficiency, with a little touch of designer elegance. If you’re ready to make a cramped space look more expansive and become more productive, follow these guidelines.

Cut Down on Clutter

If you’re working with a small space, you simply can’t afford to be disorganized. Every day, take five or ten minutes out of your afternoon to clear up your space before you finish working. Take advantage of occasional purges, getting rid of items you no longer need or have simply never had use for.

Cut down on your reliance on paper. While tangible, paper copies are essential for certain items, cutting down on unnecessary piles of paper receipts and documents will get rid of the need for bulky storage filing systems, making for a cleaner, tidier space. This directly translates into more room and a more expansive appearance. If you’ve got cables wiring in and around your office, it’s high time to get with the program and go wireless. If this is an impossibility, consider wire-hiding solutions that will quickly and effectively disguise any computer cables, lighting wires, or other cluttered cords. 

If all else fails… be sure to check out this user guide from LifeHacker on getting out from under all of your office crap!

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Decorations

While it’s necessary to get rid of clutter, you don’t want to go so far as to create a stark environment. Well-sourced art pieces and desk adornments can do well for both visual appearances and mental stimuli. Pick visual or cognitive objects that will stimulate thought or reminders for your work.

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Try modern art pieces from a site like www.touchofmodern.com. Whether it’s concrete and metal-infused wall décor or high-tech desk gadgets that provide style and practicality, keeping your décor modern will help you create a cohesive space.

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It also couldn’t hurt to add some motivational posters to your walls for those days that you need an extra work ethic pick-me-up.

Be Symmetric

When you mix décor themes and differing furniture designs, the eye is forced to flit from object to object without a sense of cohesion or balance. Keep a similar theme throughout your office, as this will create a better sense of balance and remain easy on the eye. It’s easier for us to take in complementing pieces, and a direct side effect of this ease is a more expansive looking room.

Need some inspiration for how to create a symmetric office? These 9 designs from Office Snapshots should help.

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Consider Color

Don’t underestimate the power of color. If you’d like to make your office look bigger, try a neutral color palette on the walls and within your decorations. While white is a classic choice, and for good reason as it is the most expansive looking, it can be a bit boring and lead to a sterile, hospital-like vibe. Light greys and beiges are the way to go, with a pop of accent color here and there.

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HuffingtonPost has a great article on the many different colors that should be considered when painting an office — some interesting stats to back each of them up as well!

The Power of Mirrors

One powerful investment with a wonderful return is a good mirror or two. You’ve no doubt heard that mirrors can make a small place look bigger, but why exactly is that? Mirrors reflect the present surface space, along with natural and artificial lighting, essentially doubling the space your eye takes in. Line an empty wall space with a large hanging mirror, and use mirrored materials on shelving. 

Before heading out and grabbing the first mirror you can find, be sure to check out these article from WikiHow for ideas on where to place them to improve room space and openness.

A Smaller Desk

Avoid an expansive desk that takes up too much space. Focus on finding a smaller desk made with modern materials, such as glass or industrial metal. These provide the practical working space given by traditional wooden office desks with an up-to-date feel. Be discerning with your desk placement. While natural inclination is to place it in the center of the room, this completely cuts your office in half—a huge mistake for those of us working with little space. You would do better to have a wall-installed desk to clear up as much floor space as possible.

No matter the current setup or size of your office, Amazon has hundreds of desks to choose from — in a wide range of sizes, styles and prices.

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Vertical Virtuoso

If you’re wanting to create more space without sacrificing practicality, think vertically, especially when it comes to your storage solutions. Vertical shelving units, wall planters, and wall hooks can be surprisingly versatile, and create more space than you might expect.

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Whether you are looking for space saving shelves or to simply get creative, this article (with pictures) is a great resource for different ideas and concepts for placing shelves within your office or around the home.

Building the Perfect Office for Yourself

At the end of the day, your office is where you are going to be spending most of your time. Make sure it’s somewhere that you want to be. This means creating and designing it the way you like, and not loading it up with expensive stuff you don’t like just to impress people!

By combining these techniques, you can easily make your office space look more expansive than it is, improving your productivity and overall business impression.