Starting a business from home can be isolating to say the least. If you find yourself having conversations in the neighborhood drugstore – with yourself -- you may be ready to leave your home office and join others in the same situation.
Hotdesking can help (there’s even a magazine dedicated to it) but consider a few things when choosing a locale:
- Know your needs. Co-working or shared working spaces offer open work spaces where you sit side-by-side with other people, or offices with doors that close and conference rooms for small or large meetings.
- Fees vary. Expect to pay $25 to $35 to rent desk space for a single day or $275 to $300 a month for dedicated space. Many have discounts for groups; there are a few Meetup groups dedicated to telecommuting.
- Amenities vary. These days, besides a desk and chair, almost any co-working space offers high-speed wireless internet connections, coffee, water and restrooms, possibly copy machines and printers and a even a kitchen available. Bring everything you think you may need, however.
- Spacefinders. There are apps like LiquidSpace and sites such as Opendesks that can help locate available open office space when you're on the road.
- It’s not for everyone. People who enjoy the solitude of working at home may find the space itself intrusive.