Many entrepreneurs welcome the flexibility of working from home when they choose to become self-employed. At some point, however, success means needing a workspace that presents your company as professional. Shared workspace can be a solution for that transition.
Mikal E. Belicove, interviewing Watercooler’s Jenifer Ross for Entrepreneur.com, maps out the technical questions to ask when looking for a shared workspace in the article “Selecting the Best Shared Workspace for Your Tech Needs.”
In addition to your physical space needs (private offices or open-floor plan? multiple conference rooms?), consider your connections:
“Wi-Fi is a start. Look for access to a stand-alone, workhorse color laser printer, copier, fax and scanner–“all-in-one models work fine,” Ross says–through a wired network. If you know you’ll need major internet bandwidth to handle large graphics or video files, hunt for a space that has invested in a high-speed T1 internet line and is wired with Ethernet cable for direct connections to the web. Often these setups will come with direct-dial VoIP phones as part of the rent. And, yes, you’ll want to make sure the Wi-Fi signal reaches your section of the office.”
And while you’re at it, how about a conference room equipped with an HD video camera and monitor for teleconferencing? Many shared workspaces provide these amenities and include access in your fees. And, you might just get to eat off that kitchen table again.
Laura Abrahamsen, October, 2, 2012