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How do I choose a coworking space?

October 2, 2023

Staring at the many coworking options at your disposal can feel a bit like staring at a star-studded sky, overwhelming yet incredibly exciting. Today, coworking spaces are not just about a desk and internet connection; they offer a whole world of opportunities - networking, amenities, flexibility, and more. But how do you pick the one that's just right for you? 

Buckle up, as we embark on a journey to crack the coworking conundrum.

Make a Blueprint

Before you even start your quest (AKA, Google search), it's essential to understand what you're looking for. 

Do you want a quiet corner or an open floor teeming with interactions? Do you need a dedicated desk or will an open seating area suffice? Maybe you need 24/7 access, or perhaps a pet-friendly space is your top priority. Perhaps you're a budding entrepreneur who values networking opportunities above all. 

Jot down your non-negotiables. This step helps you outline your unique coworking blueprint.

Location, Location, Location

At Venture X, our spaces are well tailored to accommodate varied preferences throughout the vibrant landscape of Denver, Colorado. If you crave access to a prominent professional environment while adjacent to large residential areas, Venture X Greenwood Village Tech Center could be your welcoming and productive workspace convenient to home. Perhaps the pulsating heartbeat of the downtown Denver lifestyle is what ignites your passion to work? In that case, Venture X LoDo, conveniently located at the Dairy Block and next to Union Station and Coors Field, is precisely where you need to be. And for those seeking the perfect blend of historic urban charm without the central business district intensity, Denver North offers a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere for setting up your workspace. Venture X’s in Denver are more than just workspaces - they can serve as your personal work havens, adapted to your individualistic needs.

Amenities: The Deal Sweeteners

Coworking spaces are increasingly pulling out all stops to lure members, turning them into veritable luxury workspaces. From state-of-the-art conference rooms and private phone booths to coffee bars and podcasting studios, the list of amenities can be dazzling. According to a survey by Coworker, 75% of coworking members consider amenities important.

However, while it's easy to get swayed by the shiny extras, focus on the ones that truly add value to your work. Fast and reliable internet, printing facilities, and ergonomic furniture are often more important than an on-site gym or rooftop seating.

Community: The Power Network

Coworking spaces serve up an exciting platter of networking opportunities, something solo working can't compete with. These places are teeming with professionals from diverse industries, fostering a vibrant community. The Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) reports that 82% of respondents said coworking has expanded their professional networks.

Look for spaces that regularly host networking events, workshops, and social gatherings. These can provide fantastic opportunities to mingle, learn, and potentially collaborate on projects with like-minded individuals.

Flexibility: The Modern Mandate

In a rapidly evolving world, flexibility is key. Coworking spaces, with their variety of membership plans, meet this need brilliantly. Whether you're a night owl or an early bird, a freelancer or a team, there's a plan for you.

Do you want the security of a monthly membership, or does a day pass suit your unpredictable schedule? The variety of plans on offer - hot desks, dedicated desks, private offices, etc., ensures there's a perfect fit for everyone.

Atmosphere: The Unsung Hero

The atmosphere of a coworking space can significantly impact your productivity and mood. An Officevibe report states that 70% of respondents believe their coworking space fosters creativity, and 68% say they're able to focus better.

Is the environment energetic or tranquil? Does it inspire creativity or foster concentration? Visit potential spaces, spend some time there, observe the other members, the décor, the overall vibe. Your ideal space should spark joy and motivate you to do your best work.

Cost: The Bottom Line

Budgeting is a crucial part of selecting your coworking space. Prices can vary widely based on location, amenities, and the type of workspace you opt for. In your cost calculations, factor in not just the membership fees but also incidental costs like commuting, dining, etc. At Venture X, we make sure to offer a price range that works for any individual that comes through our doors. Check out our membership options here. 

Try Before You Buy: The Smart Move

Many coworking spaces offer trial periods or day passes. This is your chance to ‘test-drive’ the space. Use the amenities, interact with the community, gauge the atmosphere, and evaluate the overall experience before making a commitment. After all, there's no better judge than experience.

Come check out Venture X for the day and see which of our 3 Denver locations is the right fit for you. Learn more here