8 Reasons to Hold Your Next Event in a Coworking Space
If you’re tired of hosting workshops or meetings in stuffy offices, expensive event rooms or bland classrooms, a coworking space can provide a great alternative.
Coworking spaces, which often have meeting rooms available for the public to rent, are full of interesting, engaged people. They’re already set-up for groups events, and they’re trusted community resources. Here are eight reasons to hold your next event in a coworking space.
1. Coworking Spaces Have Built-In Networks
If you’re trying to reach new audiences, coworking spaces have built-in, informal professional networks of people eager to learn and connect. If you have something to offer freelancers, independent professionals, small teams and remote workers, hosting an event in a coworking space can help you grow your network and business profile.
2. Position Yourself as a Valuable Local Resource
Coworking spaces tend to be community hubs for entrepreneurs, startups, creatives and tech professionals. Hosting your event at a coworking space positions you as a resource for these communities.
3. Contribute to Your Local Community
Beyond the community of coworking space members, you can contribute to your extended local community by hosting your event at a coworking space. People from all walks of life may look to the local coworking space for information, inspiration and interesting events.
4. Connect with Local Movers and Shakers in the Coworking Space
Coworking spaces are full of movers and shakers from a wide variety of sectors, including tech, nonprofit, small business development, programming and media. By hosting your event at a coworking space, you can connect with professionals from these industries and potentially create ways to support each other.
5. Coworking Spaces Have the Business Amenities You Need
One of the benefits of hosting your event in a coworking space is that the event space, tables, chairs, coffee and tea, projector, speakers, and all the other amenities you need are already in-place. You don’t have to worry about picking up coffee, arranging rooms or stacking chairs—you can focus on hosting a great event.
6. The Coworking Space May Promote Your Event
Coworking spaces generally have large, engaged networks of people. If you’re hosting an event in a coworking space, the space may announce your event in its newsletter, community calendar and social media.
7. Coworking Spaces are Comfortable
Coworking spaces are designed for people to work for long hours in. They’re welcoming, comfortable and informal. Hosting an event in a coworking space can put your guests—as well as presenters—at ease and create a vibe of comfort and productivity.
8. Coworking Spaces have Someone Working the Door
If you throw an event on your own, you’ll need to get people to watch the door. If you throw an event at a coworking space during business hours, the space will likely have a community manager who can direct people to the room, restrooms and coffee.
These are some of the benefits of hosting your next event in a coworking space. Find a meeting room near you to schedule your next event.
Cat Johnson is a writer and content strategist focused on coworking, community and the future of work. Publications include Shareable, Yes! Magazine, Mother Jones and Lifehacker. She’s the author of Coworking Out Loud, and sends weekly content tips and resources to coworking space operators.