The ultimate guide on how to make the most of your virtual coworking community in 2023
Here is everything you need to know about virtual coworking, and how to make the most of it. This blog will go through:
A virtual coworking space offers almost the same benefits as a physical coworking space, except for the fact that, of course, it’s virtual. Virtual coworking provides a sense of community and accountability from the comfort of your own home, minimizing outside noise and disruptions.
There are a number of benefits when it comes to virtual coworking. For example increased flexibility and convenience, maximized productivity, networking opportunities, and cost savings! With virtual coworking, workers can easily engage and collaborate with others without having to relocate to a physical location.
One thing about virtual coworking is that it will hold you accountable, so you can definitely expect productivity to increase through virtual coworking!
Now that you have an idea of what virtual coworking is all about, or if you’re simply trying to maximize your virtual coworking space, here’s how.
Explore Different Virtual Co-Working Platforms
There are a number of software, tools, and platforms available online for virtual coworkers. A virtual coworking space is built to connect you with other people who are trying to focus on their own tasks.
The best part about virtual coworking is that you are in control of how and where you work, so use that to your advantage and join different online communities! Some virtual coworking spaces are free and available for anyone to use, while others might require a membership sign-up. However, most of them offer free trials.
Sure, you can stick with one and schedule the same session every week, but you have the opportunity to go out there (on the Internet) and explore different virtual coworking spaces! Make the most of virtual coworking by playing around with the unique features and tools that each platform has to offer, and find one that works for you.
Build a Network
One of the many benefits that come with virtual coworking is that it opens the door to endless possibilities for networking. You get to meet other like-minded people, creative individuals in similar and contrasting careers, and industry professionals! Virtual coworking broadens your network as you are able to connect with people from all across the globe.
Make the most of your networking opportunities by getting to know your coworking mate! Introduce yourself, share ideas, and exchange contacts. If they are open to it, ask about their career journey and experiences. Not only is this a fantastic way to foster a connection, but hearing other people’s stories is a big part of how we learn! Who knows, it might just be what you need to jumpstart that creative idea in your head and inspire your next project.
Just as one would organize your physical work desk at the office by buying containers of various sizes to fit your oddly sized drawers, a mug to hold all the pencils that you don’t use, and a plastic folder to keep random paperwork, your virtual coworking space needs organization too.
The flexibility of virtual coworking might result in you not sticking to a consistent schedule or work plan, since you have the convenience of canceling and rescheduling all within a click of a button. However, staying organized can help you make the most of your virtual coworking space. For example:
Personalize Your Virtual Workspace
Enhance Your Workspace
A comfortable workspace is key to maximizing productivity and health. Life tip: your physical health matters even when you are working virtually! There are many ways to improve your work environment by creating a home office.
Make the most of virtual coworking by investing in your physical health. With the amount you saved through virtual coworking, consider finding ergonomic furniture such as an adjustable office chair or a standing desk, house plants to incorporate greenery, and smart lighting to minimize straining your eyes.
Virtual coworking can get a little lonely, and employees may feel they lack the training and development opportunities that one might get at a physical office. This study highlights the importance of seeking feedback and how it is a resource for achieving creative outcomes (better performance!)
The great thing about virtual coworking is that by joining a community, you are automatically connected with people who probably seek similar opportunities as you. People who have gone out of their way to meet and work with others. Many virtual coworking spaces actually encourage their workers to reflect after a long day of work. This is a great time for you to share your progress and ask for feedback.
Not sure how? Here are some questions to get you started (always ask if they are open to speak about it first!):
One thing about virtual coworking is that it is here to stay. So, why not make the most of it?
Make the most of virtual coworking by:
Erica is a Marketing Content Analyst at Litespace with a passion to help companies foster stronger corporate culture and better employee engagement in the hybrid work environment. Specializing in marketing and communications, Erica is eager to share her knowledge and research on hybrid work.
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