Have you grown tired of working at home alone? Is your home office not quite the right environment for getting work done and staying productive? Then you may want to consider opting for a coworking space.

A coworking space is one way to find a better balance between work and your private life. When you work from home, it’s easy to be disturbed by noise, someone coming in every so often, your fur baby coming to demand attention. All those distractions keep you from getting things done. A coworking space may be the right solution for you.

But how to get the most from your coworking space? Here’s a list to give you some ideas!

1). Explore What’s Available

Each coworking space is unique and has its own culture, so it’s a good idea to check a several coworking spaces before you choose a space. It’s important to see if your business fits in with the culture in the coworking space, and that you feel comfortable there. Also consider if there’s enough privacy, if this is something crucial to your work. And check to see if there are too many distractions such as noise and socializing that could keep you from getting things done.

Another essential consideration are the amenities that are offered. Check to make sure that you’ll have what you need to conduct business. For instance, do you require a meeting room for interviews and meetings with clients? Does the coworking space offer a break room or access to a kitchen? Do they have the right office equipment you may need?

One way to avoid paying for the wrong coworking space, see if there are any daily or weekly membership options. This way, you won’t be stuck in a long-term (or even a short-term) lease, in a place that just doesn’t have what you need to work.

2). Socialize

Coworking spaces are all about socializing with others. These are places where you can connect with other business professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. You may find a connection with a mentor, who can guide you through some business issues you’re having. Or you may enjoy talking with the person who’s just getting their start up off the ground. Socializing is key to staying sane and it’s a great way to connect with others and find inspiration for your own business.

3). Take Advantage of Networking Events

Many coworking spaces offer networking events such as mixers, guest speakers, holiday parties, workshops and more. These events are a great way to learn new skills, gain knowledge, and of course connect with others in your coworking space. Be sure to take advantage of the networking events sponsored by your coworking space. You’ll be happy you did.

4). Get to Know the Community Manager

Coworking spaces usually have a community manger who watches over the community. They may have information you need at some point. They observe and interact with everyone who’s been in the space or is working there now. They’ll have a wealth of information and knowledge gathered from the people they’ve worked with. They may also be a great aid in finding business resources you need. A very helpful resource, which should not be overlooked.

5). Know the Difference to Being Helpful or Hurtful

People in coworking spaces may sometimes reach out for assistance with business issues. This is common and encouraged; however, it must be done with care. You may interact with others who may or may not want your assistance.

The hurtful type of help is called proactive helping. This is when you become involved without anyone asking for your help. This can be hurtful, and also cause problems in the relations you’ve developed in the coworking space.

On the other hand, helpful assistance, which is called reactive helping, is stepping in to assist only when you’ve been asked.

We encourage you to be of assistance to others, but make sure to do it in the right way, through reactive assistance.

6). Stay Productive

As with a traditional office, a coworking space can be distracting, which may lower your productivity. It could be people coming by when you’re in the middle of an important business task. Or there could be loud music that’s distracting and too loud.

You may find yourself at the coworking space on a day filled with distractions there. Be sure to carry the right tools to help ease your distraction and get you focused on your work. This may include a set of noise-cancelling earphones and more. Keep them on hand at all times, so you can stay productive.

7). Have the Right Tools

Coworking spaces, as noted above, can be noisy. It’s a good idea to purchase a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones to work around this issue. Keep them with you and ready to put on when you need them.

In addition, it’s always a good idea to carry extra cables and cords for your devices. And of course, finding a comfortable place to work is also helpful.

8). Use Meeting Rooms

You’ll find that your coworking space offers some great meeting rooms. Meeting and conference rooms are in high demand, so you’ll need to book ahead as soon as possible. It’s pretty frustrating believing there’s a space available for your meeting, and then get there and find out it’s been taken.

9). Stay Active with the Community

Becoming a member of the coworking space’s community is a great benefit. You want to avoid trying to make a sale there by offering your products and services to those in the community. Just as you wouldn’t do this in a traditional office, this type of activity should be avoided in the coworking space, as well.

The whole idea behind the community is to become a member and be active. Interact with others by seeking out their opinions, advice and more. You’ll have great benefits from their insights, rather than trying to make the sale.

10). Always Be Respectful

Apply the same principles you do in other areas of your life—be respectful of others in the coworking space. Try to avoid being too noisy, don’t get into a huge argument with someone who doesn’t see your point of view and always clean up after yourself.

The Golden rule applies in the coworking space—Treat others as you would like them to treat you.

We hope these tips will help you get more out of your coworking space. It’s a great place to become involved with other professionals. And coworking spaces offer a better way to balance work and private life. By taking advantage of these tips, you’ll find working in the coworking office space is more rewarding and productive.