- 7th March, 2018
The 6 types of people you’ll meet in a coworking space
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When you walk away from that big glitzy corporate world and all the departments, services and co-workers that gave you daily personal and business support it can feel quite scary. However, fear not because you can find yourself a new network of people to call colleagues or coworkers in shared workspaces throughout the world (or, right here in Manchester).
You might not think so on first setting out on your own, but these people can be important to you and can stop you feeling lonely and isolated. Choosing a coworking space that has diversity of types and ages of people working in it is a good place to start. This will give you the knowledge and experience you might need but not have access to as a freelancer, solo worker or entrepreneur.
The healthy coworker
This is the person who takes the stairs and stops us dipping in the biscuits at 11am. They arrive after a gym session, go for a walk at lunchtime and are hitting the yoga spot at the weekends. They always have a good healthy food tip and eat a delicious homemade lunch that puts your soggy sandwich to shame.
These are great people to have around as they are not judgemental but are always looking for buddies to go along with them to whatever class they are doing. They are great motivators and help us all to stop thinking like a couch potato and start thinking like a green goddess.
When we are all being told to eat less and move more these are the office buddies who will all make sure we have the energy to grow are business and be a success. There are lots of hidden health benefits of having this type of person in your coworking tribe.
The social media guru
Now, most of us understand how important social media can be to our new venture. However, above posting our weekend activities on Facebook or your lunch on Instagram many of us are not sure how to be noticed on social media. When you first start out alone, knowing there is someone who has already gone through all the pitfalls and can give you a beginner’s guide for dummies is a real advantage. A self-taught social media addict is always happy to share a skill or two but just following their social media feeds will give you a hint of what to do next. They normally also know where to direct you for some formal training. One of our members at Workplace has been great at promoting the new Google Garage on Manchester.
This is the one who asks all the questions and gets to know everyone. They are great introducers and know what everyone does. This makes them a real asset to the newbie as if you need any help about any subject they can normally point you in the right direction for the member who can give you help.
These people are the ones that are all inclusive and create event for others to join and get to know each other. They are not normally in it for self promotion but are naturally good hosts.
When you are first setting off or even established it can be hard to know where to go for help and support and looking no further than your co-workers can be a real cost saving exercise. It also means that often they will recommend your services when they know someone who can use your services.
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You say the word “networking events “to some people and it makes our blood run cold. Others however thrive on it and this makes them well connected. This is the member who is always having coffee with someone or hitting an event. If these people are good they always want to give help and so making sure they know what you do is a huge advantage. The next time they are with someone who says they need some legal advice, they are sure to recommend you if you make sure they know your credentials.
They know the networking rules – give first and receive second and we can all learn from this.
The fun one
This is the person who works hard but is also fun. Being happy is all about enjoying yourself and the occasional laugh. This is the person who always manages to lift everyone’s spirits and looks on the lighter side of life.
In Emily Madill’s recent blog shared by Huffington Post called “3 Ways to Enjoy More Play in Your Day” you could learn how to be the fun one in your shared work space!
The aspirational colleague
This sounds like it could be a negative, but it isn’t. This is the person who is working hard, motivated and dedicated to their cause. What this person does for you is drives you harder. When you are going it alone, it is sometimes hard to motivate yourself and not get distracted.
This is the person you aspire to be. It is like in sport they always say to play with someone who is better than you. This is the same work, alongside someone who you think is better than you that you can learn from and who makes you a better version of yourself. This is the person that will have a conversation that challenges you and tests you and is always happy to discuss your problems and challenges and help with the solutions.
So, overall being in a shared workspace does not have to be you going it alone without the traditional network of people from your corporate life. Even in a shared workspace these groups exist, and you just need to find the venue that works for you and incorporates the people that you need to help you get along.
Get to meet more of our members and what they do by heading over to our members spotlight section on our blog
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