Coworking etiquette

Coworking is an excuse to work with other people for those who normally fly solo. As a aerial co-worker, here are my guidelines for perfect harmony.

  • Background noise is a plus of co-working, the energy is contagious, but if it’s quiet and you’re taking a long phone call, it’s a good idea to step away from the group for a while so as to not disrupt conversation or their work flow.
  • Similarly, if you need some uninterrupted time to focus, a subtle way of letting people know is putting some noise-reducing headphones in your ears, even if you’re not listening to anything. Just indicate when you back in the fold.
  • If you’re say you going to attend, turn up as people will be expecting you.
  • Make a point of saying hello to everyone, find out what their needs are and see if you can help or introduce them to anyone. If someone's helped you out, the simplest way of saying thanks (and making friends) is to offer to buy them a coffee!
  • Keep the place tidy and just take up the space you need and everyone will get along famously!

 By Rickie, founder of Birmingham Jelly who can be contacted via @RickieWrites

Making CoWorking Productive

If you work mainly on your own, co-working is a great way to exchange ideas, share knowledge and meet people. If an excuse was needed, it’s the perfect one to get out and have some banter! Here are our top tips to ways to make it fun and productive and be the go-to co-worker:

  • Plan your work for co-working days. What short, simple, tasks can you do that will withstand interruptions and background banter? Research, writing your action plan or goals or creating new website contact are great jobs to do with people around you to help. Or use it as a day to catch up on responding to and clearing all your emails.
  • Being able to brainstorm ideas in real time is enough to spur you on to take that new project forward. Now people know about it, they will be asking you for an update, encouraging you to doing it!
  • If you’re spending a few hours at the co-working venue, take your meetings there. It breaks up the day, stretches your legs and is an excellent opportunity to fit in those coffee-catch-ups with people who want to meet with you all in one. Bonus, you don’t have to go outdoors or make the coffee!
  • This is also the place to ask questions; need an app to help organise your time better? Someone here will know one and not only recommend it, but happily show you how to use it, saving you time and sealing a new friendship into the bargain.
  • Lock in to your tasks in hand and only get up to get another drink/lunch/bathroom break when you deserve it!
  • Coworking is a fantastic way of keeping abreast of business news, contacts and technology.

Moe information about the co-working event  Birmingham Jelly can be found here.

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Networking = Having a Coffee

Know Like Trust two coffee cups

5 New Ways to Build Your Network

Thank goodness those days of walking into a room of be-suited, business card thrusting people are over. Or are they? Let’s look at more fun, and ultimately more productive ways of building your network anyway.

Mix with your own kind

Go online to see what’s going on and find likeminded people. Take a look at Meet Up or what’s on sites in your area and mix with people you want to be with. If you like the people, it will be a pleasure to introduce them to potential customers and chances are they’ll do the same for you.

Have a coffee

Or Tea. When you meet someone you click with, it’s great to build that relationship and to get to know one another well-enough to make recommendations. If you’re not that close, how about setting aside half an hour for a Skype chat or phone call? Just pop that kettle on first!

Friends and family

Are all the people you know aware of your business? These people already know like and trust you so they are your number one fans. Do give them flyers to take to work, posters to put on their notice boards and even invites to events where you’ll be promoting. 

Co working

The most natural conversations you’ll have are with your colleagues. So if you work alone, co-working with others in the same position brings back the banter, camaraderie and fun into your day. Try locating a Jelly where you are or even make a day of it by travelling to a work in a different city for the day. 

Social Media

This is your daily fix of safe banter, knowledge, news and know-how at the end of your finger-tips.  It’s free and you don’t have to leave your chair or get out of your PJs. Join in conversations such as #CraftyBreak by simply searching for words that interest you. Using tools such as Hootsuite even allow you to search locally.

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