5 common questions asked about coworking when I ran a coworking business.
- What is coworking?
- Is it noisy?
- How much privacy do I get?
- Is it safe to leave my things?
- What are the benefits of coworking?
1.What is coworking?
Coworking can be described as many individuals and/or businesses sharing the same workplace. As a coworking office space provider in North Acton, London, I had a large open planned office space and then provide entrepreneurs, startups and small business with shared office space.
2. Is it noisy?
No more noisier than any normal office. When you work for yourself and you at the early stages of growth, your focus is for your work. Most of the people I have met that cowork, are driven, energetic and focused so from time things may sound busy. We have an exciting environment but people are respectful and mindful of others.
3. How much privacy do I get?
Most coworking offices I have been to have dedicated desk space. At Cowork Hub, you would have had your own dedicated fixed desk, storage and chair. We had meeting rooms and areas people can use if they temporarily need privacy. The office was very secure and we encouraged a sharing culture.
4. Is it safe to leave my things?
You were allocated a lockable pedestal to store your things. People could also bring in their own office furniture if they ask. There i
was CCTV both within the office and surrounding the building. We had manned reception and when reception isn’t there you were given a key fob.
5. What are the benefits of coworking?
When you start a new business, it is really helpful when others are going through the same process. You can not only shared experiences and also ideas. I have seen businesses grow quicker in coworking offices than they would have if they rented a private office. We encouraged a sharing culture because it creates a community spirit where people help each other. It really does work and it does help improve your business. There were regular networking events at Co Work Hub, West London.
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Unofficespace work with many workspace providers, especially covid-19 secure workspaces. We actively promote covid-19 secure workspace. Workspaces have to actively run within the guideline of the UK government restrictions. You can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
Going to work
You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home, to help reduce the spread of the virus and protect others.
If you cannot work from home you should continue to travel to your workplace. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work in:
critical national infrastructure
childcare or education
essential public services
essential retail, such as supermarkets and pharmacies
You do not need to be classed as a critical worker to go to work if you cannot work from home.
Where it is necessary for you to work in other people’s homes you can continue to, for example if you’re a:
You must follow the guidance on working in other people’s homes.
If you do not need to work in other people’s homes you should avoid meeting for work in a private home or garden, where COVID-19 Secure measures may not be in place.
Businesses and venues that breach the regulations may be subject to fixed penalties of £1,000 or a fine in court of up to £10,000.
You may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs if you have to work at home on a regular basis, either for all or part of the week. This includes if you have to work from home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You cannot claim tax relief if you choose to work from home.
Additional costs include things like heating, metered water bills, home contents insurance, business calls or a new broadband connection. They do not include costs that would stay the same whether you were working at home or in an office, such as mortgage interest, rent or council tax.
How much you can claim
You can either claim tax relief on:
£6 a week from 6 April 2020 (for previous tax years the rate is £4 a week) – you will not need to keep evidence of your extra costs
the exact amount of extra costs you’ve incurred above the weekly amount – you’ll need evidence such as receipts, bills or contracts
You’ll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax. For example, if you pay the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week you would get £1.20 per week in tax relief (20% of £6).
It depends on the contract and workspace provider. Most offer flexible contracts of a month but we often recommend people let us know your requirements and we will negotiate on your behalf. This will save you time and money.