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Like a traditional first day on the job, your first few times at a coworking space can be stressful and full of questions. Who are these people? How am I supposed to act? How can you settle into a coworking space as easily as possible?

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Coworking spaces, as we’ve covered many times on WebWorkerDaily before, are beloved by many web workers and even good for the surrounding community. But just because coworking spaces help many remote workers plug into a community doesn’t mean making the transition from solo working at home, or your local coffee shop, to sharing a workspace with a bunch of strangers is completely seamless.

Like a traditional first day on the job, your first few times at a coworking space can be stressful and full of questions. Who are these people? How am I supposed to act? What’s my new routine? So how can you smooth that transition and settle in to a coworking space as easily as possible? Blog Workshifting has tips, including:

Check out the space. If you’re lucky enough to have a choice of coworking spaces, check out each one (they often offer a free trial) for factors such as facilities, atmosphere, noise and levels of interaction. Choose the one most suited to your business requirements, personality and whether you simply want another place to work or to become part of a community.

Introduce yourself straightaway. As it can be awkward to do so later when you’ve been working alongside people for a while. Take in some snacks to hand round if you’re a bit shy about doing this and not only will you get to meet everybody but you’ll be guaranteed instant popularity.

Learn the phone policy. Make sure you know the policy on dealing with phone calls and follow it. That may mean leaving the room to take a call or simply keeping your voice down. It shows consideration if you put your phone on the Meeting setting so that your colleagues don’t have to listen repeatedly to your ring tone.

Check out the complete Workshifting post for more tips and ideas.

What’s your advice on how to settle into a new co-working space?

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  1. Margot Bushnaq Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Trying the space out for a day is key, like you said. Also ask what kinds of business the people around you are running. Also don’t be afraid to ask the owners what kind of “vibe” they are shooting for (fun vs quiet, relaxed vs professional, etc.)

  2. Please, please, please turn off the cutesy sound theme on your messaging client(s), before you drive your co-working co-workers crazy.

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