Although most of us associate summer with taking time off, vacations typically last only a few weeks.
What about the rest of the season?
We spoke with Shane Kidwell, CEO of Think Tank Cowork in Everett, about how coworking spaces can be used in the summer.
“Businesses don’t take the summer off, and neither do entrepreneurs,” Kidwell says. “However, the type of work they do can be different, which means utilizing the space differently.”
During the summer, businesses often try to get their entire team together for meetings, to reconnect, strategize and brainstorm for the coming months.
“We see three to four times as many conference room bookings during the summer than we do in the fall,” Kidwell says. At Think Tank Cowork, “you don’t have to be a member to take advantage of the flexibility of a day pass; you can also utilize a Flex membership, which includes conference room usage.”
Choose your schedule
One of the best things about using coworking spaces is the flexibility it offers. Work flexibility, especially on long summer days, means you can work in the morning and still have time for a full day of outdoor fun and activity in the afternoon and evening
“Coworking spaces typically have 24/7 building access, meaning you can get to your space early, do your most important work in the morning, then get out and enjoy the day without worrying about what still needs to be done,” Kidwell says.
Host a social event
If a coworking space has a patio or rooftop access, you could host a morning yoga class, ice cream social, happy hour or any other outdoor activity that your team will be excited to put on their calendars. Outdoor events are simply more fun, so embrace the summer season and give your staff a reason to show up.
“Our rooftop deck is the perfect place to escape the indoor work spaces on a summer day or evening,” Kidwell says. “Our common areas like the Think Easy or the Hub Café are great for parties, workshops, game nights and more.”
Use as a creator space
Many coworking spaces are beginning to offer spaces designed for people in the creative industry including artists, writers, photographers, graphic designers, podcasters and others.
“Businesses are beginning to operate differently in 2023, by utilizing creative teams much more,” Kidwell says. “Many freelancers and solopreneurs are also looking for spaces like video and podcast studios where they can create while surrounded by a vibrant community.”