Where should you set up your office? In your home? Rent from a doctor's office? Rent your own? There are so many choices that it can feel overwhelming.
We'll cover the rules and regulations around a home office in a future post. There are good resources for the the doctor's office options here.
Today, we'll talk in-depth about an option for renting an office that you may not have considered: co-working spaces.
Don't let the name fool you, just because co-working spaces are generally geared toward startups. Many of them offer private offices, nice amenities and flexible lease terms (usually month to month), making them a great place to get your practice started.
Here are some examples:
WeWork- located in 15 cities nation-wide (plus locations in 11 other countries!). This is the office space that Healthy Bytes uses. We like the convenience, modern decor, and nice amenities (coffee, private printing etc.) It's also a nice hub for finding clients. We have Wellness Wednesdays at our location which would be a great place to find stressed founders looking for some nutrition help.
Though WeWork is one of the largest co-working spaces, there are many local companies that offer similar arrangements: Regus, Carr Workplaces, Rocketspace, Industrious, Galvanize, Techspace, Venture X, Serendipity Labs to name a few.
Healthy Bytes got started at American Underground- a North Carolina spot that offers a wonderful community and offices across NC.
A few things to keep in mind:
1. Soundproofing- some offices and co-working spaces will be better at this than others. Be sure to check out the space during the hours you plan to see patients to get a sense of how noisy or quiet it may be.
2. Lease Terms- Is it month-to-month? Multi-year? Daily? There are advantages to all of them, just be sure you are clear on the terms. If you're signing a longer term lease, be sure to have a lawyer take a look. Small businesses often get suck with some unexpected terms., and it never hurts to be safe
3. Privacy- Does the door lock? Can you safely lock your files in filing cabinets? Do you have access to private printing (either via a code/key method or in a private office)? These are important considerations for HIPAA, so ask lots of questions when you tour!
If you decide to checkout WeWork, let us know and we can help with introductions. They have a nice referral program where we can both receive discounts. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: WeWork Referral to learn more.
This is not a sponsored post, we just love these resources and hope you find them useful.