Co-working space: How the therapy world can learn a little something from corporate America.
The workforce is shifting tremendously. Companies are finally getting with the program and letting employees enjoy more flexibility in their days, times of work, and even location. As therapists in private practice (or those considering it)- we enjoyed the perks of more flexible schedules and workdays for quite some time. For many this is what initially drew you to private practice in the first place.
So how can therapists learn a little something from all these corporate companies opening their minds to alternative work days?? CO-WORKING SPACE!
Perhaps you’ve already heard of the new trend- that is not really a trend in the traditional sense because it is here to stay! Basically the premise with most co-working spots is that you can choose a work environment that is convenient for you, and you don’t have to lock yourself into yearlong leases- and it is not a noisy coffee shop! How does this flexible working space lend itself perfectly to therapists? Basically, as you are launching your practice it is really hard to lock yourself into long leases, so why not share a space that is fully stocked, comfy, cozy and ready for you on a daily basis.
How this works in practice for therapists:
- Space on demand. You only pay for the time slots you anticipate using monthly. This is just such a cool feature as you get ramping up in your practice. It is such an expensive pill to swallow to lock into a yearlong lease (this might even be a minimum- many landlords prefer longer commitments). Well some might say, “what about the sublease option?” This can definitely work out, however it is a bit tricky as you are likely locked into times of the day. Perhaps you are having a difficult time filling those slots and you spend more of your office hours doing admin work than seeing clients. Co-working space eliminates this frustration, as you can always use the big co-working space that is shared for administrative work AND you get to hone in on the client hours that work for you and your clients!
- Its always ready for you! You get to come and go as you please. You don’t have to manage the day to day office issues that most certainly arise in a more traditional office. You have to remember to stock the toilet paper, soap, paper towels etc. You also have to clean it yourself. Not in a co-working environment. In a co-working space you just get to focus on doing your work- making it really convenient to get started in a practice at your own pace.
- The company is awesome! A co-working environment allows you to feel like a part of a community. If you have a difficult session- you can process this with someone. If you have a business related question- well, you can always ask someone! Insurance being tough- commiserate with your colleagues. Being in private practice is fulfilling, enjoyable, flexible, and it can sometimes get lonely. Having a built in community is always a perk. I would say this is especially true when you are in the ramp up phase. So many questions and it is really cool to be able to connect with peers you can always keep in touch with!
So, if your New Years resolution is to get a private practice underway, utilizing Launch Wellness’ co-working space model is definitely a great option to help you feel supported and not overwhelmed with all the initial office costs and upkeep!