Peter Ames, Web Editor for Office Genie, contributed this article to BusinessNewsDaily's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Co-working can be a brilliant option that offers you space in an office without any of the long-term commitment involved in renting your own office. If you're reading this you've probably decided to pack the laptop bag and head into a co-working space and these tips can help you make the most of your move.

Try to travel light

Always check what equipment is provided and what else you might need to take with you. No one wants to carry armfuls of luggage around with them, so don't bother taking reams of paper or filing boxes if they are available in the office. In fact all you will need to take to a lot of co-working spaces is a laptop. It also might be a good idea to take a pair of headphones in case the office buzz becomes a little too much on occasion.

Get involved

One of the most important things you need to take along with you is a warm attitude and a willingness to contribute. Co-working spaces are full of some of the most innovative and exciting new business minds that can offer genuinely useful feedback. It is also a great way to build a network of contacts that money just can't buy. You'll find if you are open and willing to offer opinions so will others, so what are you waiting for; embrace co-working!

Be on your best behavior

It's really important when you're sharing a workspace to be considerate of your other workers. So here are our top 5 tips to good co-working etiquette.

  • Don't make too much noise all the time; a bit of chatter is fine but constant talking may be too much.
  • Don't hog the tea and coffee (even if it's provided free).
  • Do ask people what they're up to and how things are going, but don't venture into nosiness.
  • Always do your washing up.
  • If you're moving out, try to leave a clean and tidy space behind you (no-one wants to spend their first day cleaning coffee rings off a desk).

Stay up late

Many desk rental schemes will offer out-of-hours events, which can range from anything to lunch and drinks on a Friday afternoon to the full office Christmas party. This is a great way to get to know your colleagues better outside of the office and can help you develop some really good working relationships.

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