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The Best Secret Coworking Spaces to hire in London

HotPatch’s Hidden HotSpots

Working remotely or remotely working, am I right? Wait, no. That’s the same thing.

HotPatch has collated a list of some of the more unusual and unique coworking spaces that you can nest in and work at for the day, or by the hour. If you’re a London local, or perhaps you’re visiting and have to decided to chase down a Patch packed with personality, then these co-works will work for you.

For more Patches; from co-works, to gyms and salons, visit HotPatch.com. Likewise, if you own space — get in touch!


Community Centric Coworking Space in Hammersmith

A grand space with a beautiful, ergonomic design filled with natural light, sits invitingly in Hammersmith, ready to host your work plans, and help you find your community.

Designed also as a retreat, to relax and reflect, you can find multiple wellness events throughout the week to help keep your mind active and engaged.

Alongside wellness events, the space features networking events, breakfast meetings, afterwork socials and plenty of opportunities to connect and interact with the people around you.

Broaden your social horizons, work smart and strike the right balance in this lavish community space.

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Rural-style coworking space
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Multifunction Coworking Space in North London

This multi-use space in North London, holds music at the heart of its community. With music studios, a content creation suite, event space and meeting rooms, all adjacent to the large coworking area, you’ll find this is the one-stop shop for all types of creativity.

With the slick cylindrical centre-piece, and comfortable, modern studios, this Patch is a one of a kind in the collection.

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Their online community also features webinar discussions, workshops and other types of collaborative opportunities. Their goal is to allow creatives to thrive in the industry.

So join the community, and be a part of the culture today. For coworks in Hagerston, this is top of the list.

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Collaborative Workspace with Natural Light in North London

Looking for a unique co-work in North London? This 320 sqft space is located upstairs inside a Georgian Townhouse. A lot of co-works have a real office feel, but this one very much feels like home.

With natural light, a seated lounge, and other breakout rooms, the large space makes for the perfect environment to spend the day, run meetings and host presentations. Other purposes can include, running team-building activities or focus groups and events.

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Not sure if the Georgians were big on co-works, but we love this cowork in Islington.


Are you that person “looking for coworking spaces near me?” Or for coworks to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of rentable coworks studios today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own coworkers, you can list with us by signing up on our website.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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How a professional musician makes additional income renting out their home studio with HotPatch

Sam Thomas is a musician, producer and owner of a home music studio, and office — both available to rent in London. 

Sam not only rents out his studio, but also acts as an in-house producer for other musicians in need of his technical experience: a commodity particularly sought-after in the industry. 

Sam proves deftly economic with his space, with movable scaffold stands, an adjustable laptop desk, alongside an accessible display of instruments. The space is properly sound-treated, and crucially provides a quiet space to record to a professional standard. All necessities for getting that studio-quality album sound. 

HotPatch speaks with Sam about his unique offering, and how he’s making the most of his talent and space.


What originally gave you the idea to rent out your home studio and dining room as a workspace?

I was working part-time jobs for years to support myself at the start of my music career and then one day came to the realisation that I’d accumulated enough gear and experience to ‘go it alone’ and start a ‘mini’ studio out of my tiny garden office. 

I originally thought I’d just rent out the space itself but I’ve found that the vast majority of people are looking to work with a producer, so I’ve since ended up doing a lot of production work for a good few years now. I moved recently to a bigger and better place in Leyton with my girlfriend, and not only is the studio an upgrade but we have enough space to rent out our dining room for co-working during the day now too.

Sam in his home studio
Sam in his home-studio in London
As a musician yourself, how important is it do you think to find the right space to record and produce in?

It’s very much part of my personality to make my surroundings as nice as I can, I’m a massive neat freak and love everything to be as ergonomic and hassle free as possible, so that has always extended to my music setup too. I guess a lot of musicians work ‘on the fly’ but I love being in a familiar space that I know really well and feel totally comfortable in. I also hate people hearing a work in progress, so it’s a real luxury to have a room that I can make as many weird noises as I want in without being overheard!

What are some of the most important inclusions in a home studio?

It’s not a very glamorous answer but now software is so good the vast majority of production can be done on a computer, especially electronic stuff. Recording live acoustic instruments and vocals well requires a quiet and acoustically treated space though. I’d say second to the computer the best speakers and audio interface you can get your hands on are pretty crucial, and again the speakers ideally need to be in a well treated space so that you know what you’re hearing is ‘accurate’ and will translate well across as many devices as possible. Everyone’s different but in my experience mixing on headphones doesn’t turn out well compared to mixing on speakers. Also I’d say spend as much as you can afford on a high quality and diverse microphone or two and branch out from there.

In your own studio, there seems to be a lot of little personal touches. What are some of your favourites?

I’m pleased with the laptop stand that I made, It’s an arm that pivots at two places so that I can move the laptop from instrument to instrument and easily press record etc while I’m playing. The laptop sits on a rubber-painted wooden dish with holes for wires to poke out at the sides so that I can put all the hard drives etc etc that I need neatly underneath, I really hate clutter! The keyboards all pull out away from the wall on their scaffold stands that I made which also makes life a lot easier, so they tuck away when not in use. The general idea is that everything is really accessible and always set up as much as possible so that nothing breaks the creative flow.

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Sam’s music studio, available to rent on HotPatch
For other musicians who may be starting off, what do you think are some of the advantages in renting equipment and space like yours, over building your own studio?

Building up an arsenal of expensive equipment and the experience to know how to get the best out of it takes a long time, so until you feel you’re at that stage it’s great to be able to go and try things out with someone like me — I think it’s important as a producer to teach people whatever they’re interested in about gear etc as you go through the process of making music together, so they can go on to make informed decisions about improving their own setup.

I learned so so much from working with the guy who produced my first album. Alternatively though getting into the nitty gritty, technical side of production understandably isn’t for everyone, so for musicians that want to focus on just the music hopefully a space like mine will enable them to do that, with me filling in the technical gaps or adding extra instruments they don’t play themselves etc.

Do you have any advice to other owners of studio/home space?

I’d say if people have got to the point of owning their own studio then it isn’t really for me to offer them advice, everyone does things differently which is the beauty of working with different people.

Where can people find you if they’re interested in seeing more of your work?

My website is samthomasmusic.com 

Additionally, Sam’s debut album ‘Blind Theatre,’ is available to buy or stream online. 


Are you that person “looking for music studios near me?” Or for music studios to rent in London

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of rentable music studios today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own studio, you can list with us by signing up on our website.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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Simple Tricks to Improve Your Salon Decor

We’ve always been told that a good first impression matters — and the same is true for your salon.

A good aesthetic will naturally attract more customers and freelancers, and in turn, an attractive salon is one that will translate well onto social media. If customers like the way it looks, they’ll be proud to post an image of themselves online, which will generate you some free buzz and publicity. Win-win.

Want to rent your salon chair? Make the proposition more appealing with a stunning salon.

Let’s make your salon more Instagrammable with these handy tips below.

Pick a Personality

Choosing a ‘look’ for your salon is all about having a defined sense of personality come through. So once you know what you want, stick to that choice and be consistent.

This means a consistent colour scheme, choice of textures, and furnishings/objects that all cohesively work together.

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Salon Mirrors

Mirrors are excellent because they give the impression of additional space. Plus, in a beauty room it’s a welcome addition for all your clients. 

A large mirror can often be a bit of a showstopper if used correctly. (See below). Mirrors can be employed quite liberally too, so get reflecting!

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Salon Lighting

Lighting is an easy win. The right lighting in a beauty salon can also be very flattering, which is great when you want your customers feeling they look their best.

This can involve ring lights, bordering mirrors with bulb lights, fairy lights, or anything more elaborate.

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Salon ‘Selfie Wall’

Having a specific area, designed for a photo-op can prove a big boon for generating online attention. Some salons have designed their whole image around a beautiful wall of flowers for example. Who doesn’t want to strike a pose somewhere when they’re looking at their most fresh? 

Perhaps a a mural wall, or one full of photographs? Maybe something even quirkier. Just make it beautiful and memorable — so get inventive.

Salon Soft Furnishings & Objects

Allow your customers to wait in maximum comfort, with a nice sofa, or hyper-comfy armchairs. Treat the waiting area as an area where you can relax your customers into the full experience.

Any objects that are evocative of relaxation are the ideal choice. Plants for that reason can be an easy way to stylise your surroundings and bring the joys of outdoors, indoors.

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Looking for salon spaces near me? Or for salons to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own salon chair, you can list with us.

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Top 5 Event Spaces to Hire in London

Got a do? A shindig? A bash? A bonanza?

Putting on an event can be tricky, but we’re taking one of the most complicated aspects – finding the right space – and making it easy.

Perhaps you’re hosting a big karaoke night for your colleagues, or you require a classy music venue for some friends.

Whether you’re looking for something specific, or need a little inspiration, we’ve got an eclectic collection that will help.

Visit HotPatch for the full selection of London event spaces, or check out our hand-picked Patches below.

Warehouse to Hire | Event Space in East London

Big Space is an industrial​ warehouse available for creative hire at an affordable price. It serves as a multi-purpose hireable space suitable for large-scale commercial or music and cultural events as well as film and photographic shoots.

With both indoor and outdoor space​,​ 24-hour access​,​ 42​,​225 sq ft of inside space​,​ 49​,​881 sq ft of car park space​,​ 22​,​202 sq ft of outdoor garden space​,​ 23m high ceilings​,​ and a staggering indoor capacity of 10​,​000​,​ there is nowhere else quite like it.

Heck, don’t have a big event? Hire this one to read a book in for an hour. You do you.

Mezzanine Event Space Available in Hammersmith

The iconic ‘Mission Hall’ building has been a hub for the local community for over 120 years.

After years of closure​,​ the building has now been restored to its former glory​​ as a hub of creative combustion within the Brackenbury community. They are now on the look out for creatives, entrepreneurs, yogis and book-worms to collaborate within the space for any planned London events.

Cocktail Bar to Hire | Hire Event Space in Central London

A world class cocktail bar and late night party space available to hire.

A stunning bar​/​club area decked out in a luxe pop aesthetic themed around fun musical references — there’s even a disco toilet to boot!

Some of the best cocktails in London are put together behind the bar by a crackteam of mixologists​, ​and there’s a mouth watering menu of artisan pizza and tasty sharing plates to keep the stomach lined while you work your way through the drinks​/​songs menu.

In keeping with its location right in the heart of Chancery Lane​,​ this karaoke bar to hire specialises in corporate, as well as private, entertaining​. It​ offers a unique space for meetings and conferences, as well as full private hire for product launches​,​ press events or the yearly company blowout.

You can even book a special corporate team builder themed around cocktails​,​ karaoke and party games that makes for one of the most unique team bonding experiences in London.

Gallery Space To Hire in East London

A unique open space overlooking Regent’s Canal for larger groups of up to 60 people.

Ideal for wellness events​,​ dining or drinks receptions​,​ board meetings​,​ team building sessions​,​workshops​,​ exhibitions or a product launch.

It is available for dry hire or food catered by Cafe Route​,​ serving a selection of mediterranean food to suit all tastes.

This space has numerous additional benefits including:

  • Dedicated events manager
  • Wi-Fi​,​ projector​,​ and speakers
  • Multiple seating options avaliable
  • Floor to ceiling windows with natural daylight overlooking Kingsland Basin
  • Fully licensed bar and catering services
  • Air conditioning
  • Zoom capabilities
  • 5 minutewalk from Haggerston Overground and easy links from the City and East London

Elegant Music Room to Hire in Central London

Overlooking Bloomsbury Square​,​ this Music Room has already been host to many music recitals​,​ book launches​,​ lectures and performances.

It is the main exhibition space at PushkinHouse with some of their previous shows being featured in TimeOut​,​ The Guardian​,​ Evening Standard​,​ Creative Review and GQ.

The room boasts high windows that allow impressive natural light to flow through​,​ as well as original features​,​adding sophistication and refinement to any event.

Looking for more event spaces near me? Or for general event spaces to rent in London?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection today. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your own event space, you can list with us too. They don’t need to be as enormous, or as fancy. A Patch is what you make of it.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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7 Music Studios To Hire in London

Your music deserves a studio-quality recording. And where else to get studio-quality sound than in a music studio?

With our selection of studios to rent in London, we’re making it simpler to be able to produce your dream song or album, by giving it the quality finish it deserves. 

Let’s get you the bit there with the space you need.

Visit HotPatch for the full selection, or check out our hand-picked studios below

London’s Floating Recording Studio

My opinion all of a sudden is that too many albums are recorded on land. Why not record your next classic on a 550-tonne ship? This unique London music studio, also doubles as a photo shoot and filming location, and comes with a large live room and deck for recording sessions. 

Best music studio to rent in London? This might be a safe bet. 

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Writing & Recording Studio in Central London

When you think of top studios to rent in London, we want you to think of this comfortable and aesthetic recording studio & writing space, used by artists, vocalists, producers and record labels. 

Living inside one of London’s “best kept secret” creative houses, this studio is purpose built to have “above industry standard” equipment, software & plugins for you to get the best results.

Resident producers & engineers on standby to monitor your recording so everything runs smooth. It also has tons of breakout spaces (chill out zones) , free Nespresso coffee and Circadian lighting to power you and your music.

Equipment provided:

Aston Spirit Microphone, an original 1983 Rhodes Stage MKII that has been voiced and tuned to perfection, the Audient iD44, iMac pro, a pair of Yamaha HS7 Monitors & two sets of Audio Technica professional monitor headphones. 

Includes: a range of other Professional Microphones Available, including a Shure KSM42 Microphone & a stereo matched pair of AKG C414’s.

A suspended Vocal Isolation Booth, Ergonomic moving workstation, Wall box with 10 XLR channels, 4 headphone channels, 1 HDMI + 1 CAT 6, Acoustically treated, Fully air conditioned, Circadian Lighting & a Philips air purifier. DAW/Software: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live & Adobe Audition. 

Use something different? Just let the studio owners know, they’re happy to add new software depending on how long / frequently you’re planning on using their Studio Spaces. 

All avaialble in a Fine Tuned Acoustically treated studio, Fully air conditioned with Circadian Lighting & a Philips air purifier.

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Rent a Recording Studio in North London 

Built for tracking vocals and instruments, this modern recording studio has a control room for music production, plus an in-house engineer upon request. The studio has everything to allow for maximum creativity whilst offering a productive environment for an engineer and artist. 

Professional music studio. This is it. 

Equipment provided:

Universal Audio Apollo x4 

Focal Twin 6BE 

Neve 1073 SPX 

Neumann TLM107 

Aston stealth 

Native Instruments S61 MK2 

Focal Listen Pro 

Logic Pro X 

Pro Tools \ 

Ableton Live 10 3. 

Native Instruments Library Upgrade 

Fabfilter Total Bundle 

Soundtoys 5 Bundle 

iMac 27”

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Music Studio For Hire in South London

Studio for hire, available for both music production, plus podcast recording and live-streaming. Open and comfortable environment for artists to perform at their best.

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Music Studio To Rent in North London

Lively music studio with full backline and acoustic piano. Free tea & coffee, plus a music equipment shop on-site.

Equipment provided:

Drum kit, bass amp, two guitar amps, upright acoustic piano, vocal microphones & stands, PA.

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Listening, Screening and Mastering Studio

This studio is ideal for writing, production, mastering and listening — easily set up for filming and screening too with its secure & strong connectivity. An in-house engineer is available upon request.

Large modular sofas, impeccable audio, mood lighting and a large LCD screen, make this versatile studio perfect for whatever creative project you’re working on.

Whether you are fine-tuning your latest track, or looking for inspiration for your next one, this room will provide the environment you need.

Equiptment provided:

Focal Trio 6BE 

Universal Audio Twin x Quad 

Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL S61 MK2 

Pro tools 

Logic Pro X 

Ozone Advanced mastering suite 

iMac 27”

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Production Music Studio in North London

Plug in & Play production suites , designed for one person. Comfortable privacy Our ‘hot desk’ style production suites are easy to use andperfect for solo mixing sessions. Ideal for the quick ideas youneed to get down or for an extended private session.

Equipment Provided: 

Focal shape 65

SSL 2+ 

Native Instruments 

KOMPLETE KONTROL A49 

Aston stealth x 1 

Aston halo x 1

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Looking for more recording studios near me? Or perhaps podcast studios near me?

Use HotPatch to browse a full selection of either. Or, if you’re looking to make money from your music studio, you can list with us too.

For any further questions, please do reach out to us in the comments below, online or on our social media channels:

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10 Salon Chairs To Hire in London

Looking for a spare salon chair to rent? Thinking, ‘is there a salon rental space near me?’ HotPatch has a collection of salon chairs to rent from all across London.

Treat yourself and your clients to a seat in one of our unique Patches, or significantly cut your commute time by finding your nearest local salon chair.

See our selection below, or check out more space to rent on our website.

1. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Victoria

In the heart of Victoria, London, rent a chair with this friendly, boutique hair salon. With its distinctive fashionable decor​,​ versatility in music and unpretentious atmosphere, it’s the place to be. 

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2. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Finsbury Park

Busy salon with a chair to rent, high footfall and situated in the beautiful Finsbury Park, minutes walk from the underground station. 

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3. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Putney

Scissors and alcohol isn’t normally a winning combination, but the wine selection here is for customers to purchase or sample, which makes this elegant salon, a unique and classy choice for your client. 

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4. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in West Finchley

A salon with a stylish, modern and clean aesthetic available to rent in West Finchley. 

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5. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent — Notting Hill

Need to rent a salon chair in West London? A sleek and contemporary salon available in Notting Hill. Indoor parking available for exactly this one scooter.

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6. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent— Abbey Gardens

With a mirror big enough to reflect upon all of my past mistakes, we’ve got this beautifully designed salon in Abbey Gardens. Impress your clients with this salon choice.

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7. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Morden

Live around Morden? We’ve got a spot in this elegant salon that has hairdresser chairs for rent that might take yours and your clients fancy. 

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8. Hair Stylist Chair To Rent in Battersea 

Well designed, modern salon in beautiful Battersea. The kind of place you’d walk past and say, ‘I’d love to work there.’ And now, with HotPatch, it’s possible.

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9. Salon Chair To Rent — White City

Hair salon that will give you ‘all the flexibility you need.’ Great location near Westfield and by the BBC, attract some great customers with a chair in this White City Salon.

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10. Chair for Stylist To Rent— East London

New​ and​ very nicely decorated, modern salon in East London. Two spare chairs being offered for hair stylists in this friendly Patch, with adjoining kids salon.

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From cheap, affordable salon chairs to rent, to barber space rental in London, you can now browse more Patches on our platform.

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Are you a freelance hairdresser? 

Been asking yourself, ‘can I rent salon space?’ 

Well here’s your answer. 

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7 Things To Include In Your Contract As A Therapist

Panicking about what to include in your therapy contract? Need to talk to someone about it? HotPatch has a few key suggestions below.

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1. Keep it confidential

Confidentiality in this trade is essential. Include information about confidentiality, and also its’ exceptions.

We recommend you get your client to specifically sign this section, or even have them tick each individual exception for further clarity.

2. Personal Information Storage

Let the client know which personal details you are going to hold, why you are holding them, how they will be safely kept and stored, as well as how long you intend to keep them after their sessions have ended.

Inspire confidence in your client that their sensitive data is safe in your hands.

3. Cancellation

Clients, and especially new clients, will likely want to read your cancellation policy before signing up.

Give details on how far in advance they need to cancel, and whether they still need to pay upon cancellation. Provide a description of the best way they can contact you in regards to a cancellation too. If they’d like to end the sessions altogether, what is the best procedure?

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4. Don’t Forget Your Fees

One to always keep in mind as a freelancer.

State your fees clearly in the therapy contract. How much are the sessions? When will they be paid? Upfront or retrospectively? Let them know the best way to pay you, whether that is a cash payment, or through a bank transfer.

5. Session Volume

Provide a little clarity on the sessions themselves. Detail their frequency, and the length. Are they always the same length/time for example?

What if the client needs to alter an appointment day or time? If you answer these queries up front, you will save yourself time down the line in answering FAQs individually.

6. Client Responsibilities

The client will be responsible for decisions made outside of the sessions, and for their own thoughts, feelings and actions. You might want to clarify that they mustn’t take drugs, or drink before or during the session, or any other safety stipulations.

7. Digital Therapy

If your classes are conducted online, they will need instructions on how to access the platform you use, and on how the session will be impacted if their internet is shaky, or if they’re unable to access sessions for electronic reasons.

They will need to know that they cannot record the session. Ease any concerns that may arise from the therapy session taking place online, i.e. they are still in a safe space to speak their mind.

Got a therapy room to rent? Need to hire a therapy room near you?

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4 Reasons Why Coworking Works For Your Business

4 Reasons Why Coworking Works For Your Business

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Businesses over the last year have had the opportunity to take a moment of introspection, and a key takeaway is that most companies could be making a greater effort to actively support their workers in making their space work for them.

One simple way this could be done is the potential of ditching the old tradition of leasing permanent office space year after year, in favour of flexible coworks that can fit around employee’s lives and locations.

Here are HotPatch’s top 4 reasons why startups should hire a coworking space.

#1 Easy on the Budget

Permanent office space can be incredibly pricey. But big businesses have historically stuck with them; perhaps largely out of fear that the alternative of WFH or renting coworks would lead to demotivation in staff or a lack of productivity. What 2020 taught us is that assumption is far from the truth.

The market for coworks remains competitive, and the growth in this industry has led to lower overall prices. Hiring a coworking space can offer a cheaper alternative, perfect for a lean startup company.

#2 Communication & Networking

Zoom and Microsoft Teams proved that communication is possible at any distance, but also that miscommunication is possible at any distance too. Internet lag, and bad Wi-Fi has been a contributing factor to frustrations in the workplace at home.

“The danger of miscommunication with fully-remote working is higher, and companies have realized how important it is to have meetings, brainstorming sessions, and social events actually in-person.” — TechRound

While there are some benefits to remote working from home or working in a traditional office, an in-between is proving favourable to a lot of companies. Providing a space where employees want to spend time and be creative, whilst maintaining regular physical interaction is a healthy solution to either extreme.

Coworking spaces bring together like-minded people, and can provide an excellent opportunity to meet individuals from across a range of industries.

You may meet eventual clients, partners, investors, suppliers, or simply have the chance to trade tips and tricks learned from your own unique business experiences. Many coworking spaces offer exclusive events for this very purpose. Who knows who you might meet in one of our Patches.

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#3 Attract the Best

Your business is obviously seeking the top talent out there. But now the top talent has realized they have a choice between a company that allows them to work anywhere, and one that will keep them commuting to an office in an awkward and potentially far-out location.

Allowing your employees to choose their own coworking locations, or having a private office in a coworking space, may very well be the tipping point for talent in choosing your company over a business with more stubborn office space practices.

“HotPatch makes it incredibly easy and simple to be able to do things physically and feel connected to my team in person, after living fully digital!” — Natasha, modelme, London

#4 Flexibility

A standard office lease can be hundreds of pages, whereas coworking agreements are often only 3 to 4 pages. Deciding upon an office space for the next 15 years can be an unnerving prospect with the implicit uncertainty in the world of business. Coworking spaces allow you and your company to be more agile in the way you work. Flexibility is also key when it comes to what you need, maybe you just need a meeting room to hire in London for the day? Maybe it’s hiring a coworking space for a week? Or maybe you just really to rent a desk nearby. Freedom to choose always wins.

It also means you can scale easier within a single cowork, renting only the hot-desks you need when you need them.

Different businesses

A coworking or a hybrid coworking model may very well be the future for a lot of businesses, big or small.

Coworks are affordable, can improve communication and agility, plus they provide opportunities for networking and retaining talent, and may just be the secret sauce in taking your startup to new heights.

If you’re looking for space, HotPatch has the Patches you need.

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Happy “lockdown-iversary”, what’s next for workspace?

Happy “lockdown-iversary”, what’s next for workspace to rent?

Can you believe that it is a year since the UK was first placed under lockdown? How strange a world.

Our streets deserted, shops closed, the vibrant sound of birds chirping in the trees. Zoom became the platform for many of our interactions, we exercised at home, exhausted Netflix, and all the while lived in uncertainty and despair at the thought of the wellbeing of our friends, family, and jobs.

Our daily routines changed. The commute to work, making a brew for our colleagues, and grabbing a sandwich at lunch turned into an extra hour in bed, joining an online meeting in our pyjamas, and warming up last night’s leftovers to enjoy whilst watching mid-afternoon television.

Soon, we longed to return to normality: to walk around uninhibited, to see our loved ones, and to share workspace with our colleagues.

Building and sustaining relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and clients requires a physical environment. The emotional benefits of bonding, learning from one another, and collaborating is much easier harnessed in a shared workspace.

Remote working, or indeed in many cases, not being able to work, has had many adverse effects. Though we can replicate many of the office or other workspace rituals from our homes, we do suffer from a lack of face-to-face interactions. Motivation drops and so too the great sense of community that we feel in a workspace shared with others.

We may never return to ‘normality’. Our work practices may become split between home and the office, or the way in which we share workspace may be more measured than we remember. Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has recently said that, “… for many people there will be more of a hybrid model of working from home and working in a place of work.”

Our workspaces will be designed to support flexibility and choice. Companies will arrange a broader ecosystem of work sites that may include regional offices, co-working spaces, and home to support increasing and ongoing mobility. The workspace will have new purpose: to be the site for community, culture and collaboration. Less time will be spent on focused tasks while on-site and more time dedicated to the three ‘Cs’ above. The physical appearance of workspaces will adjust to reflect this change.

Though much has changed in the last year, and many more changes are to be implemented as we work out the best way to work, the workspace will continue to be an important hub for many of us. We hope that with restrictions slowly being lifted, and as we reintegrate society, that we can continue to Make Space Work.

Want to chat to us about your experiences of work and home-life during lockdown?

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Stand out from the Crowd: The Definitive Guide to Listing your Patch

Stand out from the Crowd: The Definitive Guide to Listing your Patch

Grab users attention with a few top tips on listing your space to rent with HotPatch.

Is your HotPatch listing getting the attention it deserves?

Patch Tips and Tricks

We have tried to make the process of listing a workspace with HotPatch as simple as possible, but here are a few tips to help you on your way to creating an appealing and successful Patch listing.

1. Name your Patch

Grab all the attention your Patch deserves. Just what is it about your workspace that Users will love so much? Perhaps it’s in a busy and popular part of town? Maybe it is impressively decorated? Or it could be a large and flexible space that caters for a range of activities? Whatever it is, be sure to mention it.

Name your Patch

Examples that we like are:

· Stylish and professional salon in the heart of Newcastle

· Hidden gem yoga studio in East London.

2. Describe your Patch

This is your chance to tell Users all the things about your Patch that they might not be able to find in your amenities list or photographs. A great description can help to build an impressive picture in the mind of a User and lead to more bookings.

Describe your Patch

Be honest and accurate and include any details that might be helpful to a User e.g. the Patch is at the top of a long staircase, the art studio is shared with two other artists, or the Patch is a two-minute walk from Old Street Station. Such details set Users’ expectations and ensures positive reviews.

Examples that we like are:

· A newly renovated fitness studio located on a busy high street that is easily accessible and includes all the space and equipment you need for your clients.

· An elegantly designed beauty salon and creative hub for beauty enthusiasts and industry freelancers. This Patch is on the second floor of a gorgeous Georgian townhouse that overlooks the Cathedral Gardens in Liverpool city centre.

3. Setting your availability

Setting your Patch Availability
Whether you are renting your workspace out on an hourly or daily basis, it is important that you block out the times and dates in your calendar for when your Patch is unavailable. Remember to also update your calendar so potential Users can see your Patch’s true availability.

4. Patch rules

Patch Rules

We have created a list of general rules that we think all Patch Hosts will hope Users adhere to. If there are any other rules that are specific to your workspace, then please include them, as this helps to set expectations and boundaries for Users.

5. How much does it cost?

The cost of your Patch is a major consideration for any potential User, and so it should also be a major consideration for you as the Host.

How much does your Patch Cost

Think about all that your workspace offers, including amenities and location, and then think of a price that offers good value for money.

Some questions that you might want to think about are:

· How much would I pay for my own Patch?

· What is the cost of other similar Patches?

· Would lower costs help to establish my workspace?

6. Take great snaps

High-quality photographs can make all the difference when it comes to Users booking your Patch. Alongside the name of your Patch, your main photo will be the first impression that a User has of your workspace, so make it a good ‘un.

Take Great Snaps

Below are a few tips we have put together to help you take some great snaps.

  • Take the time to spruce up your Patch and remove any clutter (overfilled bins, wires etc.) so that it is looking its best.
  • Try to take photos during the day and when natural lighting is brightest. This will help your Patch look warm and inviting. You can always turn on lamps to illuminate any dark corners.
  • Avoid using the flash on your camera or phone as it can make the photo look harsh.
  • To ensure that the shot is straight, you can use the grid feature on your camera or phone and line the grid up with a wall or piece of equipment.
  • Don’t be afraid to kneel or crouch to get a main piece of equipment or furniture into the photo. Just try to avoid standing on your tippy-toes and taking the picture above your head as this can distort the photo and give a strange, angled impression of your workspace.
  • Walk around your workspace and take pictures from different angles to show off all the best features of your Patch. Add a variety of pictures, perhaps from the entrance of the workspace, the kitchen area, waiting room, or outside area to build a guided tour of your Patch.
  • Ensure that your photos are at least 1024 x 683px, or as high-quality as your camera or phone will allow. Also, be sure to use your camera or phone in landscape.
  • Users will enjoy seeing the features, quirks, and personality of your Patch. Get up close to snap any details like artwork or an arrangement of flowers.
  • Finally, many cameras and phones will have inbuilt editing tools, so don’t despair if your photo doesn’t come out perfectly first-time round. Adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation can dramatically improve any image. Just remember not to overdo it as photos should look as natural as possible.

Here is a final checklist of things to do before publishing your listing.

Final Checklist

✓ Give your Patch the perfect name.

✓ Bring your workspace to life with a great description, but remember, be honest and accurate.

✓ Outline expectations and rules for Users.

✓ Set up your availability in your calendar.

✓ Choose the right price.

✓ Take great photos with natural light and take a good handful of them too.

Need help in finalising your Patch listing, or want to have a chat with us about your space?

Reach out to us online or on our social media channels:

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