Finding the right workspace for you: An interview with Mark Gilbreath of LiquidSpace
Mark Gilbreath is the Founder and CEO of LiquidSpace, the world’s largest online marketplace connecting people with flexible workspace. More than 5,500 workspaces in nearly 600 cities across the US, Canada and Australia are available to book on-demand, by the hour, day or longer at LiquidSpace.com or through its mobile app.
Mark and his team at LiquidSpace enjoy flexible working daily. The company prioritizes people over place, giving all employees the freedom to choose how and where they work. As a result, the team is distributed across three continents and five time zones.
There are few people who have more experience in discovering and trying out new workspaces than Mark, so I just had to know how he identifies the right workspace for any given time. Here are his tips.
What’s the first thing one should ask themselves when, through some twist of fate, you now have workplace choice?
The first thing is to recognize that the range of places where you can work is only limited by your imagination. The best place for you on any given day will be a function of not just the task at hand, but also your temperament and social needs.
Before you let yourself fall back into the habit of a daily grind at your kitchen table or any one office location, get out and taste what the world of work has to offer. Sample the full menu of mobile workplaces — from coffee shops, coworking spaces and office centers, to hotel lobbies and the growing ranks of private companies who are now sharing their office space.
What are some tips for finding your own remote work style?
Avoid labeling yourself too soon. You may be an introvert on an emotional scale, but find that a couple afternoons each week in a bustling coworking space provide a needed jolt of energy. You may be the social connector, but discover that when it’s crunch time you need the peace and quiet of a private room to produce your best work.
For most professionals, the best workspace becomes a rich palette of locations and environments that match the diversity of our work and our moods.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of flexible workspaces vs. committing to one space / ritual?
The primary argument for committing to one office is cost savings. Sign a long-term lease and the argument is that you’ll get the best possible rate. However, like the gym membership you bought in January intent on transforming yourself in the year ahead, the typical office is leased for years sits idle the majority of most working days.
The argument for flexible workspace is twofold:
- Productivity: It’s about honoring your individual style and tapping the best space for the task at hand, and
- Economic flexibility: Free yourself from the restrictions and waste of a fixed office commitment and pay only for the space you need, when you use it.
What current remote work trends are you most excited about? Why?
The most exciting development in remote work is the incredible growth in workspace options and the new ease with which these spaces can be discovered and purchased. Coworking spaces, Office Business Centers, work-friendly hotel lobbies, incubators, airport lounges, coffee shops and countless park benches and poolside cabanas have now replaced the cube farm for millions of empowered workers.
My company, LiquidSpace emerged to help people discover great spaces to work and we hear the stories daily of people embracing this freedom, producing better work and saving money at the same time.
Mark and the LiquidSpace team have also been kind enough to offer an exclusive workspace discount of 30% to Peeps (expires 4/30/15)! If interested in taking advantage of this awesome deal, email me at email@example.com and I’ll send you the code!
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