If you are new to the Los Angeles Chinatown area, may we suggest that you sign up for a walking tour! That’s right, once a month, the Chinatown Business Improvement District sponsors a walking tour and this month it’s Saturday April 6th from 10:30am- 1pm (http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=135). Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more.
If you are new to coworking, may we suggest a 5-Day Flex-card! Our punch card has no expiration and allows you to stop on by from Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Coworking is working on your own projects in our shared creative space in Chinatown along side some other like-minded coworkers. Are there any rules? Let’s call them Rules of Etiquette:
1. Know the Noise
OK, so maybe lyrics to an 80s metal band song shouldnâ€™t be your motto when it comes to co-working, but understanding the noise tolerance for each location will make your life much easier. Although being quiet seemed like a pretty safe bet, most of the time everyone around you will be chatting freely â€” no whispering necessary.
Coworking space hosts work hard to create a specific environment, which may or may not include library-level silence. Itâ€™s important to know the noise policy, for your own benefit and for others, so check with the host before you settle in.
2. Be Self-Sufficient
Although many coworking spaces value collaboration and debate, nearly of them all expect you to be self-sufficient.
Whatâ€™s the Wi-Fi password? Look around first â€” it will be posted on a board. Need a free outlet? Most coworking spaces have spare extension cords for public use.
3. Be Friendly
While there will be times youâ€™ll need to put your head down and cram, remember, this is a collaborative space, and itâ€™s supposed to be, well, collaborative. So spend some time introducing yourself to your fellow coworkers and attending the happy hours or events held there.
4. Mind Your Meal Manners
If there would be only one rule for all coworking spaces, it would be this: The kitchen is sacred â€” donâ€™t mess it up. Our coworking space offers free coffee, tea and water, sometimes offer free wine and beer around closing time, and sometimes stocked with free snacks. But, unless specifically identified, keep your mitts off the goodies unless you brought them yourself â€” eating someone elseâ€™s lunch will not endear you to your fellow coworkers.
5. Lastly, Promote With Social Currency
Many coworking spaces find their business through word of mouth, so â€” assuming youâ€™ve had a great experience â€” help out and promote Kleverdog to your network.
While paying it forward may sound like a lot of work, even seemingly small efforts can make a big difference. Check-in on Foursquare, follow us on Twitter and, if youâ€˜re feeling artistic, post a few photos of our space on Instagram.
We work hard and we play hard, so most of all, enjoy where you work! We think you’ll see a difference.