Top 10 Must-Have’s When Renting a Therapy Coworking Office Space in Mount Pleasant/Charleston, SC.

Health and wellness practitioners who are looking to rent an office or clinic for their start-up or growing private practice are often dissatisfied with the search experience. Often times, the office space or location is not ideal or the buildout/renovation costs, along with the lease terms and rental price, are daunting at best. This can quickly cause the once hopeful and inspired clinician to become discouraged and disinterested in the entire entrepreneurship process.

Practitioners want to be able to do what they do best, focus on their client’s wellbeing and not the burden (and everything that comes with it) that comes along with leasing an office. Leasing a traditional office space comes with long-term risk, higher costs and numerous distractions. Alternatively, utilizing a coworking space can mitigate many of the traditional office space concerns and can reduce the practitioner’s risk significantly. 

Compare Co-Working Space Vs. Traditional Office

A coworking space, or sometimes referred to as shared or flexible space, is a common workplace community consisting of private offices, conference rooms, dedicated desks, non-dedicated desks and open-seating tables that are shared among diverse professionals who work either collaboratively or individually. 

Health and wellness professionals can be one of the beneficiaries of this flexible co-sharing environment as the space can meet them wherever they are on their clinical journey. Often times, offices can be rented hourly or daily, giving clinicians the flexibility to “pay as you go” which results in higher savings. HealWell Center in Charleston, SC is one example where you can rent private therapy space hourly, daily or monthly.

Although renting a coworking space is ideal for practitioners, however, certain features are necessary to make a private practice business a success. Below is a list of the 10 most important things to consider when searching for the perfect health and wellness office to rent.

Top 10 Must-Haves to Consider When Looking for Your Perfect Private Practice Office Space to Rent.

1. Location

Your office should be in a desirable location that is accessible by public transportation and easy to find. Being in close proximity to well-known landmarks such as hospitals, stores and convenient services not only allows for greater convenience for your client, it also may increase nearby foot traffic which can lead to more referrals for your business. Usually, these desirable locations come with a large price attached however, you can avoid those high costs by renting a coworking or shared office space.

2. Safety and Security

Being in a safe and secure office space is of the utmost importance for clients and clinicians alike. Comfortable surroundings and a sense of security are critical. Some clients, particularly those seeking mental health or other private therapy services may already feel vulnerable, so you will want to provide an office space that provides a good sense of security in order to make more progress during sessions. 

3. Comfortable Environment

The layout of your shared office space should be well-designed for privacy and productivity.  Your office should be in a clean, safe and welcoming space and ideally include elements of nature, like plenty of natural light and living plants, to promote a greater sense of wellbeing. Rather than primarily desks and chairs that are found in traditional office spaces, a health and wellness coworking space should provide furnishings conducive to a comfortable therapeutic setting. 

Comfortable couches, chairs, desks and access to a group room are some furnishings your office should have. This is not only for the comfort of your client, but also for your benefit as well. Essentially, your office is an extension of you. The more your client feels comfortable and supported in your office, the more likely they are to make improvements during your care and want to return.

4. Privacy 

Privacy is an essential factor when it comes to renting an office space, particularly for those seeing clients in a therapeutic capacity. First, you will need access to secure storage of PHI (protected health information) through a HIPAA compliant filing system in addition to a physically secure facility. Next, given the confidential nature of visits that may occur in your shared office space, finding an office with sound proofing features is a must to keep the therapeutic dialogue private. Of course you can carry a white noise machine with you to work each time, plug it in and sit it on a floor. Or, even better, you can find a shared office space with built-in sound proof walls such as the HealWell Center.

5. 24/7Access 

In case you forgot something at the office or prefer to do your work at night, having the ability to use your private office at any hour is important so look for an office space that offers 24/7 access.

6. Like-Minded Community

As a health and wellness practitioner, you don’t want your therapeutic office space to be sandwiched in between a tech start up company and an event party planner. Traditional coworking spaces can often be overly stimulating and noisy which is not an optimal environment for your clients. Look for a community with like-minded independent health and wellness professionals that you can network, learn and collaborate with. Networking with like-minded peers does not cost a thing and can lead to increased referrals as well as colleagues to bounce ideas off of. As an added bonus, some spaces will host free networking events that include opportunities to learn how to better manage your business.

7. Online Booking 

Access to an online booking system allows a member the ability to quickly and easily book a room in advance in order to secure a preferred office or space.

8. Amenities

You will want to make sure that your coworking space comes with amenities such as high-speed internet access, WIFI for you and your clients, an online booking system, printing, copying, faxing and basic office supplies. Some even offer more perks like private mailboxes and beverages.

9. Staffed Reception

An exceptional coworking space should promote a sense of community and connection. Having a guest receptionist, often referred to as a community manager, provides a nice welcome for your clients as well as maintaining a clean environment and member/guest relations.

10. Accessibility

It goes without saying that your office should be ADA (Americans with Disability Act) compliant and provide safe and easy access for those with physical disabilities. Some considerations for these accommodations include wider doorways for wheelchair access, having your office on the ground floor or elevator access for offices on higher floors and accessible bathrooms with safety features in place.

The demand for coworking spaces for health and wellness practitioners is significantly on the rise. These spaces offer the perfect balance between independence and collaborative support to help your practice thrive. Flexible options, working in an environment that promotes health and wellness, and the ability to network with like-minded professionals, make shared working spaces the perfect solution for clinicians and wellness practitioners. Finding an office space that offers these 10 must-have features, will give you the tools your business needs to be a success. The rest is up to you.

About HealWell Center

Owned and operated by licensed clinicians, the HealWell Center is a niche co-working space designed specifically for health and wellness practitioners. We want to help clinicians successfully start or grow their health and wellness business. 

Our all-inclusive co-working center offers a low-cost, amenity-rich, flexible office space that helps private practice clinicians maximize profits while connecting with like-minded professionals in a thriving community setting. For more information, please visit our website at www.healwellcenter.com.