Freelancing careers offer many benefits, including the ability to work wherever and whenever you want. But though it might be tempting to do your flexible working solely from home, opting for coworking instead – at least a few days a week – could be crucial to your success.
Here, we take a look at the positives of opting for a shared workspace, which can offer you all the same flexibility of remote work, but with the facilities, social interaction and professionalism of an office.
Improve time management and productivity
The use of coworking spaces is increasing. In fact, according to Deskmag’s annual Global Coworking Study, it’s gone up by 83% over the last year alone. So what is it about this new method of freelancing that makes it so appealing?
One of the most obvious benefits is the clear separation between work and home. Many freelancers struggle to “switch off” after work hours, especially when their office is in their own living room or even bedroom. Having a dedicated coworking office space, on the other hand, helps provide a better work/life balance, and can also eliminate the distractions you find at home.
Tackle feelings of isolation
Aside from increasing your productivity, a shared workspace is one of the most important ways freelancers can avoid the feelings of isolation that come with working alone. It’s for this reason that so many remote workers are turning to coworking spaces to get their daily social interaction in a professional, like-minded environment.
Plus, it’s said that even just being around others, listening to them talk and bounce their ideas off each other, can boost your own creativity when it comes to work.
Benefit from excellent networking opportunities
Coworking isn’t just good for casual social interaction; it’s also an excellent way of extending your networking to areas specifically tailored to you. Many coworking spaces offer organised networking events, providing great opportunities to meet others in your field.
This isn’t only great for seeking out new business, either. By attending events like these, you’re more likely to stay current and stimulated when it comes to your own ideas. Nothing beats taking inspiration from other talented individuals when it comes to keeping your business fresh.
Give your business a professional front
When working remotely, it’s doubly important that your business presents a professional front. Coworking and shared office spaces give freelancers the chance to receive clients in a purpose-built environment, and are often in convenient locations close to major transport options for travel.
With some of our own coworking spaces offering onsite bars and restaurants, you can even entertain clients after hours. Many of shared offices also come with the ability to book a private meeting room, set up with all the facilities necessary to present successfully. It’s coworking services like these that you’ll struggle to offer if you rely solely on working from home, which could lead to a lack of client satisfaction.
Speaking of facilities, shared workspaces are designed to provide freelancers with everything they need to work effectively. Not only can you gain access to things you might not have at home like scanners, printers and projectors, you may also benefit from a fully-stocked staff kitchen – great for lunchtime networking!
Plus, coworking provides you with a large, comfortable desk and more open space than you may have at home; great for boosting your mindset and overall productivity.
All in all, coworking spaces are something any long-term freelancer should consider. Not only do they provide practical benefits, but plenty of social interaction and a professional front for your business too. Now that’s what we call a win-win situation!