For people raised in the traditional “One Company, One Office” culture, Co-working Space might be a novel concept. But in the world of increasing workplace independence, more and more people aren’t tethered to a specific location when completing work. Whether or not you work for yourself, it may be possible for you to work from home. But working from home lacks many of the social and resource benefits of a traditional office. Coworking finds a middle path, where working professionals and/or small companies share large office spaces, which are usually more well-equipped than anything these people could afford on their own. Here are some of the other benefits of such a situation.
Productivity Increases. If you’ve ever worked from home, you know how easy it is to get…shall we say…distracted. Your home is where you rest, where you spend your fun time. Without a strict delineation between work and home, it can be easy for work time and fun time to become so intermingled that you’re not actually doing either one very well. In contrast, it’s much easier to work in a scenario where you are around other working people. It’s hard to waste an hour on Facebook if you’ve got other people nearby, even if those people aren’t your actual coworkers. Many people see 50% more work completed on a day spent in the company of other people.
Your Schedule is Your Own. Many co-working spaces are open 24 hours a day. If you are sick of the 9 to 5, this may be right up your alley. Do you like to go to the gym at 5, then make it to work by 7 to beat the traffic? Coworking is right for you. Do you want to be home when your kids get home from school, or work all night when nobody else is around? Coworking is right for you. With the keys to the door and plenty of Starbucks franchise coffee in the coffee pot, work time can be any time you want it. Don’t get stuck to traditional work hours just because those are what you’re used to. Coworking can set you free to work however fast, however long, however late or early, you want.
It’s Nice. One of the greatest things about one of these spaces is how nice it all is. Depending on what level you select, you may actually find yourself with the best view in your city! Shared office situations offer a lot of value to their customers in this way. They’re clean, the furniture is nice, the lighting is comfortable, the temperature is just right. If you need to have an in-person meeting, instead of an online meeting, your client will be impressed with your office. Your client doesn’t need to know that it’s a shared space, if you don’t want them to.
Co-working spaces are the answer to many problems found among independent or freelance workers. If you are self employed and need a space that’s not your bedroom to get work done, try out any of the growing number of co-working spaces in your area.