Freelancing, working for yourself, and remote working are all becoming more popular and accessible as technology improves. You no longer need to have a permanent work address (or even a permanent home address, as some truly visionary digital nomads prove) to be a successful business organization of any size. When face-to-face meetings are necessary, to have a vital discussion with a client, or just to keep lines of communication as open as possible, you can always rent a virtual work space for the day or week. But when you are working for yourself or on a small and remote team, resisting the urge to hit snooze again can be difficult. That is why joining a co-working space can be vital to freelancers’ productivity and health.
What is Co-Working?
Co-working takes the best of traditional and modern office life and combines it with the very reason you went into freelance: working for yourself. Typically in an open plan working environment, those who come into a co-working space every day don’t all work for the same organization. Each member of the co-working environment is an independent entrepreneur who has decided that they need to get out of the house every once in a while! If you decide to join a co-working space, you now have somewhere to be and people to see and meet each day, all while maintaining your fully autonomous career as a freelance professional.
Members of a co-working space are always passionate about their work, since they have decided what to work on for themselves. Being around such like-minded people, without being in direct competition with any of them, stimulates creativity and camaraderie which can only improve productivity. Co-working spaces are membership based, usually in a virtual working environment, so leases are easy and sharing costs keeps profits high. If you want to take some time off, go to a conference or return to working from home, there is no issue. On the other hand, if an idea strikes late one evening, you no longer have to jot it down and hope you remember in the morning: almost all co-working spaces are open and available 24/7.
Overall wellness is a leading factor in why so many people are looking into freelancing and self-directed working environments. Structure is important, and so is freedom. That is why co-working spaces offer the best balance to bring out the most of your freelance business ventures. Different co-working spaces are organized along different lines, but each one develops a sense of community. Though you are all working on individual projects, there is a certain ethos to each office. You know you will get along with your fellow co-workers and this grants important motivation. And, while you could take a three hour lunch whenever you want, or run home to walk the dog without any fear of repercussions, most people find themselves enjoying a relatively stable schedule in their new co-working space. It is the choice that makes all the difference. When you want to be at work, you do your very best work.
For more information on this topic, read Why Joining a Co-Working Space is the Best Business Investment for Freelancers: Part 1
Co-working spaces can be a liberating and low cost solution to freelancers looking for a bit more structure. For more information on this topic, read ‘Why Joining a Co-Working Space is the Best Business Investment for Freelancers: Part 1’