I’ve been a freelance writer for just about a decade now. At this point, I know what it takes to be self-motivated and how to build a productive work environment. But, that doesn’t change the fact that sometimes it’s a challenge to get motivated, like sleeping-in because it’s cold and rainy. And, sometimes I need to socialize with people in real-life – isolation isn’t always the most ideal situation.
Thankfully, a coworking space just opened up in my area. I’ve read a lot about coworking spaces over the years. And, for the most part, everything I’ve come across has been positive. In fact, the Harvard Business Review has found that people actually thrive in coworking spaces.
I decided to see what all the hype was about and give this whole coworking space a try. To my surprise, it was one of the better decisions I’ve made during my freelance career because of the following six reasons.
Why Should Freelancers Consider a Coworking Space?
1. Technology and Support Services
As a writer I pretty much just need my Chromebook. But, there are times when I need to print out materials, make copies, and update my headshot. Instead of purchasing these gadgets, my coworking space already has them ready for me to use.
Besides these perks, coworking spaces also have conference rooms, faster internet connections, and even a time to answer mail or phone call when you’re either busy or not around.
In other words, a coworking has all of the technological and support services that you would find at a traditional office at your disposable. The bottomless cups of coffee are a nice perk too.
2. Networking Opportunities
Part of being a freelancer is networking. Without out it, how else do you expect to land new clients or find new job opportunities? Since coworking spaces host a number of seminars, workshops, and events throughout the month, it’s a great spot to mingle with likeminded individuals of the community.
3. Distraction-Free Environment
I love working from home. But, there are times when it’s not the most productive environment for me. Who wants to sit here and write all day when the new season of House of Cards was just released on Netflix? But, it’s just the TV, I can easily get distracted by cleaning, cooking, or doing the laundry. And, don’t even get me started whenever my friends call me in the middle of the day – it’s not like I’m working or anything.
By relocating to a coworking space, I’m free of those distractions. More importantly, being in a working environment that clean, professional, and ergonomic boosts my creativity and productivity.
4. Exchange of Ideas and Experience
I’m obviously not the only freelancer or small business owner taking advantage of my coworking space. What’s great about that is now I’m socializing and brainstorming with other people who different experiences, ideas, and skills. For example, I can work next to a web developer who needs a content writer for the site he’s building. I just landed a new gig. I have client with an outdated website, guess who knows a talented web designer?
Whenever I have writer’s block, I can ask someone else in the space for a suggestion to get started. All I need is that one spark of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.
I couldn’t have access to any of that knowledge or brainstorming opportunities by staying at home. In fact, I feel like I’m an important member of a community.
5. Keeps You Motivated
There’s a positive vibe going on in a coworking space. It’s a positive energy of like-minded people working hard on a project that they’re passionate about. How can you not be motivated when you’re surrounded by that every day?
Some coworking spaces are open 24/7, so you have the chance to work when you’re most productive. But, even if your coworking space isn’t open 24 hours, it’s still a flexible environment since you can obviously come and go as you please. So, if you’re not a morning person, you can venture into the space at noon if you want.
But, another flexible component of coworking spaces is that you’re not committed to making any long term contracts to stay there. Depending on how my specific needs, coworking spaces in my area can start as low as $30 for a day pass to $300 for a monthly membership that allows me access to the space 5 days a week. Unlike signing a long-term office rental, if I’m no longer satisfied with the space or running into financial problems, I can easily cancel my membership.
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