The freelancer’s guide to coworking

Posted on August 05, 2019

A coworking space is an office space designed to provide a productive and collaborative environment to users without putting constraints on what an ‘office’ should be. These coworking offices aim to bring together professionals from different fields to network, share ideas and help them grow. Such a service can be a boon to freelancers who find it difficult to avoid distractions and wish to network more. Here is a quick guide for freelancers about coworking and its advantages.

  • Better work-life balance

One of the biggest obstacles for most freelancers is that it can get difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Giving priority to deadlines takes time away from social engagements and vice-versa. Hot desking solutions by coworking spaces give you the ability to rent a single desk for the amount of time you require. During a busy week, you can rent a desk and work at the time you prefer, as many coworking spaces provide 24/7 services. At the end of the week you will find that you got uninterrupted blocks of time to work, while also being able to log out and take a break afterwards. These spaces are filled with other workers in similar situations, giving you the ability to make friends and business connections while at work.

  • Cost efficient

Unlike renting a fully furnished office a coworking space only charges you for the days you actually use the service. It emphasizes flexibility by allowing you to pay for a single day or week, depending on your requirements. If the need to collaborate with others on a project arises you can simply book multiple desks and work on the project together. This flexibility and cost efficiency makes coworking a huge draw not just for freelancers and entrepreneurs, but also for large companies and corporations.

  • Amenities

To meet any requirements that a freelancer might have, coworking spaces provide users with 24/7 office amenities. You can utilise printing, faxing and scanning services or even the fully serviced meeting rooms to meet with your clients. To give users the authentic office experience, coworking spaces anticipate client needs and come fitted with high-speed WiFi, a stocked kitchen and sometimes even a complete cafeteria.

At the end of the day, the greatest asset of any coworking space is its members. It is not uncommon for freelancers to be discouraged by the thought that a coworking space might be too competitive for them. However, the truth is that coworking spaces exist to get freelancers and solopreneurs in touch with each other and find that it is okay to not have all of the answers. The ultimate goal for any coworking space is to foster creativity and increase productivity all around.

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