5 Reasons Why People Thrive In Coworking SpacesWritten by Irakli on April 01, 2019
As a freelancer, business owner, or even a digital nomad, if you’ver ever wanted to increase your work efficiency, you should seriously consider the advantages of a coworking space.
Working from home or a coffee shop sounds great until you get distracted (not if, but when). It’s only a matter of time, and then you have to focus on getting back on track.
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Of course, there are plenty of tips and tricks on how you can stay productive while working from home, but productivity can only take you so far.
Distractions come in many shapes and forms. It’s something that creeps up on you and eventually leads to burnout. It begins with a coffee break here, a nap there, a quick TV binge, and you’ve lost focus.
If that sounds all too familiar then you might want to consider venturing outside your comfort zone. And we’re not talking to the nearest coffee shop as well.
Rather, if you want to have a productive day, you should consider completely switching up your work environment.
If that sounds like something you’d be interested, then coworking spaces might be the solution for you.
Why would you give up the comforts of your pajamas and slippers in the first place, you ask?
Your work environment your approach have a direct effect on your productivity levels. This is why some people even recommend wearing “work” clothes even if you’re working from home. Because you’re more likely to get more done that way.
It’s all about your mindset.
So, why not take it up a notch and plant yourself in a community of like-minded people gathered with the same aim of getting work done.
Imagine a working environment without all the unnecessities of a corporate office space. In its place, consider creative shared-office spaces that are still more structured than your home office.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Fewer formalities and distractions, more productivity.
Most coworking spaces also come equipped with amenities like conference rooms, free drinks, and rooms you can chill and have a break in.
And this brings us to our next point.
2. The Community
One of the main reasons people rent out a coworking space instead of an office space in the first place is because of the community. Each coworking space has its own unique vibe and group of people. And one of the main attractions usually ends up being the human element.
Though socializing isn’t compulsory or forced at a coworking space, getting to know the people you work next to is a great way to establish a sense of community. And to make things better, you’ll feel less lonely compared to working from home as well.
If you want to take it a step above though, you should seriously consider networking when working from a coworking space.
Think about it, most freelancers enjoy the luxury of working from home so much that they end up not leaving at all.
With coworking spaces, you can still work by yourself, but you won’t be alone. You can meet many valuable people to help you work and help you grow your business. From potential clients to mentors to business partners, you can meet all sorts of people there – you just have to get out there and try.
Depending on the coworking space, you might come across networking events where members are encouraged to get involved, network and grow.
3. Reduced cost
If you’re a new business just starting out, chances are, you won’t be able to afford to rent out a whole office space.
With various types of membership options, depending on the specific coworking space, you can save a lot of money removing traditional utility or service provider costs altogether.
Once you start renting a space, all you have to do is bring a laptop.
Everything is ready for you. No unexpected costs, just a fixed monthly rate.
While most office rentals usually start with a one-year minimum contract, coworking spaces usually allow you to rent out a table or a room only for a few days, weeks, or months. And then you can focus on what matters: your work.
In addition to that, if you’re already renting out a coworking space, you can use them to your advantage and impress potential clients.
What leaves a better impression? A dedicated coworking room to invite people in or making them come to your home or a busy coffee shop?
It shows that you take your work and yourself seriously. Even if it means shelling out a few additional expenses. Also, if you decide to go down that route, most coworking spaces offer conference rooms for free for members.
So, essentially, you’re killing two birds with one stone.
Most people working remotely have the perfect coffee shop that they usually work from (I know I do).
But what if it’s full? What if they’re closed for today or are going through construction?
Finding yourself running from one coffee shop to another in search of good coffee, wifi, and hoping it’s not too crowded often hurts your productivity levels.
And even if you do find a good spot, you’ll have to hope it’s not too noisy in case you have to make a call.
Depending on the coworking space (and your team), your office might include 24-hour access (in case you’re on a deadline or have a crazy schedule).
In general, uncertainty and having to make a decision can be stressful.
While having a safe haven you can always come back to gives you a sense of stability within your schedule.
Making quick and on the spot decisions can be stressful and time-consuming. Meanwhile, this time and energy could be put towards something more productive like working for your clients.
In short, coworking spaces can save you a lot of stress and decision fatigue, while focusing on staying productive.
5. Breaking out of your comfort zone
Finally, taking the risk to get involved and work alongside others with completely different skill set than you can breathe new life into your creative process.
Regardless of your niche or industry, changing up your work field and experiencing new things is a great way to stay inspired and avoid burnout. You might find your brain working in different ways too.
When you break out of your comfort zone, you’re giving yourself a chance for a fresh start and a chance to come up with new solutions. Not just for your work, but your life in general as well.
While your work environment is only a small aspect of your whole life, it can affect other parts as well (such as your social life).
If you’re an introvert by nature – start small.
You don’t have to attend every networking event. But as long as you’re getting yourself out there and meeting new people here and there – you’re bound to experience growth, both personal and professional.
And who knows, you might even come across new clients or find a mentor as well!
Making the full use of your coworking space
Coworking spaces allow startups and small businesses to have a small haven where they can group up and get work done. Coworking is a great solution that might shape the future labor market altogether and the way we network.
From increasing effectiveness and reducing costs to meeting new people, the question isn’t “are coworking spaces right for me?” but rather “which coworking space is right for me?”
Depending on your location, you’re likely to have a lot of choices when picking a coworking space. So, be sure to allocate a clear budget and know what you’re getting yourself into. Prices start from £275 a month and go up as high as £900+.
All coworking spaces are different. Try to get a sense of requirements if you have any and what you’re looking for (some spaces are even dog-friendly!)
One thing they all have in common though is a focus on productivity. Productivity, Coworking, networking, and more business opportunities? What’s not to like!