Working from home is not always a bed of roses. It can be hard to separate work from home life, resulting in working more hours than you would in an office. Having a spot in a coworking facility can provide the benefits of both working at home and going to an office each day.
Coworking spaces are often centrally located, and usually have a large communal area for people to work. They typically have good web connectivity and other amenities to make working long hours more comfortable. They are designed to maximize available space without having those sharing it on top of one another.
Institutions, such as Launch Workplaces, also rent private offices, but we will focus on coworking spaces for now. There are advantages to working in them as opposed to working in a private office or at home.
One of the pitfalls of working at home is the isolation that comes with it. While it can be peaceful and quiet in the home office, doing so for too long limits exposure to the outside world. There are no long-term benefits to being cut off from everyone.
Regular interaction with friends and colleagues is healthy and working with others in a coworking space is a great way to do it. This stimulates the creative process and can lead to a higher level of productivity.
The stimulation is due to the different types of people you can run into in a coworking space. You may find some in the same line of work, giving you a springboard to test ideas. Even if no one in your profession is around, you are bound to meet interesting people which rarely happens if you stay cooped up in the home office.
A PROFESSIONAL IMAGE
Many home workers are self-employed and should be concerned about the image they project to clients and associates. Using a home address for the business doesn’t look very professional, and Launch allow members to use its address for their business. This puts up a good front for your company — which may just be you — and can better set the tone of interactions with clients and others.
Launch Workplaces also provide access to business services, especially the use of conference rooms. It presents a much better image to bring an associate to a coworking facility for a business meeting than to have them drop by your house.
A REGULAR ROUTINE
This is where coworking spaces really shine. Members can head to work just like in a “real” office if they desire, even if for just a few hours. The important thing is to have some level of routine, which helps some home workers feel more professional.
Coworking facilities usually have a high level of security for the premises. This often extends to online connectivity, which is important for your business.
Offices usually have better security equipment and services than most homes. Since coworking spaces typically allow 24/7 access to the premises, this offers welcome peace of mind should you need to work late. Having worked in a home office for over 10 years, I have never felt as safe as I do in the coworking facility.
PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT
Even if you’ve set up a good home office, chances are working in a true office environment will be a positive influence. It may just be a mental thing, but working in such a place feels more like a stable situation. While some coworking spaces can be busy with all the people around, being in an office setting can still help put you in a productive frame of mind.
Many facilities have coffee bars, providing an opportunity to step away from work and converse with others. It’s the water cooler effect found in offices, and a good way to meet interesting people while taking a break.
HOW TO CHOOSE A COWORKING SPACE
In major cities finding a good coworking facility is not difficult. A quick search online should turn up several. Choose one or two not too far from home to minimize commuting, then visit each one. It’s important to see first-hand the amenities offered by each, and to choose one that you feel would be a comfortable environment.
Launch Workplaces offers a flexible and affordable solution to meet the need of any startup or small business. With daily rates, virtual packages and monthly arrangements there is a solution for everyone. But before committing try it free for two days!
Coworking is not for everyone but before writing it off it is worth trying.