Escaping from the office set-up is often mentioned as one of the most enticing aspects of starting your own business. Apart from being your own boss, managing your own time, and working remotely, you can bid rush hour commutes, long meetings, and additional work landing on your desk at 4:55 PM on a Friday goodbye.
Working at home or in a coffee shop sounds very convenient and promising but it has its own challenges and frustrations. Are you disciplined enough to be smart in managing your time, will you be able to follow a set schedule each day, and meet deadlines with no accountability? This is where coworking spaces come in.
Coworking spaces have progressed in the past years and has been a great help in overcoming an abundance of distractions- working with the television on, in bed, beside your pet, and just being in the comfort of your home could rob a lot of time from you. Keeping work separate from home allows you to keep structure in your life, and provides a reason to get out of the house.
A coworking space is a place where you can go daily, sit down at a desk, and work among like-minded people in a structured atmosphere. Coworking is an innovative alternative for the traditional work spaces. The whole idea of coworking space is to bring together creative people and let their innovative ideas collide.
Not to mention the amenities available at different coworking spaces range from free Wi-Fi and coffee, conference rooms, AV equipment, to entrepreneurial events and seminars with high-profile guest speakers and shared staff members, such as receptionists. If you’re an entrepreneur working from home, listed below are some benefits you could enjoy from a coworking space.
If you’re starting to consider office space, you’ll soon learn the baggage that comes along with it. Are you ready to sign a fixed-term lease? Pay monthly utility bills? A coworking space takes care of all of that, and allows you to rent the space on much shorter, more flexible terms. Because it is a shared environment, the costs will be far less than a private office.
Efficiency and Productivity
Coworking spaces make people feel more socially connected, which can improve their moods and boost their energy levels, making them more efficient and productive overall. An office environment creates an energy and mindset that can only come from interacting with fellow workers.
Back in late 2010, the online publication Deskmag published the first major, worldwide study to ever examine coworking opportunities. That survey of 661 professionals from two dozen nations discovered that 85%of people felt more motivated on the job when they utilized coworking spaces. In addition, 70% of participants said that they were “very happy” with those spaces; a mere 8%, were “disappointed”.
Not only is working by yourself often tiring, there will be times that you may be struck with downright loneliness. All of us enjoy some camaraderie. We look to others to share our victories, discuss our defeats, and listen to some advice. What better place to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit than with other like-minded people?
If you’ve ever encountered self-doubt as a small business owner you’re not alone. Surrounding yourself with fellow entrepreneurs allows you to push through moments of self-doubt. You can even use them as a sounding board for your ideas.
Networking Through Coworking
You can never make too many connections when you’re building a business. Working alone places a barrier between you and people who could potentially help your business. Sometimes, it can take an extensive amount of time and energy to figure out solutions to our problems, but by being in a collaborative work environment, you can reach out to other entrepreneurs to get their advice. You never know, they might have experienced a similar issue and may offer a creative solution or practical suggestions.
With that, we leave you with some of the top reasons why coworking spaces are great. What about you, do you have any certain reasons why coworking spaces are fit for you? Feel free to share in the comments!
If you’re interested in finding a coworking space, or want to learn more about the concept, you can visit one of our 7 locations in the Metro and get a free day pass!