Coworking spaces are shared office spaces created for startups, freelancers and business owners with a startup mindset. These new age workspaces are created for people who want to break-free from the traditional cubicle driven office setups and the distractions that come hand in hand with working from home.
Coworking spaces are also the most cost effective option as they allow you to set up shop in a preferred locale without having to shell out top dollar for astronomical real estate costs.
Reports indicate that 70% of people feel healthier working out of a coworking space as opposed to working in a traditional office setup. This marks a fundamental shift in the way people are working.
What’s in it for Freelancers?
Usually freelancers flock to cafés and other such places to work out of. However, this often leads to guilt over taking up a seat for a long duration of time and hence you’re forced to buy something every hour to compensate for that. A coworking space solves this and many other problems freelancers face. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of coworking for freelancers:
• Networking and collaboration opportunities
One of the biggest benefits of a co-working environment is the ability to work alongside other freelancers and entrepreneurs.
Co-working spaces are also hubs for influencers that often hold networking and knowledge based events. For example, here at 91springboard we have plenty of events such as the Big Bad Startup Bash, Startup Open House and Reverse Pitch to name a few. These events serve as great networking opportunities for freelancers to meet potential clients. Aside from events, the manner in which the spaces are designed lend themselves to collaboration. We once had a wedding planner working out of our hub who was in need of a wedding photographer. He found one working two desks away from him and they now work together on all their projects!
• A distraction-free environment
We’d be lying if we said our homes aren’t filled with distractions. Whether it’s Mom asking you what you want to eat for lunch or your dog who just wants to constantly play fetch, the distractions are endless. Having a dedicated place to work that’s away from all the noise definitely helps you get the most out of your workday.
• Buzzing Community
When you’re in the proximity of like-minded people, even though you’re not working on the same projects, you interact and bump into each other every now and then. What starts with a nod of the head at the water purifier slowly but surely extends to pleasantries and eventually to real interactions. This opens up a huge window of opportunity for a freelancer and as you know, we at 91springboard are all about building a fantastic community.
• Access to Amenities and Facilities
With everything from game rooms and nap areas to meeting and conference rooms, coworking spaces offer their members a number of amenities that aren’t available to home-based professionals.
• Enjoy a work-life balance that’s perfect
Coworking spaces greatly help in maintaining a work life balance. When you work from home, your home becomes somewhere you end up stressing out rather than chilling out. When you separate your work from your home and come back after a hard day’s work, you feel relaxed – as you should when you’re home. While this applies to regular offices as well, studies indicate that 60% of people are more relaxed at home after joining a coworking space.
Most co-working spaces offer recreational areas away from common workspaces so freelancers can unwind and take a breather from the grind. We have table tennis and foosball tables and even dart boards to enjoy a quick game. Who knows, you might meet your next client, cofounder or even your future spouse while playing your next game of foosball.
Freelancers often work for a number of different clients, some of whom may have concerns about privacy and how secure their information really is. Most co-working spaces offer are equipped with professional security, giving both the freelancers and their clients peace of mind.
These are a just a few of the benefits of coworking for freelancers that come to mind. So if you’re a freelancer looking to grow your business, this new way of working is a great way to kickstart it and give yourself the edge you need.