How Freelancers Can Benefit from Coworking
With such a dramatic rise in the number of remote workers over the past few years, it seems only fitting for the coworking industry to have also rocketed to new levels of success. Although a term coined originally in 2002, for many, the phrase 'coworking' has only recently begun to weave its way into conversation. While the freelance, location-independent lifestyle seems so idealised, it comes also with its challenges; perhaps the greatest of these challenges is a sense of loneliness, and a lack of team morale. Coworking has provided the solution to these problems, creating a space in which likeminded remote workers can base themselves, either permenantly or whilst travelling.
In 2019, there were nearly 19,000 coworking spaces and offices worldwide - a number which is set to continue increasing drastically over the coming years. The freelance lifestyle seems to be becoming more and more accessible, creating global networks for start-ups, business owners and the self-employed. But what can you and your business really gain from coworking?
Here are just 6 of the endless benefits freelancers can experience when using a coworking space.
1. Networking and Business Opportunities
As a freelance worker, you are unlikely to have colleagues - and, if you do work in a team, then there is a chance that your team is scattered across the world. Basing yourself in a coworking office will introduce you to a range of people from a huge variety of backgrounds and industries. This network will, from a business perspective, prove extremely useful to you, and could even land you new clients or customers. You never know which tips and tricks you can pick up from your coworking colleagues - even those who work in a seemingly unrelated field.
2. Increased Productivity
Having a designated space to work from, instead of commuting 5 paces from your bedroom to your kitchen, will help to put you into the right headspace when starting your working day. The hardworking environment of a coworking office will encourage productivity, forcing you also to take proper lunch and coffee breaks. By structuring your working day around a commute - however long or short that may be - to your work space, you will accomplish more in the time that you spend at the office.
3. Boundaries Between Professional & Personal Life
For many freelancers, knowing when to stop working is almost as difficult as starting to work in the first place! Using a designated work space will allow you to mentally disconnect from your projects or clients when the end of the day arrives, giving you a clearer distinction between your personal and professional life. If your coworking office offers storage or fixed desks, then locking away your work diary, phone, or laptop at the end of the day will also help you to relax and focus upon your personal interests and social life.
4. Host Client Meetings
If your job requires a significant amount of face-to-face interaction with clients, then a coworking office makes for the ideal backdrop. Hosting your meetings in your coworking office, instead of from a cafe or coffee house, will increase the professionalism of your brand image, as well as giving you a more focused, comfortable environment. Also, many coworking spaces offer free coffee: a necessity for any meeting - especially those which take place at 9am!
5. Stay Productive Whilst Travelling
Freedom to travel is one of the primary benefits of remote working, but it's not easy to stay motivated when you're on the move. Whether you're relocating to a new city, or just passing through, many coworking offices allow you to rent desks daily, weekly, or monthly. Not only does this mean you are able to work from anywhere in the world, but it can also provide you with flexible office hours: this is particularly ideal for businesses whose clients are based in difficult time zones.
6. Form Friendships
Although the remote working lifestlye has recently become so widespread, it is not yet the norm; using a coworking space will allow you to meet and form relationships with other freelancers from this ever-growing community. When moving to a new country, or even finding a new base in your home town, coworking offices are often sociable, open-minded and friendly, encouraging both productivity and conversation. Coworking spaces are an ideal place to meet a wide range of creative, enthusiastic individuals, who often share a common passion for travel and adventure.