As a writer, particularly one who enjoys the many benefits of working from home, there are few things less appealing than having to work in an office every day. However, office life is no longer about working the 9-5 grind in a solitary cubicle. In fact, working in one of the growing number of co-working spaces could actually benefit a lot of freelancers and other professionals for that matter.
Cut out distractions
Working from home can sometimes be an unproductive experience. The sink of dirty dishes, the washing basket of dirty clothes, the phone that won’t stop ringing or the lure of the dreaded television…. Distractions come in a whole host of shapes and sizes.
This isn’t to say there won’t be any distractions in a co-working office space but you may find the act of moving to a new space allows you to really focus on your work.
A host of brains to pick
You could always turn a sociable office atmosphere to your advantage. Co-workers tend to be a friendly bunch and as long as you’re willing to return the favour, people will often be willing to offer some good, honest feedback on your work.
Not only this, but co-working spaces are generally filled with inspired minds and creative thinkers. If you’re ever stuck for an idea, then you’re in the right place to seek inspiration.
A change of scenery
In contrast, working from home can be a solitary and subsequently unproductive affair. You may find a change of scenery could be just what you need to boost your productivity. The energy in a lot of co-working spaces is palpable, and it can be really inspiring to be sat in an energized room.
This is where desk rental can really be of benefit to a freelancer, as a good number of co-working spaces will allow you to ‘hot-desk’. This is when you essentially use a desk, not for the entire day or week, but in ‘shifts’; meaning you can get a change of scenery for the few hours you need before returning home. Furthermore, contracts are usually short, rolling month-to-month affairs so if you really need a change of scene it’s easy enough to get out and into a new place.
Boost your work/life balance
This change of scenery could also have a bonus on your work/life balance. Having separate spaces for work and home life can make it a lot easier to separate the two; things that can begin to blur when you work from home.
Even the dreaded commute could become a valuable time of day; allowing you to get your mind set for work in the mornings, whilst also allowing you to wind down at the end of the day.
There are few things better (about working in an office) than when you finally get to leave at the end of the day. This may sound like utter counter-intuitive nonsense, but when you’re thinking about the benefits of office life, this end-of-day joy could be a real motivating factor.
Hit those deadlines
If, in addition to having a deadline looming over you, you have the prospect of tasting the sweet fresh air, then you could find your motivation to complete a task before the end of your working day takes a sudden upwards surge!
So tell us… do you work from home? Do you love it? Or perhaps you hot-desk? Share your experience!