A coworking space can be fun

Why You Need to Find a Coworking Space to Freelance From?

If you spent some time freelancing from the comfort of your home, by now you know about most of the advantages and disadvantages that this brings. However, whereas you can prepare to a certain degree to all bad stuff that comes with freelancing, there is one thing that you can’t prepare for.

Isolation. A lot of freelancers suffer from it and with it from depression. Plus, it’s often hard to separate your life from work. Maybe you are trying to write that article and your kids keep have decided to convert their room into a basketball court. Or your dog gets an idea to go for a walk right then. So what’s the answer?

Start doing your work in a coworking space. Use them to connect with other people just like you and you’ll soon start seeing how you’re suddenly more creative, more productive and and working with more drive. Not being cooped in the same four walls every day and exchanging your ideas can do that for your freelance business.

What are the Advantages of a Coworking Space?

What are the advantages of working in a coworking space or a coworking office? There are a number of them and for everyone they are different. For some, a coworking space offers a vibrant work environment, or others a way to establish a regular work routine and for you, it might be something entirely different.

5 Reasons to look for a coworking space

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider a coworking space:

  1. Surround yourself with other people and beat isolation

Life of a solitary freelancer can be difficult. Yes, the peace and quiet of working from your own home office can be quite welcoming at times, but turn around to seek gratification after finally completing a 2-month project or look for advice on what to do with a difficult client and you’ll find the hard truth.

There is no one there but you. No one to congratulate when you do a good job or advise you when you encounter a problem and help you make the next step.

But in a coworking space, you’ll be surrounded with people who will share stories similar to yours. If you’re having a problem, just ask and you’ll find someone who has already been there and can help you with their experience. Or, you can find someone to help with your experience, which is equally rewarding. By surrounding yourself with smart people, and I think freelancing includes many like this, there will hardly be an obstacle that you won’t be able to defeat.

  1. Establishing a regular work routine

One of the best things about freelancing is that you can set your own work hours. Unfortunately, many freelancers take that literally and never develop a regular work routine. They start adopting the “I’ll start this project tomorrow” attitude. Of course, “tomorrow” then becomes “at the last minute” and what was supposed to be a relatively easy project, becomes a rushed, overnight job, that only brings you stress.

Perhaps it has to do with finally getting free of the old and rigid schedule you had at your old job, where you had to be at your work place at exactly 9:00 AM, with a suit and a tie. Now that you’ve finally free from it, maybe you’ve gone in a completely different way and lost all that discipline you had back then. Well, by working in a coworking space, you can get some of that old work routine back. It doesn’t have to be as rigid as your old office job, but even a little bit will help you freelance better.

  1. It’s better for meeting clients

Although the majority of your freelance clients will be remote and you’ll only talk to them online (meeting is only on Skype, if it can be called such at all), some clients will ask to meet you face-to-face to discuss their business and the project they had in mind. Where do you meet them? Should that meeting be in your home office, which, let’s face it, is most likely your bedroom? Or should you find a nice coffee shop and talk business next to a bunch of rowdy teenagers taking mezcal shots.

The answer is, neither. If you want to at least appear professional when meeting a potential client, you should do this in an environment that looks and feels like there is some business going on there. A nice coworking space can work as a good office front here and help you impress your new client.

  1. It’s a great place for networking

A coworking space you’ll be working from won’t just include people with skills like yours. You may also find a graphic designer that can help make your blog posts more attractive, a SEO expert to help with your ranking, a web designer or developer to design a new sleek website for you or a SEM expert to work with you on establishing a social media presence.

A coworking space can have people with different skills under one roof and you could miss a lot of opportunities by not joining one.

  1. Better security

Freelancing from a coffee shop, while sipping your beverage of choice probably sounds intriguing, but for the safety of your business and for the safety of your client’s business, you should keep this to a minimum. Public Internet is not always the safest option, especially if you’re dealing with sensitive files or need to transfer money to your account.

When online security is in question, a coworking space is usually a better option to freelance from than a home office. Let’s face it. Most personal computers aren’t very safe and if your kids are using it to play video games, your wife for online shopping and your entire family to stream TV shows, there’s always a chance of someone accidentally deleting your files or downloading a program that contains a malware.

At the same time, a coworking space also provides physical security. Most such spaces have much better security equipment than your home and with a good front lock, the chance of someone breaking into becomes much smaller.

Looking for a coworking space? Check out DesksNearMe or ShareDesk and book your new mini office.

What are your thoughts on freelancing in a coworking space? Better than working from home or not? Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below.

Vladimir Covic
covic.v1ad@gmail.com
34 Comments
  • Nida
    Posted at 15:42h, 12 May Reply

    Its very true! With co workers you learn more and gain more experience. Great article

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 16:01h, 12 May Reply

      Thanks Nida.

  • Leah Davis
    Posted at 17:31h, 08 May Reply

    Great points! I prefer working from home because there are fewer distractions, then again I don’t have kids or a dog! But these are definitely advantages worth considering for other freelancers.

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 18:36h, 08 May Reply

      To be honest, there might be more things that can distract you at a coworking space, but it’s a better way to meet and communicate with other people than working home. I think freelancers should try both and decide what fits them better.

  • allie
    Posted at 15:59h, 08 May Reply

    I agree there are so many benefits to coworking. Great post!

    Allie
    https://alliesfashionalley.com/2017/05/stylish-mothers-day-gifts-at-every-price/

  • Brooke B
    Posted at 15:42h, 06 May Reply

    I just started freelancing a few months ago this is so valueable. Thank you!

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 15:46h, 06 May Reply

      You’re welcome Brooke. Glad you find my blog useful.

  • Tanyi Melvis Bechemnyo
    Posted at 08:37h, 06 May Reply

    I’ll read your content loads of times and never get bored. I always find it very hard staying focused working from home. Thanks

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 08:40h, 06 May Reply

      You’re welcome Tanyi. Well, as you can see, there’s a perfectly good alternative in coworking.

  • Mars
    Posted at 08:09h, 06 May Reply

    Cool tips. I mean this is really for me. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 08:34h, 06 May Reply

      You’re welcome Mars, thanks for the comment.

  • Josh
    Posted at 00:52h, 06 May Reply

    You make some great points in this article! Coworking spaces have definitely helped me. I would also change the title to “Why should you find a coworking space to freelance from?”

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 08:37h, 06 May Reply

      Thanks Josh. I was thinking of that title, but CoSchedule Headline Analyzer says this one is better. I like it more as well.

  • Ewa
    Posted at 18:13h, 05 May Reply

    I am not a freelancer, but I believe that working in this type of place is a great choice.

  • Vijee Djega
    Posted at 16:39h, 05 May Reply

    Cool article! Am going to tweet this via a co-working client’s twitter account that I manage. 🙂

  • Harpreet Acharya
    Posted at 16:11h, 05 May Reply

    Great post with practical information!

  • Thena
    Posted at 13:09h, 05 May Reply

    Great information, a lot of work was put into this. Really nice

  • Abhinav
    Posted at 12:59h, 05 May Reply

    Up with you on point 3 and 4, Otherwise, I enjoy a lot of personal space since I have gotten into freelancing plus I have various training sessions in between which I prefer to not do in public space

    • Ryan
      Posted at 18:14h, 06 May Reply

      This article is like a time machine. I just started two weeks ago. That being said, I will refer to my current status as the Pajama Phase.

      I am sure that the further this venture grows, this information ill be handy.

      Thanks Vladimir

  • Michelle Langi
    Posted at 12:02h, 05 May Reply

    I love this article. All the points from depression to security, networking ans finding working schedules.

  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    Posted at 10:23h, 05 May Reply

    Most of my work is done at home surrounded by my family! Chasing by email can be frustrating so face to face is better for interaction

  • Mercy
    Posted at 09:53h, 05 May Reply

    I’ve always loved working alone from the comfort of my own space, but I see the value in working in a coworking space. It does help with networking and finding new clients. I really appreciate your views on this, and I think I will research spaces in my area where I can work in the same space with people who operate in the writing industry.

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 09:56h, 05 May Reply

      Thanks for the comment Mercy. I think freelancers should explore both and see what fits them better.

  • Jazmin
    Posted at 00:06h, 05 May Reply

    Totally agree with #4!

  • Phaytea's Pulse
    Posted at 22:31h, 04 May Reply

    I usually wonder what it’ll feel like working in an open plan office…I feel there’ll be lots of distraction and meddlesome lots….but if it’s freelance..I guess it’s not a bad idea…you’ll need all the opinions you can get sometimes…interesting read

  • Melissa Jellie
    Posted at 21:36h, 04 May Reply

    I usually work from home when I freelance. I never even thought of this!

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 22:14h, 04 May Reply

      Usually, me too, but sometimes you need to be close to people to exchange ideas and that’s where a coworking space is good at.

  • Bhalo
    Posted at 21:17h, 04 May Reply

    I absolutely agree with you especially on no.4. We could all use a few extra connections to grow our businesses and I think this is a rather unique idea for that.

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 22:16h, 04 May Reply

      Thanks Bhalo. While working from home is great in many ways, you don’t get to meet a lot of people that way.

  • daniella flores
    Posted at 20:30h, 04 May Reply

    This is VERY true! I am a software analyst currently working from home. All of us that work at the company, work virtually and it can be difficult at times not being able to just tap on the persons shoulder!

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 20:46h, 04 May Reply

      Yeah, it’s a lot easier to ask something a person who’s in the same room as you than to wait for them to respond to an email or Skype.

  • Niki
    Posted at 20:28h, 04 May Reply

    I agree! I like coworking spaces yet sometimes I really need to be in my PJs! :p

    • Vladimir
      Posted at 20:45h, 04 May Reply

      Well, you can alternate. Just mind where you wear your PJs 🙂

  • Hemanth
    Posted at 18:46h, 04 May Reply

    Hey vladimir, very good information. I would love to do that in the near future. I am just getting started.

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