Coworking Can Improve Your Business and Your Home Life
If you are a freelancer, independent entrepreneur or remote worker who has spent time working out of your home, then the decision to move to a coworking space can be a difficult one. Working from home has its enticing advantages – you have minimal overhead and no commute, you can wear whatever you want, and you can take care of household tasks during the day. But after a while, the novelty of working from home can wear off, and leave you pining for a reliable, productive place to not only focus on your work, but also talk face-to-face with colleagues. Coworking can provide an important boost to your business, and can also help you to maintain necessary boundaries between your work and personal time.
If you’re thinking about moving to a coworking space, consider how these perks could benefit your business and your home life:
1. Networking, Collaboration and Community
Working from home can get downright lonely. Coworking provides an opportunity to meet and network with a wide range of people, in related and completely different lines of work. Because the members of a coworking space hail from a variety of businesses and professions, the atmosphere tends to be one of collaboration, rather than competition. A coworking space can offer an avenue to share ideas, seek and receive referrals, and just enjoy good conversation.
Distractions can hamper productivity when you’re working from home. Even if you can limit distractions during the day, family can make it a challenge to focus on work during the evening. That can create problems during periods when your business requires the extra hours. In a coworking space, you will have people diligently working around you, which can inspire and help you to maintain focus. Many coworking spaces provide 24/7 access to members, so you can work whenever and for as long as necessary to complete the task at hand.
Working from home can affect the way potential clients perceive your business. A shared office space can provide your business with a professional business address. This will make your business look more professional on Google Maps, and you won’t have to give your clients a home address to receive mail. Your business may require a more professional space to reach its full potential.
No matter how well-designed, there is a limit to the resources your home office can provide – and that can limit the growth of your business. A shared workspace can provide access to a large-scale printer, copier, scanner (and take care of the necessary repairs and maintenance that can create time crunches and crises in a home office). Additionally, a shared workspace can provide day offices, conference rooms and other meeting spaces for times when you need to conduct interviews, meet with clients or host other gatherings. A shared workspace can even provide phone answering services, so you can spend less time fielding solicitors’ calls and more time focusing on your work.
5. Personal Life
The boundaries between work and personal time can become blurred when you work from home. This can create an obvious strain on your home life, but it can also impact your work performance. Maintaining a clear separation between your work and home life can help you to focus on work when you’re working and then put work aside and be present when you’re at home.
The coworking space at Office Evolution Horsham seats up to twelve, with free wireless internet, plenty of places to plug in, and a community kitchen stocked with free coffee, tea and water. Office Evolution Horsham also has 31 furnished private and day offices and 2 conference rooms (accommodating 6 and 8 people), for times when you need more space for a meeting or gathering. Call (215) 315-0151 to schedule a tour today.