Many people dream of setting up a home business so they can be their own boss and set their own schedule. But, whilst running a business from home has many advantages, it has a fair set of challenges too.
That’s why more and more home business owners are transforming the way they work by using coworking spaces.
A coworking space is a place where several workers from different companies share an office space.
By sharing the space users get the benefits of cost savings and convenience by using common infrastructure, such as equipment, utilities, and receptionist services. In some cases, refreshments and additional business support are included too.
So how does coworking help?
Promotes a healthy work/life balance
When your personal life and your work are both under the same roof it can be harder to switch off. There are no set work hours to stick to and it can often be easy to forget to take a break. Finding the right balance can be tough.
The productive and professional environment that a coworking office provides will allow you to get through your to-do list and head home at the end of the day with your mind completely off work and focused on family time.
If you don’t have the necessary discipline when working from home, it’s all too easy to get distracted by your household chores or even an episode of your favourite TV show.
Renting a desk in a coworking office removes these distractions and encourages you to work more productively by putting you in the right mindset to get to work and do it well.
Working from home can be very isolating. Even with phone conversations, social media and email threads allowing you to interact with others from the comfort of your own home, you might still develop cabin fever from being in the same place for too long by yourself.
By utilising a coworking space you will get the chance to interact with other like-minded individuals. This will help to overcome the loneliness and can provide connections who could help further your company goals or even build your client list.
One of the most common reasons people benefit from coworking is that it is known to boost productivity and creativity.
Sometimes simply changing your surrounds or drawing inspiration from others is enough to provide a new source of inspiration. To achieve the best results it’s vital that you find the coworking office that best suits your working style.
Another side effect of the loneliness of running a business from home is that sometimes it can feel like there’s no one to turn to for support when you need it.
The collaborative environment that coworking brings provides an opportunity to share skills and ideas so you never have to feel alone again. Some coworking packages even offer access to additional support from selected partners.
When you use coworking spaces you’re getting much more than a place to work. Additional perks can include high-speed Wi-Fi, printing, franking and photocopying services and break rooms where you can access complimentary refreshments.
Plus, with access to meeting rooms, it gives you space to take conference calls or meetings face-to-face or online in a more professional setting than your kitchen, bedroom or dining room.
Renting a desk in a coworking office gives you the benefits of a fully-equipped office without the expense of a commercial lease. Plus, with flexible options available you can scale your use up or down to suit your needs.
So, whether you’re looking for dedicated desk space for everyday use or somewhere to set up camp for just a few days a month, coworking offices offer the flexibility to pick a membership option that suits your needs.
Do you miss the social aspect of working in a shared office? Are you struggling to find the right work/life balance? Or could you benefit from a more professional environment? SO Fourteen is a coworking space in Southampton’s city centre that’s home to start-ups, small businesses, freelancers and remote workers. With four membership options to choose from, we have the choice and flexibility to suit a range of requirements. Book a tour or contact us today to find out more.