Fed up with working from home? Co-working spaces are on the rise
Posted on 4th June 2020 at 08:38
As a small business owner or freelancer you may well have looked into the possibility of using a co-working space in the past. These are always cropping up in new spaces all over the country, and they're steadily growing in popularity all over the world. Considering the fact that more and more people are turning to freelancing or starting their own small businesses, as well as the recent rise of employers allowing their employees to work from home following the coronavirus pandemic, this is likely to rise exponentially in the near future.
Why choose a co-working space?
Some studies have shown that you can expect to see an increase in your productivity levels if you work at a co-working space, compared to working from home all the time. Many freelancers know how tiring it can get to work in one place all the time, especially if that place is your living room, kitchen table or bedroom! If your home is too small, you might find yourself feeling cramped and stressed, and therefore struggling to work effectively.
A co-working space can also offer you the ability to have some human interaction with others, and it is this which really draws a lot of people to these spaces.
There are so many fantastic networking opportunities at co-working spaces, and you might find that your next great business partner or freelancing contract is to be found there - not to mention that it gets you out the house and that is often enough to ensure that you will meet many more people who might be useful for your career.
If you find yourself facing a particular business challenge, you are almost certainly going to find someone there who has been through it already, and that means you can ask them for help. Or you could just want someone to listen to your business idea or pitch for a freelancing job, in any case it’s useful to have those people around you as you work.
Co-working spaces can help you to feel more disciplined in your work, and to feel like you are part of a wider community. Many freelancers and small business owners find themselves feeling lonesome when they work primarily from home, so this can be a really important part of feeling more like a part of something bigger - an essential human need for us all.
The top four co-working spaces in London
1. The Ministry, Southwark (pictured)
Some coworking spaces lend themselves particularly to certain types of thinkers, and for the Ministry in Southwark it tends to be creative and musical types. It is operated by the Ministry of Sound, after all! This space offers nice touches for the musical, including a recording studio and practice rooms, as well as the usual desks and hotpoints. It is, however, open to anyone who wants to use it - you don't specifically have to be in the creative/musical industries.
This is a coworking arm of Soho House, which is designed for ‘people that want a dedicated workspace and also appreciate Soho House’s design, functionality, friendly service and attention to detail’. It has a real contemporary look about it, looks beautiful, and is known to be frequented by many great minds, so you can meet some interesting people here.
This is a beautiful seven-storey building with a great old design, and it tends to draw in workers who are looking for peace and quiet while away as they work for hours on end. You can meet some interesting people in the break room however.
This is located in Clerkenwell, just a stone's throw from the City. It is known for its amazing location and an incredibly slick design, as well as being an affordable and easy place to work for many hours.
Nicola J Sorrell -
Founder | Xero Champion | IR35 Expert
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