Coworking Spaces Grow in Popularity Among Elancers.Guest_Blogger | Oct 29, 2012
As freelancing gains traction and the mobile workforce emerges, coworking spaces such as those on Deskwanted and NextSpace deliver real advantages to online workers. Here’s some food for thought from the team at Deskwanted.
Ring, ring, it’s 8 a.m.—time to get up and go to work. Or rather, stumble into the next room to your home office. It’s fantastic not having to commute. All you have to do is get up, get dressed and start working. But perhaps today you’ll skip the second step and work in pajamas. On second thought, your bed is far more comfortable than your desk chair...you’ll just get settled here for a day of work. You think you can definitely sit properly in your bed and have a productive day of work. Definitely. Oh, but one moment; before that, you first have to put in a load of washing. Oh, and you should make some coffee. And feed the cat. Maybe you should slow cook something for dinner tonight?
Ahhh, being your own boss has many advantages. Flexible work hours, complete control over your workload, and no need to wear a suit. But with these perks come challenges: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance, keeping your skill-set and knowledge up-to-date, and fostering extended business and social networks. Actually, being productive can be exceptionally difficult when working from home. It’s not uncommon for freelancers and entrepreneurs to feel isolated, which can quickly take its toll.
This is a situation felt by many freelancers, contractors and entrepreneurs all over the world, and as the number of freelancers grows, so too does the number of people experiencing these difficulties. In 2005, however, an industry emerged that addresses these challenges—all while allowing independent workers to keep their flexibility and independence. Coworking spaces are new types of workspaces that allow mobile workers to share office facilities for a fraction of the cost of renting a private office or business center. Coworking spaces are found all over the world and are gaining in popularity, thanks to the many advantages members of co-working communities feel from joining a “space”: Coworkers feel more productive, increase their business and social networks, reduce their feelings of isolation, increase their income and achieve a healthier work-life balance. Coworking communities are made up of professionals from a range of fields. You might meet an entrepreneur that has faced similar problems to yours over a cup of coffee, lunch with a web designer who can create your website, meet your future collaborator at the printer or share a power outlet with someone who needs your services. Companies are warming up to the trend and realizing that coworking spaces are hubs of talent and innovation. More and more teams are using co-working spaces to find their next contractor or collaborator.
The spaces are designed with independent and mobile workers in mind, so membership plans are completely flexible, offering casual, part-time, and permanent rates. Every space is different: design, spirit and community change from space-to-space, so there’s one that suits all professions and personalities. There’s a reason that the growth-rate of co-working spaces is doubling each year, but to really understand the benefits of coworking for you and your business you need to experience one for yourself. Find and book a coworking space near you on Deskwanted, the largest coworking-focused portal worldwide, and find out how it can improve your business.
About the Author
Joel Dullroy is the co-founder of Deskwanted.com, the portal for coworking spaces and shared offices. Before launching Deskwanted, Joel Dullroy was a journalist and cultural organizer. He moved from his native Australia to Berlin in 2008 and worked as a freelance journalist, contributing stories to international media including the BBC, the Financial Times and Der Spiegel. In 2010 Joel joined with Carsten Foertsch to create Deskwanted and Deskmag.