Working from home is great. It’s super convenient, you get to wear whatever you want and you don’t have to commute. But there are some downsides too. Coworking spaces can help with all these issues and more, so here’s an explanation of why they’re so much better than working from home.
Co-working spaces are a step up from working at home
What is coworking? Co-working spaces are often associated with tech startups, but they’re certainly not just for the tech crowd. Coworking spaces exist to give you more of a feeling of community and collaboration—even if your work is completely unrelated to tech.
Co-working spaces offer many benefits over working from home:
- You’ll get to meet new people and make new business connections that could be beneficial for your career or project.
- You’ll have access to resources like printers or scanners that you wouldn’t have at home (or would need an expensive printer/scanner combo).
You won’t feel lonely
Working from home can feel lonely. If you work in an office, you’re surrounded by your colleagues. You’re constantly exposed to a lot of stimuli and there’s always someone around to talk to or distract you when necessary. Working from home is the opposite of that: it’s quiet and quiet can be dangerous because it gives your brain too much freedom; it makes you forget that there are other people in the world doing things, which makes it easy for your brain to get distracted by anything at all.
Working in a coworking space is different because it’s social—not just because there are people around but also because those people are active participants in their projects. This means that everyone is engaged with what they’re doing.
You can be more productive
Now, you might be wondering: How can working in a shared office space help you to be more productive? It’s not like you’re going to get any more work done if someone else is around. Quite the opposite. The presence of other people helps to keep your mind focused on the task at hand. When you work from home, it’s much easier for distractions to creep in—whether they’re related to your family or just something random that needs tending to. At a coworking space, everyone around you understands what it takes to get things done and knows how important it is for them not to distract each other or waste precious time with small talk. It allows everyone who works there ample opportunities for collaboration and communication without getting distracted by non-work-related matters that may arise at home.
You can grow your network
In a coworking space, you can find clients, partners, and employees. Coworking spaces attract people who are interested in the same things you are. If you work at home, it’s hard to meet people who share your interests or can help you grow your business.
You can also learn from other people. Working in a coworking space is an opportunity to learn from others by talking about their business ideas and strategies for success, or by watching them work on their projects.
Additionally, coworking allows you to get advice from other people. Coworking spaces provide opportunities for learning that don’t happen as often when working from home because there’s no one around but yourself. You may be able to ask questions about how best to approach a problem or challenge—and hopefully get some solid answers in return.
Finally, in a coworking space, you can collaborate with other people. Working remotely means there aren’t many opportunities for collaboration; however, coworking allows members of the community who may not otherwise have met before now to have access to each other’s skills while working towards common goals.
It’s easier to get out of the house and get stuff done
As much as working from home can be a great option, it’s also easy to get stuck in a rut. You don’t leave the house, your laundry piles up, and then suddenly it’s been three days since you’ve seen anyone but your cat. If this sounds like you, coworking might be the answer. When you’re at an office space with people around all day long—and even better if those people are experts in their field—you’ll find yourself more likely to get out of bed in the morning or head on over once work is done for the day. You’ll also become part of an active community that works together to achieve goals and support each other throughout each day and night.
This article is intended to be helpful and inspiring. If you haven’t tried coworking yet, it is suggested to give it a shot. It might seem intimidating at first, especially if you work from home already, but the benefits of coworking are so great that it will make your job easier and more enjoyable. So go out there and find yourself a good coworking space.
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