For many self-employed professionals working from home, comes the daily distractions of kids, dirty dishes, and that one load of washing that always needs hanging on the line.
Then there’s the loneliness of being stuck on your own day-in and day-out, the lack of someone to bounce ideas off or a colleague who keeps you going when you’re stuck in a rut.
In today’s changing workforce where businesses increasingly don’t require a bricks and mortar presence, there is a growing group of professionals who do conduct their businesses out of their own home. They may be a start-up who isn’t big enough, or successful enough yet to rent a full office suite. They may simply be a contractor who simply doesn’t require an office. Or a creative company who outsources their talent.
This is where co-working spaces come into their own. Co-working spaces allow these workers to have the best of both worlds. They allow professionals to have a quiet space to come - away from the domestic distractions, without the expensive rent and overheads of renting a purpose-built office.
But they also get the benefits of working in a supportive office environment. A place to share ideas, support each other through projects and discuss industry developments.
However Co-working space also offer something that regular offices don’t - instant networking opportunities. A great co-working space is a collection of like-minded people interacting in a creative environment together.
Co-working spaces can ease some of the stress of starting a new business and provide valuable resources and connections you won't find anywhere else. They're popular for the flexibility they offer new businesses, but the real value is the informal conversations and the expert advice members are happy to offer one another.
So next time your toddler interrupts your conference call or you’ve procrastinated doing that business proposal by cleaning out your linen cupboard, go ahead and take a free week trial at Pigeon House Studios and see how much work your can really get done.
You might surprise yourself.