How would you feel if, by the end of this article, you have a clear picture of whether or not coworking spaces are the right way to go? Well, that’s what we intend to do. We are going to look at the five most significant benefits of coworking, and whether or not it’s worth it, leaving the comfort of your own home.
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Six years ago, the total number of coworking spaces worldwide was less than 5,000. Fast forward to the present day, and the worldwide total is above 20,000. If before you didn’t have much of a choice and home office was the only office, today it’s a whole different story. Your options are so many that you can pick between things like an office environment, color preferences, furniture preferences, drinks, lounge areas, playground areas, smoking decks, and much, much more.
Some coworking spaces even specialize in certain professions. For instance, writers, designers, programmers, freelancers, and other large working communities, where members can help each other.
Coworking spaces are becoming more and more popular. Expectations are that by the end of 2022, the number of coworking spaces worldwide to go upwards of 30,000. This means a 500% increase in six years! Stunning right? Well, there are very good reasons for those numbers. Let’s have a look at five of them.
1. Professional environment.
Focusing on your work can be a very big challenge when the kids are running around the living room or play video games on speakers. Not to mention the laundry room pile, the ironing pile, the sink full of dishes, or the dirt from yesterday’s rain on your windows.
And if you think that the kids and your annoying household chores are your only enemy, then what about your television?
Leave it on, and the continuous sounds of commercials, semi-interesting mid-day TV shows, news, and other media are a regular distraction. Maybe you are thinking, “well just switch off the TV, and everything is fine.” Well, not exactly. Because, when you switch it off, the silence and lack of any background noise whatsoever (that’s only if you don’t have kids) are unbearable. Try staying in complete silence for two hours, and you will know what I mean. Then, do it for eight, and you will probably lose your mind.
In addition to everything mentioned above, motivation often increases when you are surrounded by hard-working, and busy people. It is essential when it comes to productivity. When you see that the people around you are all focused on their job, you feel obligated to do the same.
Overall the whole mood of the situation is different. That’s not even the best part. You get all the benefits of an office environment, like the atmosphere and people around you, but you are still your own boss. How cool is that?
2. People Interaction
Probably the biggest drawback of working from home is loneliness.
Maybe it won’t bother you much, for the first couple of weeks, but after a month or two it will start taking its toll on you. Feeling lonely will not only lower your performance and results, but it will also make time stop. An eight-hour shift will feel like a sixteen-hour shift. Sooner rather than later, you will feel soo tired and bored, from your daily tasks, that you might make impulse decisions, like quitting your job.
After all, nobody likes eating lunch alone.
Whether you are interested in networking or you just want to socialize, coworking spaces enable you to connect with other professionals. Many places host events, games, and all kinds of other cool interactive activities. Some even help connect you with other people in your industry or find assignments and other job opportunities.
3. Space, lots of Space.
The importance of space and ability to move around, even dough you have a desk job, is often overlooked by everyone. The last thing you want is to be stuck working from your kitchen table with no room for either a proper desk or a place to eat like a normal human being.
When you are working on a desk, it’s vital for both your mental and physical health to stand up occasionally and move around. Your blood flow will increase, and your brain will receive some very needed fresh oxygen. Not to mention, you will feel much better, and the chances of getting problems with your lower and upper back decrease tremendously.
On a more professional note, if you need to meet with a client or have a group discussion, you can’t honestly do it from your living room, right?
Maybe you can if you are brave enough, but if you want to make things professional, signing up for a room within a coworking space presents a simpler, safer alternative than inviting a stranger into your home or attempting to squeeze people around your dining room table.
Coworking spaces can make life a lot easier if you are a digital nomad who’s working in an unfamiliar city or country. You get the opportunity to meet people, who can potentially help you out with getting used to the city. They might even give you a tour if you make a good enough first impression.
4. Change in Surroundings
Are you tired of seeing the same things over and over again? Even though your home is beautiful and was made just the way you like it, you can grow very tired of it very quickly. A change in the scenery can prove to be just what the doctor ordered.
Studies show that if we see and encounter the same things day in and day out, our levels of focus and motivation significantly drop. Give your mind the well-needed change to help stay motivated and efficient in your work.
To give you a simple example. Think about your favorite food. Now imagine you need to eat only this for the next 30 days. It doesn’t matter how delicious it is and how much you love it, I can guarantee you that on the 30th day it won’t taste the same. The same principle applies to the workspace.
The best thing about coworking spaces is that once you grow tired of one, you can easily change and go somewhere else. Take full advantage of their growing popularity and stay regularly in new and exciting surroundings.
5. Be Part of a Community
We already discussed the importance of having people around you and not feeling lonely. Now, let’s take it to the next level by also being part of a community.
Every coworking space has its own “vibe.” Discovering one that fits you can increase morale and create a sense of belonging. Take advantage of having people around with similar problems, needs, and ideas. You can ask for a second opinion, help, advice, or even partner up with someone. You never know, maybe the next coworking space holds your future partner, whether in terms of business, love, or even both.
There are countless stories of people who met their business partners or even life partners in a coworking space. Bringing people of the same interest in one place creates a powerful environment that can only be beneficial for the ones who look for improvement and success.
Unlike a regular office environment, where everyone is there because they have to, or they will lose their job. People in coworking spaces are there because they want to. This makes them much more positive, and the whole atmosphere is different. You meet people with smiles on their faces, instead of a grim and sense of animosity.
Many coworking spaces even organize team buildings and other events, like happy hours with drinks and snacks, for everyone to enjoy.
If after reading all of this you are still not convinced that coworking is right for you. There is only one thing left to do.
Go and try it!
Just google “coworking spaces”, and you will get a plethora of options.
However, before you commit, make sure you take advantage of the “Daily Desk” options, most companies offer. This way, you can go check out the community and all the other amenities. Therefore, three days later you can make your decision if you want to commit.