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At one stage of your freelancing or digital nomad career, you will consider joining a coworking space. Every freelancer contemplates the idea of joining a co-working hub. Is it worth leaving your beloved barista behind for a change of scenery in a more work-oriented atmosphere? The answer you’re looking for comes down to what your work preferences are. I personally have toyed with the idea of using a space, as some of the prices are very reasonable!
Coworking spaces offer a stable middle ground between working in a traditional office and working in an over-crowded coffee shop with poor wifi connection. Coworking spaces can offer a workplace community for freelancers and numerous networking opportunities. However, coworking spaces are most definitely not for everyone, especially those who enjoy the silence and uninterrupted workflows. Paying for a coworking space means actually using it, so before you decide to join make sure you’ll get your money’s worth and consider these various positive and negative factors of coworking spaces.
Pros of coworking
Coworking spaces are known for their relatively cheaper and flexible fees. Many coworking spaces offer a variety of membership options ranging from paying for desk or private cubicle. Global coworking spaces also allow members to choose memberships that allow them to travel and work from different cities. Many even offer daily passes to those who are just looking to work for the day. Coworking spaces are meant to be accessible by everyone, which creates diverse communities and prime opportunities for expanding your network.
Community and Collaboration
Coworking spaces tend to draw a diverse crowd of creatives, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and artists. At your fingertips, you have access to a wealth of knowledge from like-minded individuals who most likely have experienced the same pains and gains of independent work. Most coworking spaces throw events and provide amenities like free coffee and business-class printing services. From a UX perspective, coworking spaces offer a great place to conduct user testing and user research. If you need feedback on projects or a new perspective, simply look to your neighbor. You are never alone in coworking spaces so lonely freelancers, this is the world for you! With that being said, coworking spaces are a great place to grow your business and personal networks.
Don’t worry about restocking bathroom supplies or ensuring the rent is paid on time. When you join a coworking space the administrative work is taken care of, which makes moving in and starting a piece of cake. Coworking spaces allow you to focus more of your energy on the important work and calm your worries of monthly maintenance chores. Many coworking spaces can also help order your office supplies, send mail, and provide administrative assistance. Most coworking spaces have top-notch printing services and services to help you maintain your business.
Cons of Coworking Spaces
If you are someone who enjoys their privacy and silence when working, joining a coworking space might not be your best option. Some of the main perks of coworking hubs are the community and convenience. On the other hand, coworking spaces can be unpredictable and privacy is never guaranteed. Don’t expect to come to an empty office or workplace, coworking spaces are rumbling hubs that appeal to people looking for more community than the local coffee shop.
In a coworking space, you will constantly be surrounded by other coworkers (hence the word coworking). If you’re distracted easily by the allure of people watching, your investment might not go too far here. The coworking community might offer more distractions rather than productivity if you don’t opt for the private office, which can be more expensive than the basic membership.
If you have ever shared an apartment, office, or any space you understand that multiple personalities under one roof can often end in conflict. In a coworking space, there is no Human Resources to settle your disputes, and most conflicts must be resolved between the two engaged parties, which could potentially make things awkward.
If you opt for the communal seating option, there’s no guarantee where you will work day-to-day. One day you might be a desk and the other you might be stuck on a beanbag. Of course, this is easily avoidable if you’re an early bird and stake out your territory. Coworking spaces can be unpredictable depending on the place and the people in it