Working from home used to be the big thing. Between the years 2000 and 2010, people who worked at least one day at home per week increased by over 4 million. The rate of occasional remote workers jumped from 9.2 million to 13.4 million during that decade.
However, working from home saw its disadvantages, and was rarely connected with a full-time career. Disadvantages included not being able to tell how well or if people were actually working, lack of contact with co-workers and others, and, generally speaking, working from home was not necessarily considered to be the most viable solution for business. In other words, not everyone is cut out for working from home. Unless you are very well disciplined, working from home can be very distracting.
Enter now the co-working space trend which is very much on the rise. A co-working space is a place available to you every day, where you can choose a desk or your spot, and work in a structured, peaceful atmosphere. Gone are the days of taking your laptop to a loud café in the hopes of getting some work done as these spaces offer an office-like environment.
If you are a business owner these spaces can save you the trouble of setting up an office. But if you already work from home, try working from these spaces which will give you other advantages as well including the following:
Creating a structure
Working from home is a dream for many, but it doesn’t create for you a working structure since you are faced with an abundance of distractions. It’s not easy to work effectively when you are too close to everything that makes you too comfortable to the extent that it makes you lazy. Work needs to be separated from home in order to create structure in your life.
You need an energetic mindset and environment to work. A co-working space offers that without the usual distracting chaos that happens in an office. According to one study focused on entrepreneurs, a co-working office environment made 64% of entrepreneurs more productive, 68% more focused, and 90% more confident. These statistics prove that you can make your own business a success. When considering entrepreneurs, some countries like Dubai, for example, have a very encouraging rising market of entrepreneurship. With new markets constantly opening there, it makes Dubai’s coworking spaces a favored option to get the work done within a non-stressful, yet working atmosphere. As an owner of a new startup, you can get work done in a space without the need of having to set up an office, because co-work spaces are fully office equipped, which you can rent on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis, depending on the agreed contract or your budget.
If you are indeed starting a new business, you can save on utility bills seeing that co-working spaces cover this. Plus, you will never have to worry about dealing with service providers or repairs, and you will get really fast internet! If something goes wrong in the space, it is for them to fix it. Add to all these perks, renting a space is actually cheaper than renting a traditional office.
Join like-minded people
By nature, most people don’t like feeling isolated. Working from home can do that to you. Co-working spaces have numerous professionals, startups, freelancers, artists, and entrepreneurs who meet up and collaborate together. It’s the perfect place to meet new people and expand your networking.
As co-working increases in popularity, so do their advantages. The environment is very flexible, while being controlled at the same time. Any member can book their needed space and work according to their own rules. This progress is making it possible for people to have more control over their working lives, and get more work done in a pleasing and comfortable atmosphere that encourages the ideal professional atmosphere.
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