One of the appealing things about working for yourself is being able to work in your pajamas from home. But many people find that this is not the panacea they hoped: constant distractions, a lack of separation between work and play, and loneliness are common.
Thankfully, there’s an affordable option for people that want a more social work environment out of the home without having to rent an office for their business.
That solution is coworking, and its popularity is soaring. According to Allwork, there are over 14,000 coworking spaces today and 3.8 million people are expected to belong to a coworking space by 2020.
Coworking spaces bring together many solopreneurs and startups into an office-like environment. Most coworking spaces include dedicated and shared desks, meeting rooms, kitchens, printers, and other perks of traditional offices. They also include Internet service.
Some of the benefits of working in a coworking space are:
WeWork is perhaps the most popular coworking business out there, but there are probably lots of small coworking options in your town. The best way to pick one is to visit them and take a tour.
In addition to inspecting the facilities and their vibe, some coworking spaces offer educational seminars and social events that might provide additional value to you.
Also, the national and worldwide chains usually offer some sort of visiting rights when you are traveling and need a space to work or meet clients.
In general, coworking spaces offer four different packages:
One of the best things about coworking spaces is that you can typically try it out to see what works for you. With month-to-month contracts, you can take your time figuring out if you need a dedicated office and how many days a week you’ll make the effort to leave your house and head to the “office.”