Freelancers are free birds. They like doing things on their own, in their personal space. While it is a misconception that freelancers are rather less stressed than a regular 9-5 job person, it may not be true. In fact, freelancers handle multiple projects simultaneously, exhibiting multitasking capability. Such minds need more space and freedom to think and create.
Working from home is an option for them but the distractions are way too many. Daily chores consume significant time from the working hours, even when they have planned their work schedule. This creates a need for them to find an office space. Now, while they do require an office to work from, they also need their freedom and flexibility. So they look out for places which can offer a mix of both. Coworking offices are the best options for them to meet all their requirements. Let’s see how.
1. The convenience of an office (but with flexibility)
Coworking offices offer the advantage of providing a seating place along with all the amenities like meeting rooms, call booths, cafeteria, 24*7 coffee, break zones, etc. The place also offers flexibility to work as per the individual’s convenience. All these are really helpful in focussing on work. Today the coworking offices also provide green spaces to keep the place lively and maintain the fresh airflow.
2. Getting away from distractions – Work-life separation
As we all might have experienced by now with the nationwide lockdown, however luring it might sound to work from home, believe it or not, it gets difficult with all the distractions around the house. Freelancers need a break from their daily household chores to focus on their work. Getting an office environment really helps here. Having a workplace environment is important to get work back on track.
3. Meeting new people – Networking opportunities
Freelancers mostly work at their homes or from cafes or secluded spots. They do not get a chance to interact with people, let alone make new friends. Coworking offices, thus, opens a window of opportunity for them to connect with new and dynamic people. They get to meet different people and might find common grounds and compatibility with some to even profit their work.
4. Keeping oneself motivated
Like we all have experienced during this lockdown, working alone is not an easy task. The constant source of motivation that we receive from the ambiance of the office is absolutely missing. The dynamic environment with all the employees buzzing around and working all day long gives people a push to keep going even for a one-man army. It inculcates self-discipline within the freelancers which helps them a long way in managing their projects professionally.
5. Fresh ambiance
As everyone says, having a positive environment is really important to set the mood for work. Sitting in a gloomy room with a mess all around drags down all the motivation to start the work.
A study conducted by Regus found that 84% of people believe that working in such flexible spaces reduces loneliness and 53% said that it helped them reduce stress.
Coworking offices realize the importance and pay extra attention to setting the working ambiance. Open spaces, freedom to design separate interiors, more green plants everywhere, provision for laying the work stress off, etc. are some of the features that can kick start freelancers’ productivity.
6. Physical and mental wellness
Going to the office also gives an opportunity to step out of the home for fresh air. Working and living in the same place is really bad for your health. The body gets soar with little or no movements.
Commuting also gives time to think. This is the time which can be used to read, listen to music, or open minds to let the creativity flow. Creativity is needed everywhere. Even in MNCs to think of new ideas, new projects, unique approaches. The combined efforts to put out a perfect place to work boost employee’s creativity.
So even if the freelancers might have felt at home during the quarantine period with the coronavirus outbreak (quite literally), they do prefer working from coworking spaces. Quality work is reflected when all the focus shifts to work and work only. As per a JLL report, it’s estimated that by 2030, around 30% of the office space will be flexible. And it makes sense because the professional world is changing and people are on the lookout for more flexible environments, Coworking spaces are the perfect options available right now.