When people decide to be self-employed or are lucky enough to work for a company which allows them to telecommute, often the first thought that enters their mind is setting up a small work space in their own home. This is the first phase of freelancing.
The illusion of being able to work from home might last for a few months, but for most people, this solution can not be a permanent one since spending all day, every day in the same small space is not an easy thing to do. Add to that the interruptions caused by the mailman or delivery man or the fact that you will be unable to forget about all of the things that need to be done around the house and it won’t be long before you start telling yourself “I need to get out of here!”
And herein lies the dilemma. You will ask yourself “where do I go now?” I’m sure you’ve already asked yourself that same question before. “Do I rent an office just for myself? No that’s too expensive. Do I share one? What if I don’t get along with the person I’m sharing it with?” It’s probably at this point that you will go by one of those trendy cafes – the kind that are opening all over the place nowadays, with a pleasant decor, good coffee and other beverages, a WiFi connection, relative quiet, and you might ask yourself “what if I came here everyday to work?”
OK, this could be a good option, but… for how long? Do you really think that everyday you will be able to find a comfortable place to sit? And that it will be quiet enough for you to work? Also, how many coffees would you have to drink in order to complete your work without the waiter becoming upset? Honestly… it might work for a short time, but I’m sure you realize that as quiet and comfortable as they can be, cafes are not really ideal places to work.
“So, what do I do?” You might be asking. It’s really quite simple: join a Co-working space! Why? For the following reasons:
The advantages of working in a Co-working space rather than a cafe
The advantages of working in a coworking space instead of at a cafe are numerous, most notably:
- It is a guaranteed work space: as queit as a cafe might be, nobody is going to reserve a table for you so that you can work there every day; and even if you find a table it might not be close to a power outlet. In a Co-working space on the other hand, you choose the spot at which you would like to work everyday. You also choose the days and hours that you would like to work there. At your desk – which will always be the same one – you will always have access to a power outlet in order to connect all of the various devices you may be using.
- Guaranteed WiFi connection: while it is true that there are cafes which offer a good WiFi connection, most do not guarantee good bandwidth, and there also won’t be anyone around to solve any technical problems which may arise. And, of course, the security of the information you are transmitting and receiving is not guaranteed either.
- Security: in addition to the security of the WiFi connection which we just mentioned, coworking spaces are monitored or provide you with the ability to leave your things unattended for a while without having to worry about being robbed. You will have access to a locker or have personalized access with a key card. Otherwise there will be someone monitoring the people entering and leaving (usually people who work there and who are in the same situation as yourself – making it unlikely that they would consider robbing you).
- You are not required to purchase anything: obviously you will need to pay rent for the Co-working space (except if the space is run by the municipality or a university and you can get free access for a while), but you won’t need to be ordering a coffee every hour like you would have to at a cafe in order to spend 4 to 6 hours working there. A cafe probably wouldn’t force you to buy a coffee every hour, but they are businesses and nobody likes to be taken advantage of. In a Co-working space, you can drink a coffee or any other beverage whenever you feel like it, and only because you do feel like it.
- Quiet: in general, Co-working spaces are quite. People usually speak softly in order not to disturb each other. Who can guarantee that this will be true of the cafe you choose to visit? NOBODY! And you know it.
- Networking: another advantage of this type of shared work space is that you will be surrounded by professionals with whom you can network, collaborate or simply exchange ideas. These types of spaces are ideal for meeting people who work in the same field as yourself, something which can be difficult and often awkward to accomplish at a cafe.
- Rooms for holding meetings and other events: another thing that cafes are unable to offer are a place to hold important meetings with your clients. While cafes can often be comfortable places, they are not always private or quite enough. Co-working spaces on the other hand offer rooms for holding meetings – most of the time at no extra cost.
And now that you know that Co-working spaces are the best places for you to work and to be inspired as well as to save you money, what are you waiting for to take a look at what we have to offer at Worktel?
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