COMPLAINT NO. 1: After working from home for a few months, I started talking to myself. People who work from home get lonely. You may see these people wandering out in public during lunch time in their signature sweatpants, having an over-excited and prolonged conversation with the check-out girl at the grocery store. SOLUTION: Co-working offers freelancers that good-ol' water cooler talk they're missing out on. Just passing by other humans in an office and saying hello can be enough to make you feel like a part of regular society again. COMPLAINT NO. 2: I know there's a way to do this in Photoshop, but I can't figure it out! When working from home, if you get stuck with a software problem or another type of question you may waste valuable time searching for an answer on your own. SOLUTION: Even better than a video tutorial on how to use Photoshop is a room full of other graphic designers who may have had the same problem and can offer you valuable advice. People who belong to co-working spaces relish the sense of community and regularly tap into other people's expertise. COMPLAINT NO. 3: I would like to finish my project today, but there are so many dishes to do. There are so many distractions at home. If it's not the dishes, it's watering the plants or doing the laundry. Even the most disciplined workers find it hard to separate work and life when freelancing. SOLUTION: The austere office environment of a co-working space provides productive distractions such as a coffee machine, newspapers and a breakroom where you can chat with other workers about current projects and ideas. It's worth the membership costs to be able to walk away from the dishes and the laundry and focus on your professional life. COMPLAINT NO. 4: My dining room table is uncomfortable to work from and does not feel like an office. Especially if you live in a city, you may not have the space or the funds to set up a home office. Working from the kitchen table can get really old really fast. And the dining chairs are not really that ergonomic. SOLUTION: Instead of spending money to outfit a home office, put the money towards a co-working space membership where you can count on great lighting, comfy chairs and large desks and tables. COMPLAINT NO. 5: I am spending $35 a week on lattes and bagels at the coffee shop. This is a problem for lots of freelancers. When the at-home routine becomes stagnant and unproductive, they'll move to a neighborhood coffee shop. But then the costs of eating and drinking in a cafe all day add up. SOLUTION: Put that money to use on a co-working membership instead. You'll cut down on cookies and croissants, and most co-working spaces include high-end coffee selections in-house. Get your caffeine fix and a wonderful office environment in one bundled membership cost.
5 Benefits of Co-Working
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