Freelancers and contractor writers operate as independent entrepreneurs, but that arrangement doesn’t have to mean creating entirely in a vacuum. Gathering with other freelancers in a coworking environment can benefit professionals as well as their products. Coworking provides opportunities to observe and learn from colleagues who value their autonomy and often share other values, too.
If you’re thinking about moving your one-person shop to a coworking atmosphere, consider how these perks could infuse you with new ideas and elevate your current projects.
1. Using tools on the go.
Many phone and web apps, software programs and other tools were designed to be especially beneficial outside of the office.
2. Breaking out of your comfort zone.
Working across the desk from someone with a completely different skill set can help you discover a new source of ideas. You might find your brain is starting to work in different ways, too.
If you’re nervous about joining a coworking group, challenge yourself to step into the unknown. Much of what you fear is fear itself.
3. Working at your own pace.
Coworking makes it possible for you to create some space between you and your clients — just enough to redirect energy to your own projects and move at your own pace. Coworking can be a respite from day-to-day workplace worries about strict deadlines or clients trying to reach you at your primary location.
4. Making full use of your coworking space.
This is an ideal time to be a freelancer or solopreneur. Coworking spaces allow a startup to maintain an address for receiving packages and mail. You can rent small suites to meet with clients or find a calm room to call clients from a no-kid zone.
5. Avoiding loneliness.
Working at home can have an isolating effect after a period of time. Coworking is an easy fix. Working amidst others can lend a sense of camaraderie, even when you’re creating alongside complete strangers.