In the past, most freelancers had no option but to work from home due to how expensive it could be to rent a small office or studio space. Thanks to the introduction of shared offices and co-working spaces, this is now a much more affordable option. If you are a freelancer or have plans to become one in the future, you may be interested to learn that there are significantly more benefits associated with working outside of your home. Here’s a look at the top benefits you will experience by choosing to freelance from an office or studio.
While it can be tempting to work from home because of how convenient it may seem to be, it’s important to remember that it can also be very distracting. From dealing with everyday household tasks, such as laundry, to frequent interruptions from family members, it can be hard to get anything done. On the other hand, working out of an office gives you the opportunity to work in an environment that is free of distractions. This allows you to focus entirely on your work, which will boost your productivity and likely improve the quality of your work.
Working out of an office, especially a co-working or shared space, is a great way to network with other freelancers, potential clients, and/ or entrepreneurs. Interacting with others is crucial to building relationships that can potentially lead to new clients and work opportunities. Unfortunately, when you are working from home, it is harder to build type of relationships necessary for your business to thrive.
Just like working out of an office allows you to build relationships, it also gives you the chance to share ideas, as well as brainstorm with other freelancers.
The Company of Others
Working from home can quickly become a lonely task while renting an office space (such as Meanwhile Creative’s office space Bristol) allows you to take a few minutes out of your day to chat with others. Having the option of taking a break every now and then and talking with other professionals can leave you feeling happier, more refreshed, and ready to return to your work.
A Professional Vibe
This is especially important if you have face-to-face contact with your clients on a routine basis because they are more likely to see you as a true professional. As an added bonus, you can display your degrees and awards on the wall, which is sure to impress clients.
No Potential for Disaster
Unless you put up all of your work away every single time you walk away from your home office space, there is always the chance that a pet, curious child, or even well-meaning spouse will start rummaging through your stuff and accidentally delete the project you’ve been working on for days or spill coffee on the handwritten proposal it took you more than a week to prepare. In an office or studio, this is not a concern. You can run out to lunch or to do a few errands and return to your work exactly as you left it.