For some people, working from a home office can actually be an ideal environment. For many others, this kind of setup is stressful as it further blurs the lines between home and work. It’s no surprise that coworking spaces have been rising in popularity for years; they are an affordable solution to this problem and are present in many cities all around the world.
Whether you’re already considering this for yourself or simply wish to learn more, you should know about these five ways the coworking model helps promote a better work-life balance:
A common problem of working from home is feeling too “at home” and allowing things like chores, other household members and pets, or even just the feel of your environment to distract you from being productive.
Using a serviced office instead is a great way to set boundaries between your home life and your work responsibilities. Furnished with everything a good office needs, and available to hire for either short-term or long term periods, this office solution allows you to work in total privacy for as long as you need to.
Even online meetings from home can be a hassle. Who could forget the viral video of the journalist whose live televised interview was interrupted by his adorable children walking into the room? Then there’s the whole added task of ‘setting up a professional background’ for Zoom calls and hushing the rest of your household. Coworking spaces, on the other hand, have fully-furnished professional facilities such as meeting rooms and boardrooms at the ready to be booked by members who need them.
Coworking spaces are often available 24/7 to their members, though they tend to be most popular during day business hours. This allows you the flexibility to maintain a more regular work routine without having to fit around the schedules of your household and neighborhood. Whether you’re a morning person or night owl, your housemate’s loud fitness routine or neighbor’s construction project won’t be disturbing you at your serviced office.
It’s not just meeting rooms you can hire. Coworking space packages can also offer valuable virtual office solutions to help you streamline your work. A virtual office refers to having a professional business address (rather than a personal, residential address) as a reference for your clients and your mail. It can also include a dedicated phone number and a professional receptionist to manage your calls on your behalf. This way, you can focus on your business without worrying about missing out on any calls, mail, or opportunities.
There are a lot of ways to gloss over the fundamentals, but the fact is, it’s the energy and the money savings that will make the biggest difference to every other aspect of your life. With a serviced office, you don’t ever have to deal with lock-in contracts, maintenance costs, or utility bills. You don’t even need to furnish the space, yet it is totally yours to use for business. Coworking spaces also provide office amenities like kitchens, parking, networking opportunities, and sometimes even gyms and events – all designed to help you work and live more comfortably.
So, now that you’re better aware of these benefits, how likely are you to consider the coworking model for your own business?