13 Reasons to Get Out of Your House and Into a Coworking Space
Working from home may sound great if you’re stuck in a 9 to 5 job you don’t like, or if you spend hours commuting each week. But working from home presents a host of challenges, including distractions, lack of motivation, and no separation between your work life and your personal life.
Coworking provides a great alternative. Coworking spaces are full of professionals who could work from home but, for a variety of reasons, choose to join coworking spaces instead.
If you’re considering ditching the work-from-home routine and joining a coworking space, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. It can be transformative for your life and career. But don’t take my word for it. Here are 13 reasons to get out of your house and into a coworking space.
1. Be more productive: People join coworking spaces to get work done. You’ll be surrounded by people who are focused and engaged in their work—and that vibe is contagious. You’ll likely find that your own productivity rises when you join a space.
2. Increase your happiness: A 2015 coworking member survey found that 89% of respondents are happier since joining a coworking space. They report being less lonely (83%) and having an expanded social network (79%).
3. Improve your health: In addition to being happier, you’ll also be healthier. Loneliness has been found to have a toxic effect on the human body. By reducing your isolation and loneliness, you’ll boost your well-being.
4. Grow your network: Coworking spaces have built-in networks of designers, developers, writers, consultants, attorneys, financial planners, entrepreneurs, artists and much more. Often times whatever needs arise can be met in-house, or else a member will have a good referral for you.
5. Make new friends: The social aspect is a key part of coworking. Imagine a fun, thriving workplace full of interesting people—but without the hierarchy and jostling for promotions and approval that can plague traditional workplaces. In the best coworking spaces, friendships are easy and abundant.
6. Talk to someone other than your cat: Whether it’s chit-chat at the coffee machine, a quick convo about the best time-tracking software, or a long discussion about a community-based initiative or startup, coworking spaces are abuzz with interesting conversations.
7. Regular work routine: One of the big challenges of working from home is that you’re never really off-the-clock, because your work is always right there. Working out of a coworking space allows you to set a work routine and better separate your work time from your personal time.
8. Coffee and tea: It’s a small thing, but easy access to coffee and tea (not to mention the snacks and treats that regularly appear in coworking spaces) is a nice perk. Plus, getting a refill gives you a chance to stretch your legs, connect with people and step away from your screen for a few minutes.
9. Clients and jobs: Once you join a coworking space, your fellow members come to know, like and trust you—plus, they have a good sense of the work you do and what jobs would be a good fit for you. They can therefore comfortably refer you for client work, projects and jobs.
10. Professional development events: Events and programming are a big part of coworking. Many spaces host events, presentations and workshops that benefit their members professionally. Whether it’s a skillshare with an in-house designer, a fellow member offering tips for giving a presentation, a workshop on taxes, or a networking event, these in-house events can accelerate your professional development in powerful ways.
11. In-house amenities: At home you may have a small computer printer and copier. But do you have access to a pro machine that puts out high-quality prints, scans, copies and faxes? Most coworking spaces offer nice business amenities like these, along with paper shredding and mailboxes.
12. Meeting rooms: Meeting clients at coffee shops can be less than ideal and doesn’t send a particularly professional vibe. Many coworking spaces offer meeting rooms to their member that can be used for everything from one-on-one client meetings and small group brainstorms to presentations and events.
13. Community of supportive people: The thing that separates coworking from office rental spaces is community. Coworking spaces are full of people who are interested in collaborations, mutual support, socializing and in-house referrals. This can grow and strengthen your career in ways that working alone from home never will.
Cat Johnson is a writer and content strategist focused on coworking, community and the future of work. Publications include Shareable, Yes! Magazine, Mother Jones, Triple Pundit and GOOD. She’s the author of Coworking Out Loud, a guide to content marketing for coworking spaces and collaborative teams. Follow her on Twitter: @CatJohnson