When working from home picked up steam in the early 2000s, it seemed like the ideal work-life balance: Work in your pajamas! No commute! Take your dog for a walk and get back to work!
People in offices envied their at-home counterparts, but what nobody was saying was that the reality of working from home is much less ideal than those pajama-clad employees and entrepreneurs were letting on. It turns out there are a lot of cons to working from your home office, including distractions, difficulty with productivity, struggles with separating work from life, and more.
The recent emergence of coworking spaces has filled a space we didn’t know we needed. It gets people back into the productivity of an office environment — without the competition, heavy hovering from bosses, threat of the time clock, and nonsense meetings. The co-working space is turning out to be the best option for many people across multiple generations and industries.
Benefits of Working in a Coworking Space – Community – Remote work has opened up more doors than anybody can count. The internet allows people to take their profitable ideas and bring them to life, and then expand on them again and again in countless ways. The downfall to working with nothing but a laptop? You miss out on community.
When you’re at home, you’re totally alone. Instead, a coworking space puts you in proximity of other like-minded creatives. Socializing with people who have similar dreams, ideas, and challenges will help you see your work from a new perspective, allowing you to expand on what you previously thought was possible.
Networking – Coworking spaces give you a professional space to network with others. With accommodating meeting rooms, you can host meetings and conferences in a professional space. Not only that, many co-working spaces give you access to their directory so you can find members to network with and join community events.
Peace and Quiet – Most coworking spaces offer a variety of workspaces. If you’re somebody who needs complete silence, you can reserve a closed office. Need a little bit of buzz around you to help you focus? Work at a desk in the open office space. There’s an option for whatever suits your work style.
Access to Office Equipment and Professional Mailing Address – At home, you may not want to keep up to date with all the latest office equipment, like printers, copy machines, and fax machines. These machines take up space, require maintenance, and when they break down you’re the one who has to handle it. In a coworking space, you can use office equipment when you need it. Someone else is maintaining it and keeping it ready for you. Plus, you can use a professional mailing address instead of renting a PO box or using your home address
Meeting and Conference Rooms – If you run a business where you need to meet with people, you need a professional space. Asking your client to sign mortgage documents at a local coffee shop isn’t private or professional. Going over your marketing plan for your client at a library table doesn’t inspire much confidence in your abilities. In a co-working space, you can rent a meeting or conference room for your meetings — only pay for the time you need — and show your clients that you’re trustworthy, professional, and somebody they want to do business with.
Coffee – Many coworking spaces have coffee available all day, as well as other perky amenities. When you work from home, you’re responsible for keeping your coffee stocked. It’s a little thing, but when you’re in the midst of a big project or back-to-back meetings, having coffee available can make all the difference in your day.
A Better Work-Life Balance – Perhaps most importantly, working in a coworking space allows you the freedom of a better work-life balance. When you work from home, the laundry piles scream at you every time you head to the kitchen to freshen your coffee. The doorbell rings, and you feel you have to answer it. The dog wants your attention. Your kids need help with homework.
And worst of all, you feel like you’re always on. Because you don’t leave to go to work, it feels like work never stops. Working in a co-working space, on the other hand, allows you to leave work at work, and do home life at home.
The modern co-working space offers all the benefits of an office, including better productivity, during work hours. Additionally, it affords you all the benefits of home life, including leaving your work at work, during home hours. There’s no need to scramble for professional meeting places, and no need to feel isolated and alone. The co-working space is the best modern way to manage your work and life.
Brian Jensen of Congruent Digital, a member of Coworking Connection in Temecula, CA has this to say: “as a small business owner, I’ve learned that there is such a thing as too much home time. I absolutely love the modern, professional atmosphere of Coworking Connection. The owner really goes out of her way to make it more than just a place to work and offers networking opportunities, events, parties and more.”
If you are currently working from home in Temecula or Murrieta, CA and are looking for a modern, professional space with flexible membership options, contact us today to learn more!