Feeling Lonely as a Freelancer? Try Co-Working

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By Lynne Gowers on 21st January 2014

Feeling Lonely as a Freelancer? Try Co-Working

Many people embrace freelancing after years in a corporate environment, meaning that the change could leave some feeling lonely and disconnected from the real world. Having experienced the freedom and flexibility independent work offers, most freelancers would never dream of returning to regular employment regardless of how much they miss the water cooler chats and the office buzz.

But there is another way, and that’s co-working. The Guardian has taken a look at the advantages and disadvantages of this working practice.

Try co-working when you go freelance

Co-working seems to be the perfect solution for freelancers who miss the office for one reason or another. There must be quite a few independent professionals who do, judging by the steadily growing popularity of shared workspaces. According to research conducted every year by DeskMag, the past year has seen an 83% jump in the number of co-working locations around the world, while the number of users has shot up by 117%.

What can such locations offer freelancers? They allow independent workers to enjoy their professional freedom with the added bonus of an office environment. Co-working spaces typically offer a desk, Wi-Fi and kitchen facilities, providing freelancers with the opportunity to mingle, to share ideas and advice and to network. As one freelancer told The Guardian, a shared workspace can also make a positive impression on clients: meeting them in such an innovative working set-up builds confidence in the freelancer’s ability.

However, co-working is not for people who are easily distracted. Sharing and communicating with others face-to-face will be of little use for freelancers if they happen to settle in a crowded and noisy space, as many of the locations have become. In the final analysis, it is all about weighing up the pros and cons and deciding if shared workspaces suit your needs and allow you to maintain high professional standards.

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