Co-working: 5 reasons to do it
Are you tired of working from home? Sick of setting up in coffee shops? Maybe you’re over the rigidity of long-term office leases? Time to consider co-working.
This change could be the inspiration you need to improve your quality of life and increase business productivity. Franky Law from Accrue Workplaces suggest five reasons co-working could be for you.
1. Networking and collaborating
Co-working gives you access to immediate networking opportunities, both professionally and personally. When you are co-working you will become part of a diverse community of professionals, from a variety of business sectors and walks of life. These communities are both encouraging and resourceful as members can trade services and support each other whenever possible.
2. Avoiding loneliness
Working from home can be restricting, lonely and quite frankly, boring. It is very easy for freelancers, consultants and entrepreneurs to suffer from loneliness, especially given the fact that it has become more and more common for people to work up to 12 hours days. By choosing to work in a co-working space, you will benefit from the interactions with the other members, social events and business events too.
3. Increased productivity
Sometimes, just getting up in the morning and dressing for work is enough to get you in “work mode” and facilitate a productive day. Many people who do not work in an office can get complacent, allowing distractions to reduce their productivity. By being part of a working community, you assign a certain amount of accountability, giving you incentive to dress right, arrive early and work hard. This can only benefit your business.
The traditional working environment stipulates a set structure, with regards to the day’s tasks and hours whereas co-working encourages flexibility. A flexible environment with various seating options, meeting rooms and facilities, plus 24/7 access. In addition, there are no long term leases, with simple monthly rolling contracts.
5. Education opportunity and events
Co-working businesses actively encourage networking through a variety of community events. Business growth and quality of life are key to a successful community! This can increase marketing and revenue opportunities, as well as broadening your horizons through access to enriching material. You will have fast and easy access (mostly free) to interesting events and education opportunities ranging from lectures about entrepreneurship and startups, to yoga sessions and happy hours!
6. Hot-desking in Warwickshire
venturehousestratford – hot desking and flexible co-working at the Stratford-upon-Avon Business Centre.
thewheelhouses.com – Coventry – centrally located modern workspace options for a shared office with dedicated desks and hot desks.
ubcuk – Birmingham Business Park (Solihull) and Henley-in-Arden – collaborative coworking, hot-desks and shared office workspace.
7. Co-working spaces in Birmingham:
alphaworksb1, Suffolk St, Queensway – flexible hot-desks, co-working and private studios set across three floors of contemporary style office space with unrivalled views of the city.
oldprintworks – The Transfer Co-working Space, Balsall Heath – affordable co-working in a heritage building in South Birmingham near boho Moseley. Try a free day or book a week for just £5.
birmingham – Impact Hub, Digbeth – more than just an office space – a sustainable business model aligned to its mission to help build a fairer, more equal city offering superfast WiFi, on-site cafe and hot-desks. Book a day pass to check it out for £15.