Are you an entrepreneur who’s doing all the work for yourself? Do you ever struggle to stay motivated? Do you ever feel isolated? If so, it sounds like you could really benefit from working in a shared office space. You may think that saying it will ‘turn your life around’ is a bit of an over-exaggeration made for clickbait purposes, but it is genuinely true. Working in a shared space can do a lot to impact your day-to-day happiness levels and is also a wise choice for anyone who’s conscious of their mental health. There’s a reason that coworking spaces are becoming more popular with small businesses.
It Will Motivate You
Do you ever find that you come downstairs in the morning and just can’t get started with your work? It’s not that you don’t know what to do, it’s that you can’t motivate yourself. You’re sitting at home, you’re comfortable, and work is the last thing you want to do.
While your work environment is very important, being around other people will also motivate you. You’ll form bonds with the other people in the workspace and you’ll share what you’re doing with them. Knowing that there are people who actually have some idea of how you’re getting on will motivate you to work harder.
Working in a shared space will mean that you get to meet other entrepreneurs and small business owners like yourself. This will be good for a number of reasons:
- Collaboration: You never know what you might achieve when working together with others. Maybe you offer one service and someone else offers another service, which together would make quite a package
- Exposure: The people working in the same space might actually be interested in buying your product or hiring your service. You could find yourself with a long-term client! It’s the difference between being at home and out in the world
- Friendship: Not an asset to your business, but an asset to your life. Working in a shared office could give you the chance to meet people with whom you might form the very closest of friendships
Benefits To Your Mental Health
If you’re having a really difficult work day (e.g. a client being unreasonable), then it could leave you stressed all day if you’re just working from home. It’s much easier to forget about your troubles at the end of the work day if your place of work and your place of leisure are not one and the same. Keeping your home and work environments entirely distinct will help you to get into a healthy, de-stressing mind frame at the end of each day. It’s all about that work-life balance.
On top of that, if you live by yourself and work from home, you may start to feel very isolated from the rest of the world. Human interaction is an important thing and using a coworking space will mean you have plenty of people to interact with, even if you don’t have much of a social life. A few friendly interactions with other professionals could mean a world of difference.
Broaden The Mind
Meeting new people gives you the chance to encounter new ideas, and it’s certainly fostered a spirit of collaboration between digital businesses. I have seen agencies and powerful business connections formed over a cup of coffee in an open workspace. Whether it’s how to start an online shop, managing social media accounts, finding free graphic design tools, finding freelancers, creating a forum for your business, making a logo or whatever else, there will always be new avenues to explore – and the best way to do that is by interacting with others. Entrepreneurs need to stick together.
So a coworking environment could be really beneficial to you both as a person and as a business owner. The list of benefits to your personal and professional life goes on and on. As it can be relatively cheap to find an arrangement like this, you should definitely start thinking about doing so. What do you like about working alongside others?