For me the benefits that co-working has brought to my business have been huge. I first joined a co-working space in January 2015 after I had spent a year and half working from home.. and going slightly crazy. It might not be for everyone, but here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider co-working:
- Increased productivity: It is true to say that working in an office environment with others around you can increase your productivity. In fact a recent Global Co-working Survey by Deskmag found that members of co-working spaces were 74% more productive. Who doesn’t want to be more productive, right?
- Improve your mental health. Working at home all day every day can be lonely, especially if you live alone too. Humans are basically sociable creatures and if it is a choice between seeing people everyday or having to nip to the local Co-op to have a conversation with someone, then I know which I choose. A 2017 study showed that there was ‘an elevated risk of poor subjective health among freelance workers who are exposed to adverse psychosocial work conditions’ and this Guardian article highlights the ongoing issues as well. By working in a co-working space and having that human contact, mental health issues, feelings of loneliness and isolation can be significantly reduced – and the Co-op staff get less visits too!
- Networking without the networking: I don’t know about you but personally I hate the forced nature of networking, but in a coworking space you are doing this naturally every day without even trying.
- Professional office space: Having a professional space to invite clients for meetings can give you that professional edge over your competition.
- Avoid home disruptions and distractions: Working at home means that your home and work space may merge and its all too easy to get distracted with the house chores, TV or even the dog.
- Collaboration and support for other small businesses: It’s just human nature to want to support your fellow workers and so you find yourself supporting and promoting your colleagues business. Thats a win win for sure. And did you know Jill and I actually met and formed Phlex as a result of working in the same co-working space? …. so you never know what will happen!
- Switch off from work: By physically going to a place of work it makes it easier to switch off at the end of the day or at weekends and it means you can better separate out these two aspects of your life.
- Flexibility: Because co-working spaces will almost always offer full time desks as well as hot desks, it is easy to flex your requirements up and down with your business. The Phlex App ( in development) will make this even easier for you.
- Better for your physical health: Before deciding to move into a co-working space, most people that work at home will work from their living rooms, kitchens or even bedrooms (in their pyjamas.. Jill!). The unfortunate truth of this is that most people don’t sit in a way that is good for their posture and this is when injury can occur. In co-working spaces, you are much more likely to be sat at a desk with an appropriate chair, therefore reducing the possibility of health problems. But if you are working from home, don’t worry, you can do loads to work in the best way possible. You can check out Jill’s tips for Agile Working here.
- Increase your social network: OK I know you may have 500+ friends on Facebook but by working in a space you will soon find yourself with new friends to go for coffee.. or wine with.
- …….. OK I know I said 10 reasons but.. ….don’t forget perhaps the most important reason of all….. the office Christmas Party. Its a bit tough to have a Christmas party by yourself!
What do you think? Leave us a comment and tell us how you have benefitted from working in a co-working space.. and if you are not ready to go into a full time co-working space, then maybe come along to one of our popup co-working days. We would love to see you.