Increasingly, many remote workers, freelancers, and independent contractors are turning to coworking hubs to meet their professionals needs. And because studies show that coworkers see their work as more meaningful, coworking hubs can help deem a positive return on a worker's productivity. Here are some reasons why:
BETTER FLOW OF CREATIVITY
Today more than ever, creative personalities are demanding for a new and better working model, a place where they feel comfortable and can better collaborate with like-minded professionals. That’s the idea behind most coworking spaces, and the philosophy that drives their success. Coworking spaces tend to offer a strong culture of innovation, they offer an environment where people can share their ideas freely and without prejudice.
And aside from being socially flexible, coworking hubs are physically comfortable too. Ergonomic furniture, visually pleasing decor, and leisurely amenities such as foosball tables go a long way in increasing a person’s happiness. The best ideas of any given person come to life when she or he is not constrained by the discomforts of today’s modern society: these may include an exhausting commute, a rigorous dress code, and/or a lackluster cubicle. Discomforts, whether social or physical, are widespread in the traditional corporate model, and coworking spaces offer a more flexible alternative.
Not convinced? Think of the most creative personalities in the world, whether it be Steve Jobs, or Nikola Tesla: did these guys really come up with their best ideas while sitting in a cube on a 40 hour-a-week work schedule? Truth is, they probably worked more than 40 hours a week, but at their own pace, and in a space that fostered comfort and creativity.
FOCUSING IS EASY AND THE SPACE IS IDEAL
Let’s face it, though working from home offers many benefits, there are also many distractions: loud roommates, buzzing appliances, barking dogs, just to mention a few. There are also those not so productive temptations when working from home, whether it be a gaming console or that hedonistic midday siesta that your spouse so strongly disapproves of.
What about working from a coffee shop? Coffee shops are great places to work from, however they too have some drawbacks: aside from not being the best places to woo client-prospects, anyone who has worked from a coffee shop for prolonged hours knows how loud they can get. And also, how awkward is it to be sitting there every day, hours on end? After a few weeks the baristas will start to tone down on their friendliness as they realize that your new office camp is perhaps not so ideal for their business...unimpress them even more by decking out a portable printer from a duffle gym bag.
Coworking spaces on the other hand, offer private offices and private meeting rooms: definitely a more professional setting to meet clients. They offer communal spaces where people can collaborate, but also private spaces where people can get the peace and quiet they need to remain focused. Many coworkers mix it up and chose to move from the communal to private spaces during any given work day.
NETWORKING AND COLLABORATING
In a coworking space, independent freelancers can trade their services and skills, thus creating synergies that foster increased productivity. In coworking, remote workers can network with people that can help them steer their business into new directions, and digital nomads can make new friends in a city that they might not be too familiar with.
When one mixes people from different professional backgrounds, cultures, ages, and different skillsets, only good things happen, for example: the elder might acquire new technological skills from the younger, and the younger may leverage business expertise from the elder; a techie might help a financial advisor fix a bug on his laptop in exchange for some investment advice; and a web developer might leverage some new clients all while a copywriter partners with a that same web developer. And so is life in the coworking ecosystem.
And trust us when we say that collaborating with others can surely boost productivity - because fixing a bug on a computer without a lot of technical expertise can certainly take up some time.
BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 40% of workers will be independent freelancers, remote workers, contractors, and independent entrepreneurs by 2020. With the rise of this new trend, the future looks bright for coworking spaces, but how can these spaces help help workers achieve a better work-life balance?
While working remotely, and developing a freelance business, a person should not have to worry about balancing his or her personal life with work.
Sure, while working in pajamas, curled up in bed from home can certainly be comofortable, unfortunately this flexible arrangement can sometimes blur the lines between work and personal life as the distractions may be too inviting.
Coworking spaces on the other hand will make you get up, get dressed, and get out of the house. They will also offer a designated workspace that allows you to put your work aside when you go home to your loved ones. Coworking spaces draw the line between life and work and this can have a massive impact on productivity.
FLEXIBLE HOURS MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE
Not a morning person? Not a problem. The rise of the shared economy, of new technologies, and the rapid growth of freelance workers has allowed for more flexibility in the hours that workers are able to complete their tasks. Whether you're a morning lark or a night owl, a stay-home-dad, part-time student, or whatever your work-life situation might be, coworking spaces tend to offer more flexible hours of operation so they can more easily accommodate non traditional schedules, hence leading to increased productivity.
Coworking hubs are making a strong statement on the way modern employees should be able to work, they emerged in response to a changing culture that demands a better quality of life. Coworkers and coworking spaces are here to stay as the labor force decentralizes from traditional work models.
Based in Orange County, The Crash Labs provides professional coworking space for freelancers, remote teleworkers, and independent entrepreneurs without the contractual commitment and expense of leasing and furnishing an office. For more information, visit www.thecrashlabs.com.