Coworking isn't simply a trendy buzzword. It's a concept that's transforming the world of work to enable it to meet the ever-changing nature of today's global economy. Not surprisingly, there are a number of significant benefits that explain the growing popularity of the concept of a shared workspace.

8 Benefits of Coworking

Below we have outlined some of the most significant benefits that come with coworking. Find out how making the switch can help improve your business and your overall mental health!

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1Network with Other Small Businesses

A key element in the success of freelancers, independent contractors and others who are self-employed is the strength of their network. When you're employed by a company, it's their responsibility to find the customers or clients. All you need to do is show up and do your job.

As your own boss, though, you'll have to do it all. That includes finding your next clients and completing the work they expect of you. Coworking spaces provide fertile ground for finding like-minded people as well as those who need your skills.

In fact, that's the impetus for many shared workspace concepts: to bring together those people who have common interests and goals. Being able to socialize with them as much -- or as little -- as you want could even lead to your next big project. Shared working spaces provide insight and exposure to other kinds of work and even workflows that can help your business.

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2Avoid Temptations That Affect Productivity

While working from home does offer a certain level of comfort, the couch and television are right there, making it easy to get comfortably distracted. Being in a dedicated workspace helps avoid those costly distractions. That being said, our coworking spaces have various monitors and available TV’s streaming live news or other important programs.

Instead of other unavoidable distractions that plague remote workers, at SharedSpace, you'll find other professionals who are working diligently on their current projects.

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3More Flexibility Than Traditional Office Space

There is definitely something to be said about having a private office to go to and work. The simple act of having to stick to a routine and get up by a certain time every morning puts you in the mindset of accomplishing the things on your to-do list. 

While being able to stay in your pajamas all day is certainly a perk of working from home, that approach can backfire too. It can make it difficult for you to muster up the motivation to complete work in a timely manner, for example.

It can also be difficult to expand your business if it's based completely out of your home. If you're thinking about renting real estate for office space so that you can take advantage of the professionalism that naturally comes with it, you might be unpleasantly surprised. 

Most office spaces require that you sign a lease for a certain length of time. Once you've done that, you'll have to come up with the money to have the right infrastructure installed and ensure that your utility bills are paid in a timely manner each month.

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4Amenities Included with Membership

A crucial benefit of coworking versus traditional office space is access to business-class amenities. In addition to signing an expensive lease, opening up traditional office space leaves businesses with the responsibility of purchasing internet, furniture, office supplies, and other every-day necessities. These are critical components to a successful business but can come with a pretty steep price tag. 

With a coworking membership at SharedSpace, these amenities among several others, are provided with a private office or a hot desk. Our amenities help our members get the most out of their businesses.

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5Helps Fight Loneliness

In spite of the perception that many freelancers and independent workers are introverts, a fair number would actually classify themselves as extroverts -- or at the very least an extroverted introvert. Working from home can foster loneliness because it lacks many of those concepts that make working bearable: namely coworkers. 

A sense of camaraderie is easy to attain when you're working in a coworking environment. That's because just sharing an office -- even if you're doing so with complete strangers -- can make you feel like you belong to the larger world and are connected to others. Coworking can improve your mental well-being while helping to improve your business.

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6Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Freelancers and other independent workers are just as prone to staying ensconced within their comfort zones just as easily as those who are employees -- perhaps even more so because theirs is such a solitary venture. It doesn't have to be that way though. 

Setting up shop beside someone that you'd likely never work next to can expose you to new ideas, fresh solutions, and a honed creation process. The result? A more polished, inspired and professional finished work that never would have been possible if you stayed where you were comfortable. Joining a coworking community is an excellent way to expose yourself to fresh ideas that can boost your business.

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7Avoid Distractions at Home

If you're one of the many people who were frustrated by the nearly-constant interruptions that are commonplace in a traditional office environment, you were probably unpleasantly surprised to discover more of the same while working from home. Of course, it's not your coworkers who are distracting you at home. 

Maybe your family expects you to be on call to step in when needed since you're already at home. Perhaps your neighbors think you'd be the perfect person to sign for their packages and let in the dishwasher repair company. After all, you're home all day and it's convenient for you to pop over to do those things. 

Head to a shared office space to cowork and you'll be blessed with an environment that is free of distractions. Not only that, you'll find that the other people there understand that being distraction-free is one of the primary advantages of shared spaces. They respect the fact that you're there to work. 

This doesn't mean that you're on your own though. You'll have access to support if you need assistance. In the end, you'll be able to get more work completed -- and faster -- if you take advantage of a coworking space.

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8Positive Work / Life Balance

Theoretically, being a freelancer allows you to better balance your work and home life more easily. You won't have to punch a clock or follow someone else's idea of the best work hours. You can take time off when you need to tend to family responsibilities or even take that long-awaited weekend trip out of town. 

The reality is that remote workers and those who work from home often find themselves unable to fully separate business from home life. One of the benefits of coworking spaces is that they allow you to isolate work from your home life so you can easily make the switch between them. Using a coworking space to establish a routine can help you make time for everything that's important to you -- including work!

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Why Choose SharedSpace

SharedSpace is a regional coworking business focused on creating modern, professional, and energetic work environments to stimulate the creativity and productivity of entrepreneurial businesses and their teams! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if your business is looking for creative, flexible private office space or meetings room opportunities to reinvigorate your workforce.

Once you've experienced the innovative and unique benefits of coworking spaces, you'll wonder how you survived without them in your life for so long.

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