Coworking spaces offer communal, flexible workspace for professionals who want to break free from the unexciting cubicle scene, or the distractions and less than motivating environment of a home office. As such, these unique workplaces are designed to accommodate a very wide spectrum of people and businesses – from independent contractors and solo entrepreneurs to NPOs to corporations; from creatives, IT developers, consultants to operations managers and CEOs. Coworking spaces see it all—but one particular group seems to be dominating the coworking game more and more each year: the freelance community.
Here are just a few of the reasons why freelancers love the coworking scene…
Clients Clients everywhere
One of the most widely agreed upon benefits of the coworking movement is networking. Not only do most coworking spaces host events (both social and professional), which are perfect for making new connections; but plenty of networking happens day to day in the communal friendly office space.
Freelancers in particular, from graphic designers to app developers love the fact that startups and established companies alike are at their fingertips when looking for new work. Startups and entrepreneurs are always looking for different areas of consulting and evaluation—and it doesn’t really get much easier or “in-house” than to use the expert sitting right next to you!
Team work makes the dream work
When you freelance out of your home office, it can sometimes get pretty lonely, and access to a coworker to brainstorm with or bounce an idea off of is just nonexistent…but not in a coworking space! Apart from networking, coworking spaces offer a close-knit community of likeminded individuals who are always willing to lend a hand.
A Change of Scenery
Sure a home office is cozy and convenient, but research suggests that people who work from home tend to be less productive than those who visit an office environment regularly or change things up to get new creative ideas flowing.
Shared workspaces are a great way to achieve that work-life balance. It gives you a more structured routine to keep you productive and motivated, but also allows you the total flexibility to work from home when you choose.
You can afford it
Coworking is also a more cost-effective option when it comes to starting your own independent operation. Freelancing professionals and startups can certainly benefit from having a physical office address, but the skyrocketing costs of commercial real estate (especially in New York) make this a tricky feat. Coworking spaces offer an affordable alternative with flexible, month to month memberships. Coworking spaces mean freelancers and independent contractors can avoid protracted expenditures while maintaining the flexibility and control over their clients and schedule.
A “Real” Office
Coworking spaces give you the physical address of a credible business, and all the perks of a traditional office environment—fast internet, a plentiful source of caffeine, flexible office space, a professional community, and even social events. Meeting with a prospective client is also much more professional when it’s not in your living room or a noisy coffee shop.
Coworking space offices are fully furnished, 24/7 accessible, and rentable by the day, week or month. From small single person offices and large offices for up to 6 people to conference and meeting rooms, open lounges, cafés, and entertainment rooms. All utilities and amenities are included in one simple monthly rate. It doesn’t get much more “real” than that!
Bridgeworks is a vibrant coworking space right by the beach on Long Island, NY, offering office space for rent, meeting rooms, networking events and much more. Bridgeworks Long Beach also features countless communal spaces, cafés, lounges and added bonuses like social bikes and ping pong. Corporate NYC commuters and digital nomads alike take advantage of the new creative hub to network, boost productivity, and of course, cut the commute time. Learn more at www.bridgeworkslongbeach.com.