If you’re a freelancer, consultant or small firm, you probably started out working from home. Indeed, you may still be using this approach for convenience, or to help keep costs to a minimum. The advantages of working from home are well documented: you don’t have to fight rush-hour traffic, you can get up when you want, and you have instant access to all your home appliances.

But while home working has a number of apparent perks, there are significant downsides you should be aware of, namely: you can spend too much time in one environment – leading to stress and depression, you open yourself up to countless temptations, and you appear to be continually available for family and friends. All these disadvantages combine to have a negative impact on your productivity and mental health.

So what’s the remedy? The solution is to sign-up for a coworking office space, such as at The Assembly, Manchester, which provides top-notch facilities, a plush office environment and tons of networking opportunities at a fantastically low price.

Still not convinced? Here’s a rundown on why you could consider coworking over home working:

Get more done


Free from the MANY distractions associated with home working, you will likely see an instant boost to your productivity. A professional office environment will inspire you to complete tasks quicker, helping to raise your bank balance. The multitude of individuals and companies residing in coworking spaces also means you’ll have instant access to a variety of products and services under one roof, helping you achieve more.

Meet great people


Signing up for a coworking space is a great way to meet new, interesting people. When working from home, you will likely only see family members for the most part. On the other hand, coworking gives you a wealth of talent at your fingertips, plus opportunities to hang out, attend events and improve your knowledge. You may even meet lifelong friends!

Make new contacts


A major benefit of coworking is the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and form new working relationships. This can bring an instant boost to your business fortunes as you obtain new orders, gain exposure by word of mouth, and impress others with your work. Coworking spaces invariably offer plenty of networking events to help you drum up new business, so keep an eye out for those, too.

Feel more professional


Nothing gets your brain into gear like waking up, getting ready and heading into work. But when you work from home, there is no real distinction between home and work life. You eat, sleep, work and relax in one place. The lines are blurred, and this can often impact your productivity and determination to succeed. Registering to become a member of a shared office space can instantly change your mindset for the better – and also give you more opportunities to showcase your customers a more professional image.

Gain superb facilities


As a member of a coworking office space, you’ll have easy access to first-rate facilities all under one roof. This includes reception facilities, high-speed Internet, break areas, a kitchen, and more. Coworking spaces can also provide additional perks, such as virtual office services and dedicated meeting rooms – something that home working simply cannot offer. Nothing says “I’m open for business” like a professional, non-residential address, and you’ll enhance your credibility while winning more clients.

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