The number of freelancers has been increasing in recent years, as more and more people are ditching traditional jobs for the flexibility and freedom to choose when they want to work, how often they work, and what projects they work on. However, having this freedom does require finding someplace to work where a freelancer will be productive and be able to complete projects on time.
Even though most freelancers start out working from a dedicated work space within their homes, eventually, many discover they are lacking resources, have too many distractions, or start to feel disconnected from other people. As a result, freelancers are realizing the benefits of moving out of their home office and into co-working spaces and shared offices.These spaces provide the benefits and advantages of traditional office environments, while costing significantly less and including many benefits not normally obtainable in a home-office environment.
Fewer Distractions – Home office environments are full of potential distractions, like your spouse, children, neighbors, and pets. As well, many people are distracted by thoughts of what needs to be done around the home, what they should make for dinner, and so on.In a shared office environment, the majority of distractions are eliminated, allowing you to be more productive.
Increased Security – Most shared office spaces provide a level of privacy and security that’s not typically achievable in home office spaces. From private office rentals to building security, and more, you and your clients do not have to worry about security issues.
Opportunities to Network – Leaving the house and your home office environment for a shared workspace opens up the possibilities of networking with other freelancers and professionals. Plus, you might learn about potential project opportunities or be asked to collaborate with others, allowing you to further grow and expand your freelancing business.
Access to Technology–Shared office environments typically feature access to audio conferencing, high speed Internet, office equipment, and other such technologies. Technology features are either included as part of your rental agreement or offered as optional services, normally at a discounted price.
Access to Support Services – Many co-working office spaces have support service staff on hand to take care of specific functions, freeing you up to concentrate on your projects. These might include receptionists to greet and direct your guests, a mail room to receive mail and packages, and janitorial and cleaning services. Again, these are likely included as part of your rental agreement.
Hidden Amenities–Shared office environments are great places to socialize and meet new friends, as well as potential business clients and business partners. In addition, they often feature meeting rooms, kitchens, member’s lounges, and host special networking and socialization events throughout the year.
As you can see there are several benefits you gain by moving your freelancing projects out of your home and into a shared office environment. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about long-term commitments. If you are not entirely sure whether a co-working environment is best for your needs, there are options to occupy space you require by the day, or week, too.
To learn more about shared office space rentals in Downtown Toronto, in prime business locations, please contact iQ Office Suites now by phoning 416.238.1111 and schedule a free tour of one of our buildings.