Why spend your money on a coworking space, when you can work from home for free? The ability to work from home may sound great, but brought into practice it can be tough for many. In fact, at Vortex Coworking we have several members who worked from their homes and one day, out of curiosity, came in to give it a try to a coworking space… and stayed. Actually, some find their perfect balance by combining work from home with a coworking space.
In this Blog we will talk about the advantages of working in a coworking space versus doing it from home:
1. Routine when working from home
Perhaps one of the worst drawbacks of working from home is the difficulty of creating a routine or schedule; some days the tasks and distractions of the house consume your time. Other days you may end up working too many continuous hours without taking any breaks or talking to anyone. Working from a coworking space helps you to create a working routine and be consistent with the hours you invest at the business.
When you work from home, keeping separate personal life from work becomes very difficult, both for you and for those who live with you, especially if you have little ones at home. A good alternative to avoid all those distractions is to move to a nearby coworking space and focus on work when you have to, and go back home and focus on your personal life. To sides of life, two spaces.
A coworking space brings all services you may need to work: high speed Internet, correct lighting, silence and quietness when you need it, coffee and company for those breaks during the day, meeting rooms, workshops to continue self-education, etc. But offers all services, if something breaks down (internet for example) it won’t be you who has to fix it and fight with the internet operator; in a coworking space, the staff will do it for you.
In any business, a good professional image is very important. Receiving your customers, partners or colleagues at home, if comfortable, may not be the most professional surroundings, nor the best option to maintain your privacy and that of your family. To receive your customers, partners or suppliers in a coworking space, spaces that normally have a nice design and prime location – our location, for example, is strategically located between the TechHub, the beach and the Cabanyal neighbourhood -will give you a very professional and trustworthy image.
Tired of being isolated at home during most of your day without interacting with other professionals? Coworking spaces are ideal if you are looking to combine your business day with a professional and a social environment, where you meet similar people and at the same time different from you. This will allow you to take a break or ask for business advice to any of your colleagues at the space. And this sense of community that coworking brings is, in our view, one of the best added values that the concept brings to the members. Actually, one of Vortex Coworking Valencia mottoes is “We believe in making friends, no contacts”.
A coworking space is not only about surrounding yourself with company. It goes beyond in a natural and organic way: professional opportunities and synergies arise when working at a coworking space, not only with the community members but with their professional and personal network as well. If, for example, you are an architect, you have direct access to potential customers in the space, but also to their network of friends and professionals. Or a lawyer, or a consultant, or a secretary. And, returning to our motto “We believe in making friends, no contacts”, we believe that this is, along with the “community” advantage, one of the greatest added values that coworking brings to their members.
There are good and bad days. And the not so good are better off with a solid routine that pushes you to get up, shower, get ready and go to work; and if in a nice, positive, cheerful, inspiring environment, surrounded by like-minded people who empathizes with you.. even better. Our members have confirmed that since they work in Vortex coworking Valencia their motivation is much higher. Would you like to try it?
Working from home isolates you from the training opportunities in your city. However, by working in a coworking you are surrounded by active professionals and not only will you have access to the training that takes place at the coworking itself, but also to a source of information of what happens in the city, references of the speakers, periodic events, etc.
Where you work is important for several reasons: 1) Image 2) Visibility 3) Distance to your customers, suppliers and/or partners 4) Amenities in the neighborhood. Coworking spaces are usually located in premium and/or trendy areas to facilitate all these. If you are in Valencia and want to work near the Marina of Valencia, the sea and the beach, it is not the same to say that you work in Calle de la Reina (The Queen St) that in Calle de la Fuente Podrida (The Rotten Font St), for example, even if only two streets apart. Rental prices also change, obviously, but in a coworking this is a plus that you share with more professionals and therefore more affordable than on a private office.
10. Cost or Investment?
Working from home also has costs, which in a coworking you share: high speed wifi, in summer air conditioning or in winter heating, meeting rooms (if you have to go out and rent one, etc). But no, “sharing expenses” is not an advantage, a coworking space has a higher cost (monthly rate) than working from home, but also bring high value benefits that improve efficiency, motivation, career opportunities, excitement and a better attitude. Were you also one of those who wanted to continue working from home because paying a monthly fee in a coworking space seemed to be a cost, not an investment? We are sure that after reading this blog we have managed to change your mind, so now you only need one last step to find the coworking that best suits you and give it a try!
Do you live in Valencia and after reading the blog would you like to try a day of coworking in our space, Vortex coworking and check whether these 10 advantages work for you? Write us at Vortex coworking Valencia, we are waiting for you!