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FREELANCER TIPS Coworking Spaces are booming - their good and bad sides

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Coworking Spaces
Coworking spaces are here to sta,- c.rrent trends show" According to a s.r/e, cond.cted b, the 0er!in start.p 1eskwanted- coworking spaces are !,ing high- with #2%% being a/ai!ab!e wor!dwide as o Febr.ar, #%'(- an 3&4 increase or the past '# months" The idea o sharing a d,namic and creati/e o ice en/ironment with !ike-minded co!!eag.es seems to ha/e 5.ite a bit o appea!- especia!!, or ree!ancers who ee! their home o ice is no !onger a p!ace where the, can e icient!, work" Read on i ,o. wo.!d !ike to know more abo.t the reasons wh, coworking spaces are so pop.!ar among independent contractors and what their possib!e

Ad/antages
Let6s !ook at some o the positi/e sides irst" Coworking spaces o er some aspects o an o ice ,o.r home simp!, cannot pro/ide" First and most important- a coworking space enco.rages social interaction with !ike-minded indi/id.a!s who work in the same ie!d as ,o. do" A d,namic s.rro.nding o pro essiona!s disc.ssing their pro7ects- c!ients and ideas can do wonders or ,o.r b.siness" 8hether ,o. get important eedback rom those aro.nd ,o.- get in to.ch with new c!ients beca.se o them or !and a big pro7ect someone mentioned to ,o.- the bene its to ,o.r professional networking can be immense"

Ad/antages
The socia! interactions aspect is great on a personal level as we!!" +an, ree!ancers get tired o the so!it.de o their home" Coworking spaces tend to be .n and !aid-back- a!!owing ,o. to connect with other peop!e b, ha/ing !.nch- drinking a co ee together or e/en p!a,ing the occasiona! game o ping-pong" The contacts ,o. make in this en/ironment co.!d grad.a!!, grow rom co!!eag.es ,o. en7o, seeing and chatting with on a dai!, basis to ama9ing new riendships"

Ad/antages
Renting an o ice space co.!d gi/e a boost to ,o.r professional image as we!!" +eeting c!ients at a resta.rant or !.nch is ine and a!!- b.t in/iting them into ,o.r own o ice gi/es ,o. that e:tra bit o credibi!it," Last b.t not !east- coworking spaces tend to be prett, affordable- m.ch more than an act.a! o ice is"

1isad/antages
Coworking spaces aren6t per ect howe/er; the, do ha/e a co.p!e o disad/antages" First and most important!,- ,o. wi!! no !onger be the on!, person in the room- which means ,o. wi!! ha/e to take others into consideration as we!!" This means no sitting aro.nd in ,o.r pa7amas- no !o.d m.sicbasica!!, no actions that wi!! make others .ncom ortab!e or distract them" 8hi!e this co.!d moti/ate ,o. to act more pro essiona!!,- !ike we mentioned abo/e- gi/ing .p the reedom ,o. ha/e at home can be a hard thing to do"

1isad/antages
This goes the other wa, aro.nd too" It is going to get loud" <o. can6t e:pect e/er,one to be 5.iet and not make an, so.nds 7.st beca.se ,o. need to concentrate" Peace and si!ence can be di ic.!t to get in a coworking space- which co.!d be a dea! breaker i ,o. can6t proper!, oc.s in s.ch conditions"

1isad/antages
=ne o the things ree!ancers tend to mention when asked what the, /a!.e most abo.t working independent!, has to be !e:ib!e working ho.rs" 8ith coworking spaces- you wont always get to work when you want" In case ,o. !ike sta,ing .p working .nti! !ate in the e/ening or get .p e:treme!, ear!,- ,o. might ind the doors o ,o.r coworking space c!osed" >owe/er- some do gi/e o.t ke,s- which co.!d negate this disad/antage- at !east to a certain e:tent"

Coworking Spaces
Now that ,o. know what kind o ad/antages and disad/antages coworking spaces ha/e to o er- ,o. can act.a!!, decide whether this emerging trend wi!! work or ,o.- instead o 7.st going with it beca.se it 7.st seems to be so coo!" That being saidit won6t h.rt to !ook .p some o the images o coworking spaces on!ine- most rea!!, do !ook ama9ing"

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