13 Ways Coworking Will Change Your Career for the Better

If you freelance or own a small business, you know working from home can have its drawbacks. You might feel less connected, and struggle to form industry allies or expand your client base. Local coffee shops aren’t always ideal either – they can be crowded and noisy.

There are many benefits to having a coworking location. Here are a few ways it can have a positive impact on your career.

  1. You’ll get twice as much work done. Let’s face it, being at home can be distracting.
  1. Finally get help with that side project you’ve been trying to launch but didn’t have the full resources to go forward. You’ll work side-by-side with a bunch of writers, designers, web developers, and other creative people who can help you make it happen.
  1. Avoid elderly shut-in syndrome. Seriously, just getting out of the house and talking with real people can make a big difference.
  1. Keep work from bleeding into every corner of your personal life. It’s easier to create a healthy work/life balance when you “leave it at the office” – and that doesn’t refer to the spare bedroom or your downstairs couch.
  1. It solves annoying business problems, like figuring out where to take a client for a meeting because, let’s face it, you can’t bring them into your home and expect them to take you seriously.
  1. You’ll build and expand your professional network. Even when you’re too busy to make it to that meetup or networking event that you didn’t really want to go to anyway.
  1. It will start to feel like you have a real job instead of just spending your day lounging around in different rooms of the house.
  1. Have you looked at your tax bill yet? Your coworking membership is one more thing to decrease your taxable income.
  1. Creative energy is contagious, and being around other people working on awesome projects makes you more excited about your awesome projects.
  1. If you’re a parent with kids at home, it will be quite delightful to work in an adults-only space. No crying or tantrums or impromptu board games.
  1. You’ll have people to bounce ideas off in real time. Need advice on a client issue? Ask your desk neighbor.
  1. You can still work at home when you feel like it, even for a couple days a week. A coworking membership doesn’t cost much, so you don’t have to feel bad about not going every day.
  1. You’ll have real-life co-workers again, but even better, NO boss. And no weird corporate rules about what you can put on your desk. It’s the best of both worlds!
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