CoWorking Space for Remote Workers | Do you need a community?

CoWorking Space for Remote Workers | Do you need a community?

If you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer or small business, chances are you do a lot of work from home–and we congratulate you, because for a lot of people that’s living the dream.

But are you thriving that way?

Over the years we heard from multiple-dozens of people (who are remote workers, freelancers or business owners working from home), that working from home truly works for a very small percentage of people. Most experience problems with isolation or distractions.

Here at Office Divvy we describe Coworking as: “Working independently, alongside others in a communal-space.”

Joining a Coworking community, like Office Divvy’s, can do magic for remote workers. It’s great to work from home–you like that, we like that–but mix it up. Get out of the house and dip into a communal setting by doing work side-by-side with others. Get out of the house for classes and meetups effortlessly–because you belong to a community with those resources.

This can do wonders for your life and your business. Let us tell you why socializing and working in cowork spaces can work for all areas of your life:

Stop Being So Lonely

Are you feeling a little…blah? Do you identify as the lone wolf, working in a lonely world? This is typically the life for a virtual worker.

We all need human contact. We all need a little bit of change to our environment. Cabin fever–irritability or restlessness from being in an isolated space for too long–is the result of too much peace and quiet.

Irritability isn’t something you want to pass onto your clients; you want them coming away feeling you are a positive person making waves in the world.

Sometimes working outside of the home or even sitting next to others silently is enough to pull you out of the day-to-day isolation. Simple interaction creates a hormone in your body called oxytocin, which helps you to feel relaxed and warm-and-fuzzy.

Find Your Kind, Belong in a Community

We all need to feel like we belong. Sometimes when you work from home that sense of belonging evaporates. Building relationships with fellow entrepreneurs, freelancers, or small business owners through Coworking creates a sense of belonging that can’t be found anywhere else.

When you connect with other like-minded people you learn about them and they learn about you. That’s how you foster a community that is helping each other thrive and move forward with their business, instead of being in competition with everyone else.

Become a Legitimate Business

We know you’re a legitimate business already–yes, even if you’re sitting in your PJs as you answer calls. But does it feel that way to you? Do you feel like you are constantly trying to prove that you are the successful business you are?

It turns out a lot of small businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers don’t feel as if they are a legitimate business yet. Despite making money and doing the work, they put their worth below another in the same situation who is working out of an office.

Working in a coworking environment and meeting others can solve this issue immediately. When you have a professional space to work at, there is a sense of mental satisfaction. It’s as if you are a part of the workplace.

And if you feel legitimate even in your PJs (good for you! We love it and agree!), your clients may feel otherwise. Coworking spaces establish a sense of professionalism and credibility you can’t find when you work out of your home.

Network With the Best

Are you having trouble meeting other businesses? It can be difficult to network with others when it’s so easy to get caught up in work via emails or social media, every time you sign in. But when you’re sat face-to-face with someone, a whole new level of connection happens. You don’t just learn about who they are, and what they do.

Face-to-face interaction helps develop long-term business relationships that are more memorable than a quick interaction on Linkedin.

Forbes talks more about this here in their article; Why Face-to-Face Meetings are so Important 

That’s the great thing about coworking spaces and meetups. You never know who is going to be there and who you might meet. Opportunities and connections for your business can happen everyday, and propel you forward in a way that working from your home just can’t.

Meeting others and getting out of the house is vital for home businesses. It is for this reason we host  breakfast sessions for gig-economy folks, freelancers, and home-based workers to meet and share ideas. 

We support all our members at Office Divvy and have plenty of opportunities available to get you working outside of your home office.

Samantha Carter

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