The most common type of freelancing work is skilled services, which includes professional services like programming, marketing, and consulting. These skilled professionals can benefit from access to traditional office amenities, like a dedicated workspace, but are limited by budget constraints. Shared workspaces offer much lower rates than individually renting a small office space. For freelancers, the ability to work in a shared office-space has unique benefits:
- Preventing loneliness and monotony from working at home
- Providing a corporate mailing address to project professionalism and protect privacy
- Boost efficiency by having a dedicated workspace free of distractions
Freelancers often work non-traditional hours and benefit from shared workspaces that offer 24/7 access.
Big Companies Have Warmed Up to Remote Workers and Teams
Corporate giants made headlines over the last few months announcing long term commitments to remote work. Google plans to have its 200,000 employees work remotely through at least summer 2021. Twitter has told their staff they may work from home permanently. Mark Zuckerberg expects half of Facebook’s workforce to be remote within the decade.
Slack’s Future Forum research of 4,700 knowledge workers found that only 12% want to return to full-time work in a brick-and-mortar office. The majority (72%) want to transition to a hybrid model, working some days in the office and some days remotely. The remaining workers would prefer to work full-time remote.
As corporate giants offer remote flexibility, smaller firms will need to allow remote work to compete for the same high-skilled workers. Top workers can now move outside of expensive hub cities to take advantage of the lower costs and standard of living in suburbs and small cities. Shared workspaces allow these employees to enjoy the productivity and amenities of an office while working for a company hundreds of miles away.
Working from home for much of 2019 has helped dispel many of the misconceptions workers previously held about remote work. While some workers have enjoyed working from home, others have found it wasn’t the relaxing-in-pajamas-all-day scenario they had fanaticized about. Many remote workers ran into problems such as the lack of a home office, interruptions by children and pets, an unwelcome blurring between home and work, or difficulty sharing a workspace with a spouse or roommate.