If you are a freelancer then one of the best perks of your job is to be able to work from practically anywhere. However, you might not be taking advantage of that perk right now if you are still working from home. Although it may be true that your home office (or couch) is extremely comfortable, working somewhere new may actually spark new ideas in your head that can promote creativity, improve your overall business, and give you more chances to network and socialize. Think about it for a second.
Imagine a modern shared office with a collaborative cafe culture, and you have a co-working space. Over the past few years, co-working facilities have been launching around the world at an increasing rate. These managed community spaces are geared toward developers, writers and independents who want to socialize and find networking benefits. Sometimes co-working spaces are available free of charge, but many have modest usage fees by the day, weekend or month.
As cliche as this sounds, a coffee shop would be a great place to go for work, especially if caffeine energizes you. Of course, you will need to find a coffee shop that isn’t too busy, so you can find a table with ease, but this traditional work space is also a favorite of many freelancers due to the many other perks that come with it. Not only do coffee shops smell great, for one, but you will also only have to pay for one drink to work there (and possibly Wi-Fi access, if you need the Internet). Plus, you will probably bump into a lot of other workaholics here, so you can have a friendly chat in-between working hours, if you want.
Of course, the public library is also a great place to work, especially if you have deadlines and need to focus like no other. The only downside with this location is that you won’t be able to shout at your computer screen when things get intense. So, if you are generally a calm person like me, then you can just head to a library near you. The library scene is always serene, so you are sure to find the peace and quiet that you need to get your work done.
Maybe your city or town doesn’t offer Wi-Fi in public spaces. Take a walk through the park anyways! You can always work on offline tasks, or contemplate your business strategy or latest article topic.
Writers are a special breed when it comes to workplaces. They need inspiration, they need a muse and they need the world to shut the hell up every so often.
New York’s Paragraph gets this and gives writers a place where they can find both creative inspiration and tranquillity away from a city that just never stops moving. After completing an application, members can sign on for a $132-a-month semi-annual fee, a $152-a-month quarterly membership or a $172 month-to-month membership. If that’s a bit too rich, part-time memberships go for $90 a month for a semi-annual membership or $110 quarterly.