5 Reasons Why a Coworking Space is Better than Your Local Coffee Shop
In today’s gig economy, more people than ever before have the benefit of working for themselves. As a solopreneur, you can set your own hours, be your own boss and usually conduct all your business from a laptop. The big question is—where to set up and work? Since home environments are often distracting, many freelancers head for the local coffee shop to snag a few hours of productivity. But many entrepreneurs have discovered that coworking provides a much more productive alternative. Let’s look at 5 reasons why a coworking space may be a better choice than your local coffee shop.
- You’re guaranteed a seat.
Depending on the time of day, open seats become a scarce commodity at coffee shops, often forcing you to waste valuable time hopping to several places looking for a place to sit. With a coworking membership, you’re guaranteed a seat anytime you come by. And some coworking locations offer 24-hour access, so you’re also not limited to “open hours” and you won’t be kicked out when the store closes.
- Fewer distractions.
While some people thrive on the noise and conversation of the coffee shop, many people find it distracting, especially when trying to have a meaningful conversation with a client or talking on the phone—and especially if you’re prone to eavesdropping! At a coworking space, you’ll find a different kind of energy—the other people in the space are there for the same reason you are. This dynamic makes for much fewer distractions and greater productivity.
- Coffee included.
Since coffee is the fuel of the entrepreneur, coworking spaces typically include free coffee with the membership—in unlimited quantities. Many also offer tea, soft drinks and snacks. This means not only will you not be deprived of that precious cup of joe—you won’t have to keep shelling out money on refills to justify staying in the room.
- Stay till the work is done.
Have you ever noticed how many coffee shops provide uncomfortable seating? It’s almost as if they don’t want you to stay. Even if they expect people to come with their laptops, there seems to be an unspoken pressure not to stay all day, or at least to keep buying drinks to justify your seat. (And that makes sense—they need a steady flow of paying customers to stay in business, and those customers need places to sit!) With a coworking space, that pressure is lifted. No watching the clock. No getting up every hour or two to buy more coffee or find another coffee shop. You’re there to work, and you’re free to work until you’re finished.
- Additional benefits.
Coworking spaces usually offer other advantages for solopreneurs and startups that the local coffee shop can’t provide. Many memberships include access to a printer, conference rooms for client conversations, phone booths for private calls, and even a physical address to receive mail (versus a PO box).
If you’re ready to ditch the local coffee shop and enjoy the benefits of a coworking space, we’d love to talk to you. Give us a call at 855.5.COWORK