Working from home in the UK is a great way to live. You avoid the stress of the everyday commute, and you have control of your own time. In turn, this saves you so much money since you just have to stay at home, even for work. But even this has a disadvantage.
Have you ever felt bored just being at home?
Sure, you may be doing great work – something that you may even enjoy doing so much – but as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt. You’re at home nearly 100 percent of your time; how does that make you feel? If you’re thinking “bored” or “tired of seeing the same thing every day”, that’s how others who work from home feel as well. Some would even say it’s enough to drive them insane!
Does this mean you need an office?
Office space is expensive. And hey, isn’t the drab, corporate design of traditional offices one of the reasons you decided to work from home instead? Also, if you’re in an office, the principle of familiarity breeding contempt will also apply. You’re in the same place for eight hours a day, five days a week. Eventually, you’ll be left feeling bored and tired of seeing the same old stuff day in and day out. Therefore, a typical office is a no-go. There must be another way.
The solution is the Coworking Space.
It’s like an office, but not in a traditional sense. Most of them don’t even look like offices at all. They look more like coffee shops, but with bigger tables, more chairs, and fancier designs. And the main purpose is, as the name suggests, to provide a place for people to work. Those who use the coworking space are from different companies, having different backgrounds and skill sets.
Many coworking spaces also do serve coffee, tea, and even food. You can actually spend your entire workday in them. And that’s exactly what people who work in these spaces do.
Of course, you’ll have to pay for the service. Space isn’t cheap. But then, if it gives you a better environment (than just your home) that will make you more productive, then I suppose it’s worth it.
Rates vary widely per coworking space, as do the add-on services like food and beverage.
There are those that charge monthly, like Launch22 (£60 a month) and Basecamp (£100 a month), both based in Liverpool. But if you’re a big fan of variety, you may want to be in different spaces every day. Thankfully, there also are coworking spaces that charge per day only, such as Industry in Chester or Co-Up in Huddersfield (both charge £12 per day).
With these and many more coworking spaces available in the UK, there’s one for every budget. So if you’re dying to get out of the house more often, but also want to get your work done, you know exactly where to go.
Of course, check out this list of the Top 50 Coworking Spaces in the UK to find the best one for you.
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