If you currently work from home, or if you are going to be working from home in the near future, then you might want to start thinking about your workspace and location. In other words, as a freelancer or remote employee, is working out of your house the best option? Will you be the most productive? How effective will you be when working from home?
For many people, working from home is exactly what they thought they had always been looking for: they get the chance to wake up whenever they want, work in the comfort of their own home, save time (and money) on their commute, and work in the attire that they choose. But of course, there are many downsides to working at home as well, and these are often overlooked at first. You might not have a quiet space that’s free from distractions, for starters. That may be due to having a small living space with no dedicated office; sharing a space with other occupants such as a roommate, spouse or dependents; pets that bark or crave your attention; unexpected interruptions from delivery services, landscapers or solicitors; or temptations such as watching TV, playing video games, or indulging in too many snacks. So, the question remains, is working from home really the best option for everyone? What are some affordable alternatives to working from home and why might they be a better option for productivity?
Coworking is a style of work typically centered around a shared or common workspace, often an open loft or office-style environment. The difference with coworking and traditional office environments, however, is that people who cowork do not all work for the same organization. Coworking includes a wide variety of people such as remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, who may be involved in different disciplines. The independent workers share common space with access to various amenities and may come and go generally as they please. The result is deeply discounted access to office space without being a full-time employee.
These days, especially in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, coworking is taking the reigns as the top solution for remote workers, freelancers, and founders alike. Not only does working from home have some of the aforementioned drawbacks, it is inherently anti-social, making networking difficult and sometimes blurring the line between work and life.
While coworking spaces have been a great solution for many freelancers and remote workers, there are still a few hiccups that many coworking spaces have to contend with. Thankfully, KettleSpace is changing the paradigm when it comes to innovative coworking spaces in New York City. KettleSpace takes advantage of restaurants in New York that are idle during the day since they only serve dinner, and converts them into cool coworking spaces throughout the city. The spaces have a variety of seating options, meeting areas, ample power outlets for keeping your devices charged, fast wifi, free coffee/tea and snacks, and much more. Most locations in the KettleSpace network also have discounted lunch specials and when the restaurants convert back to dining establishments in the evening, members are invited to stay for happy hour and dinner specials. They also added some other benefits similar to other coworking options in New York City, such as networking events, panels and presentations with founders and investors, and more. Perhaps the best part of KettleSpace may be the price. Memberships start at $25 month-to-month, so no worrying about commitments, if you are in between jobs or just trying out freelancing.
Most would agree that the secret to coworking is being able to concentrate and focus, and that is really what KettleSpace has done with their innovative coworking spaces. With KettleSpace, remote workers truly get the best of both worlds. They get the ease and convenience of working in a traditional coworking space, along with the low cost, perks and lifestyle from working in a restaurant. And of course, when you work in a KettleSpace location, you don’t have to deal with your internet going out, your cat jumping on your computer, or that loud construction going on in front of your building. KettleSpace is truly the answer for remote workers and freelancers, and definitely superior to working from home. Your dog might miss you, but you’ve got a better chance at landing more business and building your brand if you join a coworking space.