As a freelancer or contractor you have the freedom to work exactly where you want. Your office is where you lay your laptop, so effectively any destination can be your professional workspace for the day.
But how do you know which location is the right one for you? Sometimes a little trial and error is in order, but in this blog we set out the pros and cons for each option to help you make the right decision the first time.
There are so many positives to working from home. From a 30 second commute and unlimited tea and coffee, to having total control over what music you play, what the temperature is and the lighting. You have total control over your home office environment and don’t have to consult with anyone else.
But whilst working from home can allow you to create the perfect working conditions, it does come with its own negatives. As your home is used for things other than just working, these can have a tendency to creep into your working day. If there’s a pile of washing that needs doing, tonight’s dinner to prepare, or even small children to look after, your professional working time can quickly disappear.
It can also be quite a lonely form of working, as other than the occasional email between you and your client you are usually totally alone. Some thrive in this type of environment, but if this isn’t for you then it’s certainly a point to consider. For top tips on how to create the perfect home office, take a look at our blog.
Fresh tea, coffee and cake on tap, a spot of people watching and getting out of the house can be the perfect mixture for some. With a dynamic atmosphere that’s constantly changing, remote working from a cafe could provide you with the perfect environment. But before you grab your keys and laptop and head off to your favourite coffee bean, it’s worth remembering there are some negatives.
You have no control over your environment whatsoever! Noisy customers, bad music, dodgy wifi and lack of privacy can eventually get on top of you, unless you find it easy to block these things out. The ever increasing cafe bill can also mean you’re eating into your profit before you’ve even been paid.
If you’re out and about in London and looking for some inspiration, here are the best independent cafes to work from in the city.
A coworking space
If you’re based in a city and have a healthy network of contractor colleagues, you’re bound to have heard about (or already been to) coworking spaces. The greatest advantage of a coworking space is that everyone is there for the same reason, to get their work done. You’re surrounded by a wealth of creative and contemporary professionals, who you can bounce ideas off as and when you need to. The space is also geared up to offer all the wants of a permanent office, but without the staff and politics.
The drawback is they tend to be more on the expensive side, more than what you’d probably spend in a cafe, and certainly more than if you worked from home. Again, it’s all about finding that balance that works for you and which type of environment helps you get your work done.
They also tend to only be found in cities, so if you’re out in the sticks you may struggle to find one. You can find where the closest one to you is here.
Why stick with one when you can have all three!
If you’re just starting out and not sure which environment is best, or maybe you’ve been contracting for a while and want to shake things up, take a week to try each. You may fall in love with one, or find things from each that you can adopt into your chosen environment.
What makes your workspace the ultimate contracting haven? Do you have any nifty tips that help you get your work done, so you’re free to enjoy your spare time? Share them with us! We’d love to hear how you’ve created the perfect contracting environment.
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