This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Ferenc Elekes.
Everyone dreams of working from home one day. People are attracted by the idea of not waking up too early, not wasting time commuting – and our favorite, working from the comfort of their own home and in their PJs. It sounds like the dream, doesn’t it?
Well, there are indeed some advantages that we cannot argue with – but at the same time, there are some perks that only coworking can give you. Sadly, most of these perks are discovered after you’ve been working at home for a long time, but if you learn of these beforehand, you will be able to make a more appropriate choice.
Some people like working alone, making money from the comfort of their home, or earning an income while overlanding. On the other hand, there are those who enjoy coworking more – and for a few good reasons. Here are the most important ones:
1. You Get More Work Done
Sure, you are supposedly working from the privacy of your own home – but what most people do not seem to realize is that that’s where most distractions are. Kids, pets, household chores that you can now see at all times – all off these can prevent you from being productive.
Plus, since at home you are working close to your bed and fridge, you’ll always be distracted by the prospect of a nap or a snack. This changes when you are coworking, as you’ll be surrounded by a productive atmosphere, with people that are engaging in their work.
2. You Can Interact With Others
Every person claiming to be antisocial will realize, upon working from home, that they really aren’t. Sure, working from the privacy of your home is a great change of pace – but you are still human. You need people to socially interact with, and the good part about coworking is that you’ll have quite a lot of people to talk to.
No matter if you’re engaging in some small talk at the water cooler or you’re exchanging ideas with someone, you will still get your daily dose of social interaction. This is also convenient if you live far away from your friends, and you are not in the physical mood to get dressed and get out.
3. You Have The Perfect Work Environment
When you work at an office with other people, chances are the company will provide anything that you need: a comfy and supportive chair, a proper desk, and so on. You will have everything necessary to make your work environment more bearable.
However, things change when you work from home. You’ll have to invest in your own chair, desk, and other work necessities that you usually have in a coworking environment. Unless you turn a room into an actual home office (if you have this possibility), you will have to work from your bed/couch or regular chairs, with uncomfortable back pain.
4. You Have a Better Work-Life Balance
When you work from home, chances are that you won’t be able to successfully separate your work life from your home life. Sure, you’ll be off the work clock – but you’ll still be tempted to sneak a peek at your tasks. Your head won’t be completely out of the game because, after all, you still haven’t left “work.”
On the other hand, with coworking, you should be able to keep these matters of your life separate. When you exit the office, your brain will process it as a “That’s all, folks” for the day, and you will no longer be tempted to mix your work life with your personal life.
Working from home has its perks – but there are certainly some advantages to coworking as well. You just need to realize for yourself which style suits you better.