Freelancer? Getting an Office Could Be Easier Than You Think
ThereΓÇÖs a lot to love about freelancing: being your own boss, having the freedom to choose your own projects, and being able to organise your work day the way you want. But if youΓÇÖre missing the structured routine ΓÇô or even just the social side ΓÇô of the office, then weΓÇÖve got good news ΓÇô getting an office could be easier than you think.
There are options out there┬áto address a whole variety of freelancer issues, so you donΓÇÖt have to work alone and you donΓÇÖt have to make a long-term commitment. We take a look at some of the most popular options.
1. YouΓÇÖre going stir-crazy working alone
SOLUTION: Try co-working space
This is surprisingly common, even among freelancers who were relishing the opportunity to work without any distractions. Co-working space allows you to work alongside others ΓÇô many of whom will be freelancers and small business owners. You get the background buzz of the office, the chance to have a chat at the water cooler and ΓÇô very probably ΓÇô someone to bounce your business ideas off, without having to relinquish your freelancer independence.
2. Things are going great, but you canΓÇÖt risk a long-term commitment
SOLUTION: Try serviced office space
So youΓÇÖve taken on a few new clients and you really feel that having a professional office will help to take your business on to the next level. The only problem is, you canΓÇÖt guarantee that the work will continue to flow in, in say twelve monthsΓÇÖ or two yearsΓÇÖ time. ThatΓÇÖs the nature of freelancing, especially in those early days.
Fortunately, serviced office space is ideal. The minimum commitment you need to make is usually just a few months, so you can rent your office space now, safe in the knowledge that if you do need to cut back on overheads in a few monthsΓÇÖ time, you wonΓÇÖt have a lengthy lease to try and get out of.
Better still, because most serviced offices also come fully furnished, you wonΓÇÖt even need to commit to the expense of buying a desk!
3. You need a professional business address
SOLUTION: Try a virtual office
If youΓÇÖre worried that having your business correspondence sent to 53 Suburbia Avenue isnΓÇÖt exactly the right professional image, well, you arenΓÇÖt alone. ItΓÇÖs one of the reasons why virtual offices exist. You get a business address for your post, a professional receptionist to answer and forward your calls ΓÇô and you still get to work from the comfort of your home office, if thatΓÇÖs what you prefer.
Of course, this option also tends to be less expensive than renting physical office space, making it a great first step before youΓÇÖre ready for an office of your own.
4. YouΓÇÖre on the road a lot
SOLUTION: Try a hot-desking pass
Your office space can be more than just a single location. Some hot-desking passes give you access to business lounges or co-working space up and down the country, so if you travel around a lot as part of your freelancing work then this is a great way to have access to office space wherever you are.
YouΓÇÖll get internet, a desk space, document printing facilities and, in many cases, the ability to access your landline calls and voicemail too. ItΓÇÖs the ideal environment to charge up your laptop and phone and put the finishing touches to that presentation ahead of your next meeting ΓÇô so youΓÇÖll arrive there feeling organised and professional.
Here at officebroker.com we make it easier for freelancers like you to find the space you need. Speak to one of our team on 020 3053 3886 to find out how we can help you.
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