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Why Work from Home When You Can Work at a Coworking Space

Posted by Common Ground PH on Sep 2, 2019, 5:30:00 PM
  • Some perceived benefits of working from home can raise issues about cost, productivity, and mental health.
  • While working at a coffee shop can be an alternative to working from home, not all coffee shops are freelancer-friendly.
  • Common Ground is a coworking space that combines the functionality of an office, the ambiance of a coffee shop, and the comfort of your own home.

When your commute to work is worse than your actual workload, it’s easy to drool over the idea of working from home. And whether or not this is the main reason why the Philippines ranks third in terms of countries with the highest population of freelancers based on Paypal’s 2018 Global Freelancer Insights Report, many of us would jump to working from home in a heartbeat.

However, working from home is not the same as living in paradise. You may love the thought of staying at home, but maybe not the part where you need to work, and working from home could mean hard work, too.

 

If you’re a freelancer or are planning to be one, here are some perceived perks of being able to work from home that need serious rethinking.

 

1. "It's cheap." 

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While this can be true, it’s not true for everyone or for all circumstances. Assess your home. Do you have business-grade equipment so you can do your job properly like a computer, copier, and an internet connection? Do you have a backup electricity source in case of a power outage?

 

Even when you have the necessary gadgets, your monthly electricity bill could rise, and you might need to upgrade a few things in your home. The point is, working from home is not free, and it may not even be as cheap as you expect it to be.

 

 

2. "I have more freedom." and "I can be more productive."

 

Sure, you can now work in your pyjamas or sans pants and shower, and no one would reprimand you if your power nap lasted 2 hours. As good as it sounds, this is where problems can occur.

 

The home is not really designed for working. It’s supposed to be where you relax and bond with your family. While there might be fewer distractions at home, there are plenty of temptations. The house is filled with visual cues that would make you want to forego work – your comfy bed, the fridge, the T.V., your cute dog. In a place where you can exercise your free will the most, it takes huge willpower and self-management to be productive and get things done.

 

 

3. "It's nice to work alone."

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If you’ve experienced working beside an officemate whose laugh can be heard from Mars, or who has his/her headphones on but sings along loudly anyway, then we get you. 

 

But amid your need for solitude and perceived omnipotence, you still need other people, or at least be around them. In a HuffPost article, Chicago-based clinical psychologist, Ryan Hooper, pointed out that working from home has a mental health risk that can cause feelings of isolation and disconnection. When you work from home, you miss the opportunity for interaction that can inspire learning, creativity, real connections –and even fun. 

 

Most of all, you can’t do things all by yourself, but that’s exactly what you have to do when you’re a home-based worker. You’re your own IT, HR, and maintenance personnel so you might have to actually handle more jobs when you choose to work at home.

 

 

4. "I can have work-life balance."

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Just because you’re home most of the time now, doesn’t mean you have work-life balance. In fact, in most cases, what it actually does is blur the boundary between your work and personal life. Switching from doing the laundry to sending an email, taking your kid to school and then doing some research later doesn’t just sound crazy; it is crazy.

 

There’s a reason why you need to separate work from home matters, and when you’re handling both matters in one place, then you might need to work harder to draw the line between work and home.

 

 

Working at a coffee shop may not be the best solution.

While this is a popular choice among freelancers and home-based professionals, these places may not really be work-friendly no matter how good their lattes are.

  • A stable internet connection is not guaranteed.
  • Not all seats have access to a power outlet.
  • It can be costly as you need to acquire a membership card or make extra purchases to use their internet or stay extra hours.
  • Going to the bathroom can be a problem. Either you leave your belongings unattended or take all your things with you to the bathroom.
  • It can get crowded and noisy, too. 

 

Coworking Space VS Home Office VS Coffee Shop

In a coworking space, freelancers and remote workers can have access to the right facilities and equipment, create and experience meaningful work interactions and relationships, get a real sense of work-life balance, and most importantly, get their jobs done.

 

Important Workplace Criteria for Freelancers

Home Office

Coffee Shop

Coworking Space

Cost

• Save money from transportation fare or gas

• Expect increase in monthly utility bills

• Might need to spend money on equipment and renovation/upgrades

• Coffee and food purchases

• There’s a chance to spend more as you stay longer

• Monthly rate can go as low as P10,000-P12,000

• Monthly fee may not be affordable to some freelancers

• Coffee and other refreshments are free

Internet connection 

• Depends on the service provider

• Connection problems might not be solved right away.

• May not always be reliable and secure

• Not all coffee shops has internet connection available

• Fast and stable internet connection

• Maintenance shouldered by the coworking space

Equipment

• May need to acquire equipment or go outside to avail services such as printing, photocopying, and fax

• Office equipment are not available inside

• Access to electricity is not guaranteed

• Copiers, printers, and other tools are available and ready to use

Environment

• Comfortable

• Less distractions but more temptations

• Most homes are not designed or conducive for work

• Doing home chores in between work are likely, blurring the boundary between work and home life

• Interiors can be beautiful and interesting

• Seats may be comfortable, but not for a long time

• Quiet most of the time but distractions (such as loud chatter) can still be present

• It can get too crowded

Some tables are quite small for your gadgets and food

• Floor plan, interior, and furniture are designed for both work and comfort

• You can choose a more quiet area if you need to or avail of a private office (but with extra cost)

People

• Work alone

• While other people are present, work interaction is not

• Intended for collaboration and networking

• Tailored events and activities are facilitated for further learning and support

• Work alongside likeminded individuals and be able to interact and learn from them

 

 

Common Ground is a coworking space that feels like home.

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Freelancers, home-based workers, and solo professionals deserve a great work environment, too. That’s why Common Ground has built the ideal workplace for them, combining the functionality of an office, the interior and ambiance of a coffee shop (but still made way better), and the comfort of your own home.

 

Book a tour now and visit us at any of our locations to experience working away from home, but which still feels like home, and work in a place that you can actually look forward to going to. Our coworking spaces are strategically located in the city’s major business districts – Makati, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City. We’re sure you’ll find one that’s accessible and convenient for you.

 

 

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