Most freelancers and budding entrepreneurs choose to work out of their homes in a shared space with other professionals. This has many advantages and opens up many possibilities.
When you opt for a shared office space you’ll find they come at very reasonable rental rates with many benefits. There is no cash which you have to pay beforehand to have access to their facilities which include copiers, furniture items, like desks and chairs, decoration to improve the ambience. There are also coffee machines for breaks, office supplies, like stationery, the necessary internet facilities which are state of the art, a phone to your desk, technical support, and also a secretary who can receive messages and pass it on because you’ll not be there all the time.
There’s no need for a long time commitment with shared office space; you can arrange for a month to month agreement, which a lot of people do. It allows you the flexibility to change your working area or location if it doesn’t suit you. And if you decide to stick with your present one, there’s likely to be a discount in it for you as well.
The other benefit is that the management of the place is not up to you and this saves a lot of time. If there’s a power failure, there’s backup provided by the management, something which would not been the scene at home. There are staffs to take your calls and route them through if you are free. When there’s an important presentation to be made to a big client, the official demeanour of the workplace will go in your favour. In addition you will have the advantage of the conference room which you can duly book in advance. It would be equipped with all that you need to make a favourable and impressive presentation. It also helps when you order lunch or breakfast and discuss the deal over a meal. In a rental office plan, you’ll get the advantage of meeting and socializing with people just like you, who have ambitions and want to progress without taking the beaten path chosen by most. There’s a sense of freedom associated with these places as you can come in and out as you please, take breaks as you desire or just decide to take a day off, secure in the knowledge that any communication by a client to the workplace will be delivered to you by the secretary.
Plan your budget and try to go for places that have most of the amenities at the best rates, the kind of people you see there will also be an indication as to how good it is.