There’s a lot of talk amongst the digital nomad community about coworking spaces. So what are coworking spaces? If you’re a digital nomad should you consider finding a coworking space and if so what exactly should you be looking for?
There are certain locations around the world which are becoming digital nomad hubs (places where digital nomads congregate). This means that there tend to be more coworking spaces available in these places. This kind of office setting might not be for every digital nomad but for people who have deadlines to hit and want a professional working space, they’re a great idea.
Who Uses Coworking Spaces?
Typically coworking spaces are used by people who are self-employed, work from home or freelance workers (including digital nomads). Coworking means individuals can work independently or collaborate with others in a shared office space.
So why use coworking spaces?
People reported that coworking was a positive influence in their lives.
62% reported significant improvement in their work, 71% said they were more creative, 90% felt more confident and 70% said they felt healthier then they had in a traditional office setting.
Being a digital nomad can be difficult and sometimes lonely. If you’re travelling and staying in hostels you’re likely to be surrounded by loads of backpackers all wanting to go out and have fun. The backpackers who do have ‘normal’ jobs leave every day to go to work. You get left behind at the hostel with hungover backpackers, or worse, people tempting you to join them for a drink in the sunshine. The problem is, you have work to do!
Getting your work done surrounded by temptation can be hard. Your new roommates might not understand why you want to stay in the hostel and sit on your laptop all day. This is the sort of scenario where a digital nomad might think about finding somewhere other than their hostel to do some work. Especially if you have deadlines to hit! If everyone around you is getting on with their work, you’re more likely to get on with yours. (Rather than watching funny cat videos on youtube!)
The Advantages of Coworking Spaces
- Working alongside others can help to keep you motivated
- There’s a community. It’s better for your mental health to be able to chat to others in the same situation as you
- Office-like amenities including private meeting rooms, kitchens, hot-desks
- It’s a professional atmosphere
- There’s often coffee available!
- Affordable office space for those who might feel isolated working at home or out of a coffee shop
- There’s normally options for daily or monthly fees
Being a freelancer, it can be hard to stick to only working 40 hours a week; or for some, to actually work as much as 40 hours a week. Having flexibility is one of the perks of being a digital nomad but sometimes heading off to an office can help a lot of people to have a good work / life balance.