This weeks blog comes from one of our customers Ashley Lewis. Ashley has been working as a contractor for a number of years in communications. Read below his blog on finding the best working space for you.
Whether you’re new to contracting or a seasoned professional, your workspace is critical. Now more than ever, you’re no longer tied to the office or need to ‘be visible’ to impress your boss and colleagues. However, this brings its own challenges. Imagine a world where you no longer need to worry about HOW you’re going to get to work, but instead, you think about WHERE am I going to work today.
Help is at hand as there are some very innovative solutions on offer for those struggling to get inspiration. Here are 7 ideas for shaking up your routine and finding the best working environment solution that works for you.
The good old coffee shop
Whether you’re into your artisan macchiatos and crave finding the hot new trend (coffee served in avocados!) or you’re just happy with your standard filter coffee, there’s a whole range of coffee shops that can service your needs. They’re warm, cosy and bustling with plenty of caffeine and treats to keep you going. But be warned, they can get noisy and aren’t ideal for that 11 am conference call!
In recent years, the library has become less and less popular with local communities as people digest online content – but they’re ideal if you’ve got to work quietly on a project or an in-depth deliverable that needs your focus and concentration. Avoid if you need to make calls to the office as this may result in dirty looks from your friendly librarian!
Ask your network
You may or may not realise it, but there’s a whole host of hot-desking opportunities at your fingertips, and more importantly on your doorstep. Reach out to friends or old work colleagues and find out if you can use their facilities for a day or two, or consider making it a long-term arrangement. If you’re working with a vendor in one of the creative industries this can be a quick win and they’re often set-up and able to help you out.
Rent some desk space
If you have aspirations to grow your business or need a more permanent hub for your work then consider renting some office or desk space that meets your needs. There is a range of solutions available (explore with tools like HubbleHQ) that have excellent WiFi, shared kitchen facilities and rooms available for those big meetings. The facilities don’t have to be expensive and they’re often practical yet can be game-changing for your business.
Go to Bali (or Barcelona)!
Remember why you got into contracting in the first place? Was it the freedom that it offers? Now is the time to think bigger and consider going abroad. With the rise of digital nomads in the GIG economy, you no longer have to be confined to the UK. Growing in popularity across the globe are digital hubs popping up that offer the technology, the opportunity to network and build relationships with vendors and colleagues, but provide more freedom – whether that’s learning a new language, going travelling or doing a course. Ubud in Bali is one such place where there’s a large digital nomad community who work remotely whilst enjoying meditation, yoga, and adventure in South East Asia. Just be sure to check the tax requirements before you go to keep yourself on the right side of the tax man.
There’s no one size fits all approach, so try out a few options to find the right solution for you. Whichever you choose, don’t forget there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up to keep things fresh. As long as you have your laptop, your mobile, and a Wi-Fi connection, you’re set!
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