What do you need in order to create your best work? What kind of lighting invigorates your work? Do you like to have fresh flowers in front of you? Perhaps you enjoy the addition of color and life to your ambiance? If only I was the interior designer at current position, thangs would be lookin’ pretty different. I would tear down these cubicle walls, add overhead lighting, and perhaps an extra fifteen feet between me and my colleagues (not because I don’t enjoy their company but because I value physical space in order to stay focused and engaged).
In our ever changing world, technology, telephones, and fashion are not the only things that have evolved; our workspaces have too. The days of clocking in and out, 6ft. X 4ft. cubicle spaces, and corner offices are bit passé, don’t you think (well, not in my company’s case)? As our world changes, the workspace and those that fill it are becoming more independent and unconventional, branding off into their own fields of expertise through freelancing.
Freelancing offers its own set of challenges, the isolation, lack of collaboration and of course the free coffee on the company’s dime however, as the Wall Street Journal’s Anne Kadet shows in her article, Paying To Have Co-Workers” there is a new industry emerging blending the freelancers needs and independent business model, it’s called co working. Imagine what your workspace was like if you were able to invest in it, meaning you selected the office, people, décor and got to take charge of your own work, it seems that co-working is allowing patrons to do just that and at a phenomenal rate, “by some estimates, the number of co-working spaces in New York doubled last year, and they’re increasingly catering to niche industries. You can now choose from communities catering specifically to artists, techies, designers, women, writers who talk on the phone, writers who don’t talk on the phone or (for real) the formerly incarcerated” (Kadet,A., 2013). Memberships with co working space like San Diego’s, Hera Hub provide community, collaboration, office supplies, and inspiration ambiance all for an agreeable monthly fee.
Invest in the office you want to work in, with similar minded freelancers; an unusual binary relationship of independence and collaboration.
Guest blog written by the fabulous, Skyler McCurine