Following recent events, office work as we traditionally know it, You will be displaced by a new era of "work at home" that is opening before us ...

The current landscape has changed. The style of work that we always know (home-office / coworking-home), may have the opportunity to evolve into being alone: work at home.

Unfortunately for some and fortune for others, work at home or home office will be a reality that we must assume together.

The world has discovered the enormous personal and environmental benefits of working at homeIt will not be overlooked again.

In addition, if it is shown that productivity is not related to the space where it takes place, and that, on the contrary, doing work at home increases said productivity; we would be facing a new era of capitalism.

First of all, let's review both styles of work to get an overview of their advantages and above all, disadvantages.

Coworking

Coworking spaces offer multiple benefits, but they also have some drawbacks.

Coworking is not free. Although you will save money, if you compare what you get from renting a space in a coworking versus renting an entire building, coworking is not yet free.

On the other hand, if you work from home you are not paying for another space, so it is "free". Please note that coworking prices may vary by location, but you still have to decide if that price is worth paying.

In general, the idea of renting a coworking space or not, can be summed up as: do you need space to grow? Are you willing to share your workspace with another company?

Home office

Working at home or home office, perhaps also has some other against. For example, a home office allows distractions.

Although a coworking space can cost you a little money a month, they are designed to make you more productive since a coworking space environment gives you the opportunity to have control over your work.

In a home office, many freelancers are distracted by housework, children, or their pets.

Instead, in a coworking space, you are there to work and there are far fewer distractions.

Advantages of Home Office

There is no scrolling. People who work from home usually don't have to get up early, commute, and deal in traffic. If you rent a coworking space, you must do it and leave the house.

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The good thing is that you can find a coworking space near your home and go walking or cycling.

Networking and meeting spaces

Networking is easier when you work in a coworking.

You are extrovert? Do you run a service-based business? If you answer yes to any of these questions, a coworking space may be the most suitable choice.

Working from home certainly has its advantages, but networking is not one of them. In fact, many experts say that working from home increases the feeling of isolation and loneliness.

The advantage is that in a coworking you can attend events for entrepreneurs and establish contacts.

On the other hand, if you have a business that requires regular meetings with clients, it is best to rent a coworking space. While cafes are nice for meetings, they can be crowded and noisy.

Instead, a coworking space allows you to have a space for meetings with clients and they have free coffee service for you and your guests.

Another benefit of renting a coworking space is that you have more tools at your disposal, since most of them offer blackboards, projectors and even printing services.

Finally, there is no single answer to what is best for you, do not forget: if you are going to choose your workplace, you can alternate between the comfortable desk at home and one of the new coworkings, which you can find different points of the city. 

However, as the current pandemic continues its global conquest, there will be little choice but to choose the comfort of home to generate income, to keep our lives as normal as possible.

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