Office Space Alternatives to Working from Home
by Janet Attard
Need office space because you’ve outgrown your home office or because you can’t run your business from home? Consider these home office alternatives.
Running a small business from home offers many advantages, especially for startups. With no commute and no rent to pay, you have more time to work on the business and more profits to put in the bank. Yet despite the convenience and cost savings, operating a business from home isn’t for everyone.
“People who work from home — freelancers, early stage entrepreneurs and others – don’t have a team to work with,” explains Natasha Juliana, co-owner of WORK, a coworking space in Petaluma, CA. “They’re working on a computer by themselves and miss the contact with other humans in this digital world. Using a coworking space adds that human element back in their workday.”
Fostering that community feeling, is something WORK Petaluma focuses on, too. The company runs coffee socials, offers lunchtime business lessons, holds holiday parties and other events to help its members get acquainted and make friends. “People sign up for the desk or office space,” Natasha says, “but they stay because of the community. Most of the regulars know each other. It’s like going to any office. They ask how each other’s weekends were, go to lunch together, share in each others’ successes and often get help from others in the facility when they need it.”
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