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Shared Office Desk Space To Go With Your Virtual Office?


Working from home is all very well but sometimes you have to get out of the house.

You need to meet people in a particular area, or just clear your head.

Working from home means that you are staring at the same four walls every day. You sit around in your pyjamas and maybe haven’t washed properly for three days.

You might have a strong work ethic and are getting a lot done but you are out of the loop.

You don’t have a feeling for what’s current in business generally and you have exaggerated hypotheses based on biased information you picked up from the internet.

You need to get out of the house and work in an office for a bit.

Hotdesking in a shared office space lets you have the benefits of the discipline of 9 – 5 without the financial overheads.

You can rent a desk for a few pounds, sit with and meet other people, get some work done without distraction and then go home and relax in your own home.
Your home becomes a place of respite, as it should properly be, rather than a workshop.

Here are some of the benefits of renting a desk in a shared office space:

1. Save Money

A startup needs to spend most of its money on development and marketing. Renting a city-centre office space is just a way to burn cash.

The team needs to be in the same place at the same time. It can start in a director’s house but that often becomes tedious for the home owner!

Pimping off someone else’s space in the time between being home-based and having your own private office is a smart move.

The minions can get on with the job-at-hand while the execs can chat in a nearby café or a meeting-room when they need to.

2. Save Time

Operating your own office can be a total bore. Landlords make trouble. Toilets leak. Unwanted callers turn up unannounced.

Get a shared office space facility to carry the load and then skip in and out of the office to focus on what’s really important: promoting your business and making money.

3. Free Fast Wifi

Britain has entered the digital era in fits and starts. Many areas still have a poor internet connection. A good one can cost £60 a month.

It’s smarter to pimp of someone else’s. Some digital work requires fast downloads speeds and that may not be possible on a residential internet connection.

Any shared office space facility should have at least a 60mb connection and offer access to it for free.

You can then upload or download video quickly without having to go out for a cigarette while it’s happening.

4. Meeting Other People

It’s difficult to quantify the effect of hob-nobbing with other entrepreneurs but the human mind is made to soak up tactical information.

If the flash-harrys and the geeks at the club are feeling up or down, that’s an indicator of what’s really going on in the economy.

You can chat with them, tell them what you’re doing, ask them what they’re doing, get feedback and give it.



You will find that this dispels any crazy or silly ideas you might have and instead helps you focus on what might actually work.

You may make valuable business contacts who can help you progress in your career.

At the very least, you stop operating in fantasy-land and start getting a grip on the real world.

5. Smarten Yourself Up

Clothes maketh the man. If you look smart, you feel smart. If you feel smart, you start acting smarter.

Slobbing around at home is a time-saver but every so often you have to wash, shave, put on a suit and tie and go out and meet people.

You come back energised and can get more and better work done, more efficiently.

6. A Home Away From Home

We’re speaking figuratively, here. You can find a nook which is like a club where you don’t mind staying late because it’s quite pleasant.

You buy a dedicated desk which you can leave your mascot and desktop PC on when you go home for the day. You come back in the next day and take up where you left off.

The other members will, at the very least, not be obnoxious, and you may find some of them entertaining or even interesting.



It’s hard to put a price on human contact but the opposite, working in a void, can be very costly in the long run.

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