Freelancers and coliving are a “match made in Heaven.” For the freelancer who can often work from anywhere, who changes assignments, therefore, changes what they need to run their business, who need stimulation and motivation to stay creative, who often partner with other freelancers to cast a wider net to offer services to a wide array of clients, coliving is the solution to how and where to live. While some freelancers make money by charging hourly or daily rates for their work, others are paid on a per-project basis. Generally, the services of freelancers only need short-term work.
Freelancing has several skills that are in high demand, especially right now. Some of these skills include marketing, Blockchain, writing and editing, graphic design, web designer, photographer, to name a few. Millennials are known for their propensity to be freelancers or work-from-anywhere “digital nomads.” However that population of the freelancer lifestyle is about to grow exponentially. So there will be even more of a demand for options like coliving and coworking.
Several benefits come with freelancing in a coliving space. One of the major benefits that coliving offers freelancers is coworking spaces. By living in a shared community space, you can easily have access to the best of both worlds. You can colive and cowork all under one roof. For instance, coliving and coworking spaces connect you with people such as other freelancers you probably wouldn’t have met.
Coliving and coworking create networking and community opportunities as well as events for remote workers. With the networking events, you can easily locate new collaborators and showcase your business ideas to them. Likewise, community activities such as seasonal markets, catered lunches, yoga classes, and educational workshops allow you to cement long-lasting relationships with your collaborators.
Apart from networking and community events, coworking and coliving spaces fulfill that need for community. In these spaces, you are mostly surrounded by professionals who have an arsenal of ideas in your niche. With that, you can easily take your freelancing career to a new level. Also, coworking and coliving spaces are the perfect place for freelancers who want solutions to their feeling of isolation and loneliness. By working in a community of creative collaborators from different cultures and backgrounds, difficulties with creative flow and loneliness are made easier.
The burden of working alone is made lighter with the community. There are plenty of options for those needing privacy and for those who prefer to work alone. For coworkers, private offices are available, for colivers, there is even a better option. In coliving, you have both your own private space (work from your bed if you want) and you have the benefit of being surrounded by community and options for working in coworking spaces within the home.
One of the drawbacks of being a freelancer is, of course, you never really know what you can count on in terms of money. Most projects are on a short-term basis. Clients come and go especially in a volatile economic climate like we are experiencing now. So coliving is a great solution. There are no surprise fees each month, you know exactly how much you need to live and work. Also since most coliving homes, SharedEasy included, have built-in coworking spaces and always have free Wi-Fi and access to workspace, the costs of working from coffee shops, finding office space, or paying for utilities are taken care of. Unlike the rigidity of long-term traditional leases, coworking spaces have flexible agreements that you can effortlessly scale at your own pace without pressure.
Meanwhile, most of the coworking spaces in New York City are filled with a lot of items as well as amenities to make you comfortably work from the community. Some of these built-in amenities include internet connectivity, printing services, front desk and cleaning staff, etc. Aside from that, there is also a slew of bathroom and kitchen amenities for you.
Also, coworking spaces allow you to easily plugin at any time in any location. The spaces give you remote access to everything you need to make your jobs on the internet more productive. After a long day of work, there are yoga classes, exercise and meditation groups, and a host of other networking and career-building activities.