Flexible Working for Freelancers

By June 22, 2017News, Thoughts
An image of a person working from a laptop on a contemporary desk with a laptop and a cactus.

For a lot of people, the word ‘freelance’ is synonymous with ‘freedom’ – and it’s not really hard to see why! We mean, you’re not contracted to work specific hours, you don’t have a set working environment and, as long as you have the right equipment, you can basically work from anywhere in the world. (As long as there’s Wi-Fi. Everyone needs Wi-Fi. Obviously.)

But with that freedom does come some tough decisions. Because, without things like a good working environment and some sort of a schedule to stick to, things can get a little bit out of hand – by that, we mean it’s easy to spend a whole day binge-watching a Netflix series rather than working. Come on, surely every freelancers done that at least once!

So, with that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Calibre Office Furniture, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality office furniture, to help you find the best place to work in. Once you get your environment right, you’ll find staying on track much easier.

 

Hot-Desking for the Modern Freelancer

A modern freelancer stands in front of her home office furniture, including an office desk and office storage.If you find yourself getting distracted by your TV, phone or other house-hold items, it might be a good idea to look at working in an office environment. Don’t want to spend the cash on renting out a permanent space? Not to worry – hot-desking is the newest trend in the freelance industry that’s building up a storm, and it’ll be perfect for you!

Basically, hot-desking is where you can pay for a day’s use of an office space. Depending on where you go, this could simply be an office desk, or it can include all the usual workspace amenities such as a boardroom, conference tables and all the normal office devices (printers, scanners and all that jazz).

Why is hot-desking so great? Well, you don’t have to pay a monthly wedge of money to start with. You’re also not committed to working in the same place every day which, as a freelancer going against the social conventions, may not appeal to you. If you’re a social person you’ll also get to meet loads of different people from a range of industries, which can be great fun!

 

Cafés and Libraries

If you’re less keen on earning your money in a ‘real’ working environment, there are plenty of public spaces you can work from such as cafes and libraries. Libraries are better for the freelancer who enjoys a bit of peace and quiet; cafes are better for the freelancer who enjoys a bit of coffee and cake.

The downsides to working in public places, particularly in cafes, is that you’re not always around other working people. Friends can be nattering away and that bloke in the corner’s talking very loudly on his phone again, and you’re struggling to focus when a crying baby in a pram is pushed through the door by a weary mum in need of an espresso. You see what we mean? They’re also lacking in good office desks and chairs, which can lead to some very cramped and uncomfortable working conditions.

On the other hand, you do have an endless supply of tasty treats, great Wi-Fi connection and you’re not going to be distracted by everything in your home. Give it a go and see if it works for you.

Some people love the distraction and vitality of office life and some prefer to focus on their work in a quiet sanctuary. This will affect where you decide to freelance. Social butterflies might prefer to hot-desk, for example. Try this fun quiz to help you figure out what sort of office worker you are.

Create a Home Office

Probably the most common solution of where to work as a freelancer is simply at home. By creating your own home office, you don’t have to leave the house or spend money every day renting a desk or buying copious amounts of coffee, but you still get a good, peaceful environment to work in.

When it comes to a home office, you want to make it both comfortable and practical. It’s important to create a space you really want to be in as this’ll increase your productivity and encourage you to work, so you’re going to need the right equipment for you.

If you’re on the hunt furniture, Calibre have great ranges of office storage, office desks and office chairs that you can kit out your new space with. All their products are built with both quality and ease of use in mind so you can make the most of your space. From modern glass desks to brightly coloured tambours, take a look and find the right office furniture for you.

A freelancer works from home in her home office, including office chair, office desk and computer.Some things you should consider when picking your office furniture include:

  • How much space you have
  • What devices you already have that your furniture needs to work around
  • Will you ever have guests/clients/collaborators in your home office?
  • What style of furniture do you like?
  • How can you create a space free from distraction that you’ll really want to work in?

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about the furniture Calibre stock or would like to get advice on what you should buy for your home office, get in touch with their team. They all have a vast wealth of knowledge on what furniture is right for which jobs and will direct you to the best solutions for your space.

If you’re looking to boost the potential of your freelance business and bring in more clients than you’ve ever had before, then get in touch with our digital marketing consultants at GrowTraffic. We offer a huge range of service to grow your online presence and attract a targeted audience, giving you a leg-up in your industry.

If you want the ultimate freelance business, then why not combine both of our services? Create a home office you love for a business that thrives. What could be better?

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