Impact Hub London was featured in the Guardian, “Co-working: an option for freelancers”.
The article offers advice for those who “work alone but crave office interaction” and help tease out some of the advantages and disadvantages of co-working spaces around London. Another good reason to try out Impact Hub Islington!
Here’s an excerpt, read the full article here.
Freelancing can be a lonely business, which for some is its appeal. But what if you’re more of a sociable soul?
If you need the buzz of an office and regular chats around the water cooler then you could be better off leaving your spare room behind and moving into a co-working space. These flexible, shared workspaces, used by loose collections of small businesses and independents, are becoming increasingly popular. According to DeskMag, which conducts an annual “Global Coworking Survey”, the number of locations has grown by 83% worldwide over the past year, and the number of users by 117%.
Co-working offers all the advantages of working in an office, while allowing you to operate on your own. You get desk space, Wi-Fi, kitchen facilities and so on, and there is the opportunity to mingle and network, share ideas and get – and give – advice. And all in return for what could work out to be a relatively small outlay, depending on whether you want a regular spot at a desk or a few hours here and there.
Sarah Corbett, founder of Craftivist Collective, works at Impact Hub, a dedicated co-working space in Westminster, central London. “My background is working for large international development charities, so going from a large open-plan office to being a freelancer was lonely, and I wanted to feel part of a community again,” she says.
“It’s good to get out of the house and have a place I can go to a few days a week to force me to do my boring but necessary admin work. And it helps with a work-life balance, so when I leave the office I can switch off from work – although it closes at 11pm so sometimes I work very late.”
Corbett believes the set-up has helped with clients, whom she meets in the building. “It shows my clients who come in for face-to-face meetings that I am a professional and working in an innovative creative space, which gives them confidence in my work.”
Her “office” is run by the Hub, which launched in Islington in 2005 and now has more than 45 locations and 7,000 members on six continents. In Islington, as well as a desk, members can expect to be looked after by “Hub Hosts” who organise events such as “Pitch and Pizza” where members ask for feedback, help or collaboration on their projects; workshops on everything from legal practice to personal development; and weekly networking lunches. Customers can even become member hosts for short periods in order to offset the cost of hiring desk space. Working one day a week as a host will earn you a free Hub 100 tariff, which allows the use of a desk for 100 hours a month, or around 3.5 days a week.