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Calling All Freelancers! New Site Connects Independent Contractors With Available Desks

video interviewIf you are working from home right now, you’re not alone. Well, technically you are alone but countless freelancers are doing it, too. How about a coffee shop? The local library? Our options are endless but when it comes to finding coworking space in an actual office, things can get expensive.

According to a piece by The New York Post, a new site has launched to connect freelancers with open desks. Consider deskcamping like Airbnb for freelance folks. It was launched in December and offers something a bit more unique for freelancers. Instead of having to rent office space by the month, the site lets companies rent free desks by the week or even by the day. Read more

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The Office Cubicle Turns the Big 5-0!

cubicleOn #tbt, better known as “Throwback Thursday,” we’re paying homage to the office cubicle. Every now and then we wonder how people worked without modern technology. Like when faxes arrived at the machine in shiny paper that was easily bendable.

That’s why this story about the fiftieth anniversary of the cubicle is so significant! Per a CBS piece, the majority of us work in cubicle-clad offices and yet 93 percent hate it. Like it or loathe it, there’s certainly no doubt the cubicle is here to stay. Read more

Three Ways to Organize Your Home Office

Sure, as freelancers our home office is often the nearby Starbucks but in many times it’s our living room. Although office dwellers may learn a tip or two from this post as well, here are three ways to organize the home office…

1. Invest in adequate furniture. This goes without saying. Keeping in mind you’ll need adequate space for said furniture but everything should have its own space like a spot for reference materials, a filing cabinet and oh yes, a printer.

2. Establish activity centers. According to a post on HGTV, an office should have different zones. As for the work center, well it should include a clear workspace, the computer and office products. Then of course, there’s the reference center which encompasses binders, manuals, and various professional books. Lastly, the supply center contains office supplies and paper.

3. Properly place the hardware and peripherals. This pointer makes sense but how many times have you realized you use a certain spiral notebook for notetaking or tape recorder for phone interviews only to realize they’re never within hands reach? As recommended in the piece, position your equipment by frequency. For instance, if you use your printer on a daily basis, ensure it’s within reach. However, if it’s only used once or twice a month, you can hide it under a desk so it’s out of sight, out of mind.

Four Reasons Why Freelancers Should Get an Office

Switching things up, instead of leveraging a job search this post is devoted to fellow freelancers who are focused on productivity. Sure, people with office jobs have the daily grind and structure of a day job, not to mention office space but for freelancers things are a little (okay, a lot) different.

A functional home office is key in terms of having space devoted to working instead of lounging on a couch, the same destination for watching American Idol. Yes, a home office is cost-effective but according to Amy Levin-Epstein and her post on CBS Money Watch, she explained that renting space outside the home is affordable and more productive than working from home.

First of all, in the piece she pointed out a writer she interviewed gave kudos to office space for the main reason of networking. You know, having people interaction during the day: “I like the interaction/working with other freelancers, and I like the programming they offer for freelancers.” For instance, on Wednesdays the source attends “lunch pad” whereby entrepreneurs share a communal salad and dish about their experiences.

As for another reason, a communications consultant told Levin-Epstein it gets her out of the house, makes her more productive, and gives her a sense of a professional community. “I found when I worked at home that I felt too isolated and not a part of the working world. I rent a cubicle at Brooklyn Writers Space. It’s so easy to rent a flexible and affordable space these days, at least in New York City. This was one of the most affordable options — I pay $360 a quarter.”

Getting out of the house and into a work environment, some may argue, can make you more productive. A California-based PR consultant told Levin-Epstein her income has grown since she branched out with an actual office. “I can make more money because when I am at the office, I am totally focused on getting work done.”

And let’s not even think about the fridge being merely 10 feet away at home. Another PR consultant informed Levin-Epstein he rents shared office space in Boston and an extra perk is not having instant access to food 24/7. This way, he leaves his 500-square foot apartment and gets to interact with clients and network on his $99 per month part-time membership plan. Plus, he added, “It also helps me stay focused and avoid snacking all day.”