I often get told I am so lucky to be able to work from home. But for the most part, it sucks. While there are some benefits to it, such as being able to work when I want. There is a lot of challenges. While going through treatment for cancer, I realised my life shouldn’t be the same again. I had worked from home far too long and I knew change, was required. The problem was I just didn’t know how. Then I discovered WeWork.
I want to share the feelings and issues I experienced while working from home, and how they were solved by joining WeWork. I am sure there are many people out there experiencing the same struggles.
Working From Home
Remember the struggle of working on an assignment? The lack of motivation and the distractions? After years of working from home, this became a daily common occurrence with my work. Separating home from work became extremely difficult, no matter how much I tried.
Then there is the social side of it, or should I say lack of it. I had very little to no social interaction with anyone on a daily basis. The only interaction I had was a few clients and a bunch of people via email. This, in turn, caused me to feel extremely anxious during social events with friends. I felt I did not know how to be social.
In saying that, there is a lot I do love about working from myself. I can do what I love such as, running this website (Amvsement) and Mac Prices. In addition, further design and web development for clients. This brings me to one of my favourite quotes from Steve Jobs:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
I love what I do. The problem was I didn’t love where I was doing my work. I also wasn’t completely satisfied with my own work. By accident, I found WeWork.
WeWork is co-working, office spaces in 275 locations, in 59 cities around the world. After joining in the final quarter of last year I have realised the many struggles I had with working from home, have gone.
Firstly, I am now much more motivated in my work and projects. The design of each WeWork location is a big reason as to why. They are modern, infused with art, include nice furniture, desks, chairs, books, and more. They are placed in very good locations and some, like the George Street and Melbourne location have a rooftop.
Secondly, the community of WeWork is huge. I have access to the entire WeWork member network. This is where I can see events being held, find work on the job board, talk to other members, and share my skills. I have been able to make new friends and meet new people almost every day, many of which are international.
Thirdly, the amenities. Every WeWork location has super-fast internet, free coffee, tea, fruit-water and even beer. Yes, beer and cider on tap (what is there not to love about that?). Every location is the same so if you go to one, you can expect the same at another.
WeWork is fairly new to Australia but already they have three locations in Sydney, one in Melbourne, and more planned. If you are someone who is working from home, I cannot recommend WeWork enough. You can find more on their website.Share