I started to think about work spaces and working from home after I read an article by The Guardian Small Business Network called, Can business hubs give entrepreneurs a head start?
If you have not heard of them, The Guardian Small Business Network is an online network which produces news, views and articles geared towards small businesses. They send newsletters to those who sign up to the group. I’ve found the articles to be interesting and informative and I’ve noticed that my online presence has increased since subscribing.
Now back to the matter in hand – work spaces. The work hubs mentioned in the article appear to be quite specialised, however, this does not take away from the importance of what these facilities mean for small businesses.
According to BBC Business, The Office of National Statistics states that the number of people working from home is at its highest, and 4.2 million people in the UK are home workers. These figures include those who use their home as a base but work in other places.
With these numbers of home workers, you can see why hubs or work spaces would be beneficial. They offer flexible spaces, for working and meeting clients. Working from a hub also means that you will hopefully be sharing space with like-minded people, and this should take away some of the isolation that may come with working from home. Depending on their prices, these spaces may even work out more cost effective than working from home all the time.
A local space that I use is the Let’s Go! Business Hub at Enfield Business Centre. See Enfield Enterprise’s website – www.enterpriseenfield.org. As one of the registered hub users, I have access to free Wi-Fi, hot desking, meeting room hire, business advice and workshops.
To answer the question that was raised in the article, I can say that being part of a community of hub users, has definitely been beneficial to me and my business.
I’d suggest that if you’re a home-based business, you do some research and see what’s on offer. From a quick search on the internet, I found the following that seems to offer the same facilities and permanent work spaces:
I cannot vouch for any of the websites, so once again, cross check information with other websites.
I hope that you feel inspired to do some research, and get out there and use your local hub space!