Becoming a freelancer can be very exciting. You’ve learned your trade, and now here you are, out on your own, free to make your own decisions and to pit your wits against the competition, while following no rules but your own. Many a talented person has found that going freelance was what got the creative juices flowing to maximum effect.

It isn’t all roses, however. Oddly enough, two problems reported by most freelancers are exact opposites of each other – and many are experienced by the same person.

The first is that, even though you’ve designated one room in your home as your ‘office’, people don’t recognise that, while you’re in there, you are working. You’re not free to discuss gardening, what might be nice for dinner this evening, or where you should take your summer holiday – not least because the work you are engaged in is what will pay for the new plants, this evening’s meal, and your holiday.

And the second, which is the direct opposite of this, is that freelancing can be very lonely. A writer, for example, might tell you that the worst part of being a writer is that you never get to speak to anyone. When you go to the supermarket, you engage the cashier in a conversation, much to the annoyance of the person queueing behind you, because that cashier is the only person you’re going to speak to today.

Co-working spaces have developed as a way around this. They enable freelancers to connect with people, but in a business environment and on business topics. They also provide a ready-made network; everyone in the co-workspace gets to know what everyone else does, and introductions and referrals follow.

When you look at co-working, you’ll need to understand the difference between these:

  • Hot Desks. You book them as you need them, use them for exactly the amount of time you want, and you will probably find yourself in a cubicle next to other cubicles in which other freelancers are working. Hot desking costs less than the other options, but you cannot be certain at any given time that a desk will be available.
  • Dedicated Desks. Will almost certainly still be in a cubicle, but it’s yours and yours alone, it won’t be allocated to anyone else, and so it will always be there when you want it.
  • Private Offices. Mostly, these are dedicated, but you can find private offices available for rent by the half day or even by the hour. This is necessary if you are interviewing or being interviewed.

Islington has an above-average percentage of young professionals living within its boundaries. Many of those young professional are freelancing. If you’re looking to rent or buy in the area, you may want to know about the availability of co-working spaces nearby. Here’s three we recommend:  

Impact Hub in Torrens Street. They have Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, and lockers to keep your gear safe.

Net.Works in Archway. All right, this actually calls itself Highbury and Islington, but we’re mentioning it here because it offers such a complete range of facilities. Good kitchens, Wi-Fi, a constant supply of coffee, meeting rooms, shower rooms – and they’ll keep your bike safe.

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Co-work@Angel in White Lion Street. You’re right by Angel tube station, you have access to all sorts of bars and restaurants, you have broadband and Wi-Fi, endless coffee, and a dedicated desk with an ergonomic chair. What else do you need? Let’s get working!

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