The rise of the freelancer is a phenomenon of the modern world. The loss of traditional employment career paths due to the economics times we live in has harnessed the flexible workforce to make working from home a usual event. This shift in working patterns has enabled families to exist in ways that were inconceivable only twenty years ago – such as the male parent retaining a successful career but working from home and being able to care for his children as well.
However, there are drawbacks to this way of working. Freelancers miss the human contact that working in an office can provide, and this can be a big problem. Another siginificant problem is what do you do when you need to meet a customer? You cannot always go and visit them. Sometimes they might want to visit you, and do they really need to see the inside of your home, particularly if it’s not very tidy or there is a crisis.
The rise of shared working spaces feeds into this need, and with a warm remote office, an Internet connection and a ready supply of coffee even the most demanding customer can be satisfied. This shared workplace also has the advantages of flexible rental periods, as well as being closer to home than the traditional commute.
With examples of shared working in ‘Unoffices’, the authors have written a comprehensive manual about how to cope with this new way of working. From finding the right way to share spaces, to the thinking behind the UnOffice, this is a timely and prescient book on a working philosophy that could help many people who are about to make the leap into contract working.
The authors have added real value to their creation by the addition of examples of where shared working spaces have made the difference in small businesses across America. It is through these explanations that a proper understanding can be reached on how to make them work.
Although this book is written with a US slant on the co-working scene, the same thing is happening in Europe and in Asia. All over the major cities, shared spaces are popping up with the aim of providing the facilities of a traditional office with the flexibility that freelancers need.
This book is a manual on how to make the most of this new way of working, and as such is invaluable in the information that it contains.
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