Why Freelancers Are Choosing Flexible Office Space

The benefits of flex space for freelancers are numerous, they provide an environment that favours ambitious projects, boosts individual capacities, whilst minimising stress and loneliness. Working from a flexible office space allows you to break away from the conventional way of working and be productive in a setting that is full of inspiration and positive energy.

Temporary & Flexible
Traditional leased office space may not always be able to meet the needs of businesses at all stages of their growth. Flex space can offer contracts for shorter periods of time. Start-ups and entrepreneurs may require temporary office space while they determine the best location for their business, so this is a great way to gain experience without major commitment.

Affordability
Deciding to work out of flex space means you won’t have to pay for a printer, furniture, utilities, or even coffee. The short term leases mean you can take things month by month and expand, or downsize as your business changes.

Networking & Social Opportunities
Instead of vertical growth up a corporate ladder, freelancers typically achieve lateral advancement by gaining and applying knowledge acquired from one project to the next. Freelancers prefer to come up with their own ideas and answers, so being among others who can help them grow and expand their talents for new endeavours is beneficial. This is exactly the type of atmosphere that a flexible space fosters. The fast paced atmosphere of a co-working space means you never know who you might bump into either in the space itself, during your commute, or out grabbing lunch. At incspaces, we host various networking events, product launches, charity events, and more – which is a great way to raise awareness for your company.

Motivation
It is a huge motivator to share a workspace with those who have made similar career risks, and share wins and frustrations. Being part of a coworking space offers a sense of belonging without competition, as they house people from all industries working on vastly different goals.


Better Work/Home Balance

For many freelancers, the boundaries between work and personal life become blurred as there is no clear beginning or end to the working day. Having a designated place of work, which they can physically leave helps with mentally switching off and enjoying down time.

Facilities
An ergonomic desk set up, professional call answering, mail handling, printing services and reliable Wi-Fi are all essential to the smooth running of any small business. All these are included in the price of an incspaces membership which means you can focus on what is important – your business. The on site events, occasional beers, and member perks are an added bonus!

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Have you tried the Pomodoro technique?

Invented in the late 1980’s, by then university student Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro technique is a simple time management technique that breaks projects into 25-minute intervals, or “Pomodoro’s”, followed by a 5-minute break. Named after the tomato shaped timer Cirillo used when the idea was born, the absurdity of using a tomato to represent chunks of time belies the method’s status as one of the most effective productivity hacks used around the world today.

The idea is simple-
• Pick one project or task you want to focus on.
• Set a timer for 25 minutes, and start working
• When the time is up, take a 5-minute break.
• Repeat.
• After four sessions, take a longer break, about 25-30 minutes.

This method is useful for breaking unapproachable tasks into manageable chunks and remaining accountable for your progress with them. A 25-minute segment is long enough of a time to get some work done, but not so long that it feels overwhelming or hard to maintain.

To get the most out of the technique it is important to remember that each 25-minute segment is indivisible, which means that if you’re interrupted halfway through by a co-worker, impromptu meeting, or emergency, you must either end the current pomodoro (saving your work and starting a new one later) or postpone the interruption until your current segment of time is complete. Cirillo supplements his Pomodoro technique with the “inform, negotiate, and call back” method, if you can postpone it easily:

• Inform the distraction that you’re working on something currently.
• Negotiate a time when you can get back to them about the issue.
• Schedule the follow up and call back the other party when your Pomodoro is complete and you’re ready to tackle their task.

Don’t worry too much about how many Pomodoros you complete in a day. Many fans of the strategy point out that you may only be able to get one or two in before being sidetracked by something inevitable. However, just one or two focused Pomodoros may be more productive than anything else you accomplish throughout the day.

As this hack requires very little tech or equipment, just a means of measuring time, it is important that the environment you’re concentrating in is conducive to productivity. Whether you prefer a snug solo booth to crack on with work, or find the hustle and bustle of a more lively atmosphere helps you work better, at incspaces we have areas across all of our sites that are ideal for getting stuff done. Take a look at some of our favourites, below this blog.

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Solo booths

With just enough space for you to work distraction free, we have a number of solo booths and private pods dotted around our sites.

Break Out Areas

If you find you work best with a bit of background noise, we have plenty of break out areas available to utilise for working.

Meeting Rooms

Our meeting rooms are able to be booked from as little as an hour, for when you need complete privacy and some added extras, like exclusive use of a screen and whiteboard.

Have you tried the Pomodoro technique?

Invented in the late 1980’s, by then university student Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro technique is a simple time management technique that breaks projects into 25-minute intervals, or “Pomodoro’s”, followed by a 5-minute break. Named after the tomato shaped timer Cirillo used when the idea was born, the absurdity of using a tomato to represent chunks of time belies the method’s status as one of the most effective productivity hacks used around the world today.

The idea is simple-
• Pick one project or task you want to focus on.
• Set a timer for 25 minutes, and start working
• When the time is up, take a 5-minute break.
• Repeat.
• After four sessions, take a longer break, about 25-30 minutes.

This method is useful for breaking unapproachable tasks into manageable chunks and remaining accountable for your progress with them. A 25-minute segment is long enough of a time to get some work done, but not so long that it feels overwhelming or hard to maintain.

To get the most out of the technique it is important to remember that each 25-minute segment is indivisible, which means that if you’re interrupted halfway through by a co-worker, impromptu meeting, or emergency, you must either end the current pomodoro (saving your work and starting a new one later) or postpone the interruption until your current segment of time is complete. Cirillo supplements his Pomodoro technique with the “inform, negotiate, and call back” method, if you can postpone it easily:

• Inform the distraction that you’re working on something currently.
• Negotiate a time when you can get back to them about the issue.
• Schedule the follow up and call back the other party when your Pomodoro is complete and you’re ready to tackle their task.

Don’t worry too much about how many Pomodoros you complete in a day. Many fans of the strategy point out that you may only be able to get one or two in before being sidetracked by something inevitable. However, just one or two focused Pomodoros may be more productive than anything else you accomplish throughout the day.

As this hack requires very little tech or equipment, just a means of measuring time, it is important that the environment you’re concentrating in is conducive to productivity. Whether you prefer a snug solo booth to crack on with work, or find the hustle and bustle of a more lively atmosphere helps you work better, at incspaces we have areas across all of our sites that are ideal for getting stuff done. Take a look at some of our favourites, below this blog.

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Have you tried the Pomodoro technique?

Invented in the late 1980’s, by then university student Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro technique is a simple time management technique that breaks projects into 25-minute intervals, or “Pomodoro’s”, followed by a 5-minute break. Named after the tomato shaped timer Cirillo used when the idea was born, the absurdity of using a tomato to represent chunks of time belies the method’s status as one of the most effective productivity hacks used around the world today.

The idea is simple-
• Pick one project or task you want to focus on.
• Set a timer for 25 minutes, and start working
• When the time is up, take a 5-minute break.
• Repeat.
• After four sessions, take a longer break, about 25-30 minutes.

This method is useful for breaking unapproachable tasks into manageable chunks and remaining accountable for your progress with them. A 25-minute segment is long enough of a time to get some work done, but not so long that it feels overwhelming or hard to maintain.

To get the most out of the technique it is important to remember that each 25-minute segment is indivisible, which means that if you’re interrupted halfway through by a co-worker, impromptu meeting, or emergency, you must either end the current pomodoro (saving your work and starting a new one later) or postpone the interruption until your current segment of time is complete. Cirillo supplements his Pomodoro technique with the “inform, negotiate, and call back” method, if you can postpone it easily:

• Inform the distraction that you’re working on something currently.
• Negotiate a time when you can get back to them about the issue.
• Schedule the follow up and call back the other party when your Pomodoro is complete and you’re ready to tackle their task.

Don’t worry too much about how many Pomodoros you complete in a day. Many fans of the strategy point out that you may only be able to get one or two in before being sidetracked by something inevitable. However, just one or two focused Pomodoros may be more productive than anything else you accomplish throughout the day.

As this hack requires very little tech or equipment, just a means of measuring time, it is important that the environment you’re concentrating in is conducive to productivity. Whether you prefer a snug solo booth to crack on with work, or find the hustle and bustle of a more lively atmosphere helps you work better, at incspaces we have areas across all of our sites that are ideal for getting stuff done. Take a look at some of our favourites, below this blog.

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Have you tried the Pomodoro technique?

Invented in the late 1980’s, by then university student Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro technique is a simple time management technique that breaks projects into 25-minute intervals, or “Pomodoro’s”, followed by a 5-minute break. Named after the tomato shaped timer Cirillo used when the idea was born, the absurdity of using a tomato to represent chunks of time belies the method’s status as one of the most effective productivity hacks used around the world today.

The idea is simple-
• Pick one project or task you want to focus on.
• Set a timer for 25 minutes, and start working
• When the time is up, take a 5-minute break.
• Repeat.
• After four sessions, take a longer break, about 25-30 minutes.

This method is useful for breaking unapproachable tasks into manageable chunks and remaining accountable for your progress with them. A 25-minute segment is long enough of a time to get some work done, but not so long that it feels overwhelming or hard to maintain.

To get the most out of the technique it is important to remember that each 25-minute segment is indivisible, which means that if you’re interrupted halfway through by a co-worker, impromptu meeting, or emergency, you must either end the current pomodoro (saving your work and starting a new one later) or postpone the interruption until your current segment of time is complete. Cirillo supplements his Pomodoro technique with the “inform, negotiate, and call back” method, if you can postpone it easily:

• Inform the distraction that you’re working on something currently.
• Negotiate a time when you can get back to them about the issue.
• Schedule the follow up and call back the other party when your Pomodoro is complete and you’re ready to tackle their task.

Don’t worry too much about how many Pomodoros you complete in a day. Many fans of the strategy point out that you may only be able to get one or two in before being sidetracked by something inevitable. However, just one or two focused Pomodoros may be more productive than anything else you accomplish throughout the day.

As this hack requires very little tech or equipment, just a means of measuring time, it is important that the environment you’re concentrating in is conducive to productivity. Whether you prefer a snug solo booth to crack on with work, or find the hustle and bustle of a more lively atmosphere helps you work better, at incspaces we have areas across all of our sites that are ideal for getting stuff done. Take a look at some of our favourites, below this blog.

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Despite vast improvements in most cities’ cycling infrastructure, many commuters still don’t consider cycling an option when planning their daily commute. In this blog we’re taking a look at some of the benefits of cycling, ways that cities are becoming more cycle friendly, and addressing some of the issues that stop people embracing pedal power and jumping on their bike.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Where possible, the Department of Transportation recommends cycling or walking. When you cycle to work, there is a better circulation of air and a lower risk of coming into contact with others, ergo a lower risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus vs a crowded bus or train.

HEALTH & FITNESS

As a low impact, adaptable form of exercise, cycling is great for anybody wanting to improve their overall health and fitness, at their own pace. Some of the benefits cycling to work can have on your life include improving cardio-vascular and aerobic fitness, lowering blood pressure, boosting energy, building muscle and improving coordination. Many gym goers wake up at 5am to fit in a session before work, so if you can sneak a workout into your day during your commute – bonus!

CITIES ARE BECOMING MORE CYCLE FRIENDLY

Most local councils are making great leaps to implement better cycling infrastructure throughout city centres. Leeds, for example, is on a mission to make the city centre cycle friendly by embracing cycling as a normal everyday activity for everyone. You can read about how the Connecting Leeds program is implementing measures to encourage more cycling across the city, here.

Over on the the other side of the Pennines in Lancashire, back in 2015 Helen Pidd, North of England editor for The Guardian, wrote about how “Manchester is a terrible cycling city”. 

Fast forward to 2021, and Manchester City Council is taking great steps to change this perception of their city by investing £1.7 million into an Ancoats cycle route alone, as well as developing an integrated city centre cycle network, compromising of three major routes:

  • The “Picc-Vic” connection (Piccadilly station through to Victoria station) already under development through the Northern Quarter.
  • A connection between Victoria & Oxford Rd stations (along Deansgate), with connections to Salford Central & Deansgate stations.
  • A connection between Oxford Rd station and Piccadilly station (along Whitworth Street) 

Also paying attention to their cycling infrastructure in 2021 is the capital, as record breaking growth in London’s cycle network continues. Sadiq Khan says he is “absolutely determined to build an even better London after the pandemic – a greener and healthier city in which it’s easier and safer to walk and cycle”

STRESS

Sitting in traffic jams or squeezing onto public transport isn’t at the top of many peoples’ lists of favourite activities. Cycling, on the other hand, can transform your daily commute into an enjoyable experience by releasing endorphins, and exposing you to scenic routes you wouldn’t normally get to enjoy if you were stuck on a tube or concentrating on driving. We have all heard about the benefits of daily exercise in terms of alleviating stress, improving sleeping patterns and reducing anxiety. We have also heard about the benefits of getting out into the open and experiencing a bit more fresh air and nature. By choosing to cycle to work you can combine two great mood boosters and start your day off feeling accomplished and productive, before you’ve even entered the office.

MONEY

Whilst obtaining and maintaining a bicycle does incur some costs, in the long run it will work out cheaper than driving or using public transport. Most employers offer a Cycle to Work scheme too, which means you can purchase a bike tax free. It is worth checking to see if your employer is enrolled with a Cycle to Work scheme, and suggesting one if not, as they’re free for employers to enrol in and serve as a great employee perk.

TIME

How many times have you been sat in a traffic jam and a cyclist has whizzed past you, and beat the rush hour delays? Whilst there’s no competition if you’re head to head on an open road, you can be sure that a cyclist is always going to reach their destination quicker than somebody driving through a city centre at 7.30am if you factor in the time wasted sat in traffic jams, searching for parking, then walking from the car park to the office. 

SHOWERS

Did you know all the incspaces sites are equipped with showers? Don’t worry about breaking a sweat whilst you commute to work, you can have the luxury of showering off and beginning your working day feeling fresh and clean.

WHAT ABOUT BAD WEATHER?

There’s nothing wrong with only being a fair-weather cyclist if you don’t fancy going head to head with mother nature. If it is pouring with torrential rain, simply don’t cycle that day. The beauty of having a bike is that you are free to choose when you cycle and when you don’t. Even swapping out one day of your commute from car to bike, or a section of your journey, is better than nothing!

For any incspaces members that do get caught in the rain, break into a sweat or get splashed by mud on their commute into work – we can make your life easier. Incspaces is in partnership with Laundrapp, so all our members can take advantage of a discount off their laundry or dry cleaning bill when collected from one of our offices. As one of the leading laundry and dry cleaning services in the UK, they will clean, dry, and iron any items according to their care labels then return them in as little as 48 hours. No need to take any dirty laundry home with you!

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