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Consider co-working for your business in The Union Building, Norwich

PUBLISHED: 11:38 05 February 2018

The Union Building offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Photograph: Robert Yeatman/www.easternlightcraft.co.uk.

The Union Building offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Photograph: Robert Yeatman/www.easternlightcraft.co.uk.

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Why go it alone when you could work in a collaborative, creative and social space?

Enjoy shared office space in The Union Building which offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Photograph: Robert Yeatman/www.easternlightcraft.co.uk.Enjoy shared office space in The Union Building which offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Photograph: Robert Yeatman/www.easternlightcraft.co.uk.

The number of people working freelance or remotely is steadily rising to meet the needs of a more flexible and collaborative business environment. In fact, HR professionals estimate that as many as 20pc of employees could be freelancers by 2020.

Home to a wealth of creative and digital talent, as well as numerous graduates from its 
two universities, Norwich is a 
hub for those looking to work independently.

But if you’re freelancing, where do you work?

For most, the answer lies in a home office, spare bedroom or dining room table. While this is an economical solution, it doesn’t always offer the ideal working environment. And if you’re renting, you may find that there are restrictions around running a business from your home.

Break area in The Union Building which offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Photograph: Robert Yeatman/www.easternlightcraft.co.uk.Break area in The Union Building which offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Photograph: Robert Yeatman/www.easternlightcraft.co.uk.

Even for the most strong-willed, working from home can feel like most of your day is spent battling against distraction. Last night’s washing up, childcare and friends that “just drop by” can all chip into your work time and affect your productivity. It’s notoriously difficult to set work boundaries in your own home, and while flexibility is an attractive part of being your own boss, separating business from leisure time is vital to stay healthy and happy.

Co-working is a fantastic and cost effective solution. A desk rented monthly – often on a flexible contract – can project a more professional image for your business and increase your productivity.

An office away from home can give your day structure, and knowing that you have somewhere to be means you’re less likely to spend the morning making calls in your pyjamas. Co-working could even benefit your health: if you’re within cycling or walking distance, you could use the time to squeeze in some exercise.

Co-working areas often share space with other great facilities like restaurants and cafés, which are great places to meet clients. It’s also worth looking for somewhere that is central and close to a car park or transport links so clients can easily find you.

Going it alone doesn’t have to be lonely: your co-working community are there to bounce ideas off and collaborate with. Working in a space with so many other businesses means effortless daily networking, and perhaps even some new business.

The Union Building offers co-working desks from £100 +VAT on a monthly rolling contract. Visit www.theunionbuilding.co.uk or call 01603 964100 for more information or to tour the facilities.

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