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Coworking LifeHere’s what an NI, homebased freelancer said about the benefits coworking & shared office spaces have brought to her business!

Here’s what an NI, homebased freelancer said about the benefits coworking & shared office spaces have brought to her business!

A good friend of The Hub Newry, Esther Lawson of IPA Solutions, has a home based business near Newry and has recently been exposed to a number of coworking locations across Northern Ireland (NI) and Scotland, here’s what she said regarding the outcomes, affects & motivations it’s had on her business.

“Here’s my definition of coworking:
Coworking (shared office space with community) is a great way for SMEs, freelancers and other self employed individuals to work together (in the same space) without necessarily “working together” (collaborating). The very essence of coworking is ‘community’ and most spaces generally work on a membership basis and are very flexible so you could hire a permanent desk or a hotdesk a well as an office space depending on which way you prefer working. It gets ‘work from home’ types out into civilisation (let’s face it, it can be lonely working from home – been there, done that) and allows them to work shoulder to shoulder with other people from many different industries, something they couldn’t have done previously. It’s also cheaper than renting an entire office space if there are only one or two in the business, or if you’re just starting up.@CapsureTax in their #coworking space
Ok, so you get the idea about what coworking is. Now, why should you do it? Yes, it’s all the rage in some countries with new spaces opening up every day, but here in Northern Ireland people are still a little dubious. Maybe you’re an introvert, like your own space, don’t want people talking to you while you’re working, interrupting you. Maybe you imagine that with so many people from different companies in the same room there’ll be a lot of noise and maybe even some stealing of ideas? Well, in my (albeit limited) experience of coworking so far, I can assure you it’s quite the opposite!
Our experience of coworking & shared office spaces in NI & Scotland has meant we’ve been able to keep working with fast internet connection (essential in our line of work) and a listening ear if and when we need it. It’s given us inspiration for new ideas and services. It’s given us access to a network of other connections we wouldn’t have had otherwise. It’s allowed us to further separate work life from home life. It’s even meant we can work 24/7 if we need (or even want) to!
So maybe, rather than ask “Why cowork”, the question should really be “Why NOT cowork”? The benefits are huge and the expenditure is minimal. So get in touch with your local coworking space to see what they can offer you. You won’t regret it.”
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Other reasons’s to move from being homebased to a coworking space??????

-Children; school holidays; dog next door;  partner asking you “could you just fix this for me?”; building works out on the street; washing needs hanging; kettle; comfort – bad backs with bad ergonomics.
 -Not spoken to anyone in days…?
-No structure in your day? Perhaps you just need a hotdesk one day a week or maybe move the whole business and take a permanent desk in a coworking space could really help grow your business.

Benefits of coworking?

-Community, contacts, referrals, flexibility, ergonomics are generally high spec.
-Support network, low cost, inclusive, people to share ideas with, inspire, share a good / bad day with.
-It’s not just all about work, its the whole community, events, sharing friends & situations.
-Relocating or migrating back from a different city or country? This can be difficult for everyone. We have several new members who have used the facility for this very reason, to take advantage of the support network, perhaps have no Wifi or even a permanent home yet, trying to build a new contacts.
-Sustainable, bright & vibrant atmospheres.
Businesses & Community Groups Coworking

Businesses & Community Groups Coworking


If you’d like to learn more about coworking then don’t be shy, pop into The Hub Newry for a gander or call +44 (0)28 302 60122 or email: for more information.


Expert in Coworking, FlexSpaces & Remote Working | Help you identify the most productive working environment for you & your team | Propagator of meaningful connections | Podcaster Did you know: 📌40% of people feel the greatest benefit of remote work is the flexible schedule 📌16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers Engaging with small businesses and the faces behind them and making meaningful, human connections brings a big smile to my face as does anything horticulture & heritage! I love to help business owners & individuals grow and succeed in a life that truly reflects the real them and uses their core values and characteristics. Over the last 20 or so years I’ve centred around relationship management within the property and finance sectors in London and more recently my story has brought me into developing a network of coworking and flex spaces in Northern Ireland. For the last 12 years I’ve been self-employed and during this time founded The Hub Newry coworking spaces. As co-founder of a multi award-winning network of flex spaces with global connections and partnerships I help educate & research around the future of work & evolving workplace best practice. In short, I want to put a smile on the face behind your business & help you find your best flexible working environment to be your most productive, resilient & successful self. Who do I work with? ✨Entrepreneurs / Coaches & Professionals 💻SME's 😎Coworking operators


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