Avoid isolation by setting up a shared office space
by Ethan Watters
Humans are social creatures. While freelancers seldom miss the constraints of office life -- the unnecessary meetings, the petty politics, the wretched busywork -- they often long for the companionship that traditional offices provide. When you're all alone in a home office day after day, you can spend whole afternoons staring into refrigerators or examining suspicious skin discolorations. Isolation breeds inertia, and some freelancers experience a sudden loss of creativity or productivity, as if their abilities were somehow tied to the social expectations of working with a team. By joining forces with several like-minded independent professionals to get a shared office space, you can create a sense of camaraderie without compromising the goals or vision of your own work. It's actually much simpler to do than you might think.