Permanent Consultant, Bertie Siggers, interviews two experienced virtual assistants about their tips, in order to help personal assistants with the transition to working remotely. They cover: Their favourite technology Staying motivated and productive while working from home Their remote workspace Structuring their day Learning opportunities Creating boundaries Improving communication with their principals The benefits and
Working a virtual job offers plenty of benefits (here are five reasons to consider a remote-working job), not least the fact that you don’t need to leave the house to start work. That said, after weeks in the same position, working at home might not be so positive after all! That’s where co-working spaces come in.
A somewhat recent phenomenon, these spaces fill the void between cafes and offices and are popping up all over London. They offer freelancers and remote workers the chance to work in a professional environment with all the resources at their fingertips – without committing to a traditional office. We’ve traispised all over London, and have found nine all of the best. Here’s the first four:
1. WeWork, 33 Locations around London
No co-working list would be complete without a mention of WeWork. The American company has made a huge splash in the UK market, having opened 33 spaces across London, including Hammersmith, London Fields, Southbank and Paddington. Memberships range from a hot desk to a private office and start from £200/month. Features include unlimited refreshments, fast Internet, private phone booths, meeting rooms and break-out spaces, as well as on-site staff, 24/7 access and events during the week. Best of all, every office is designed the same way, so there’s no stress about getting lost within its walls.
Head to wework.com for more information about your closest location.
2. Forward, Frome, Bristol and Taunton (coming soon)
London isn’t the only city with co-working facilities. Forward takes the phenomenon outside the big cities, with spots in Frome, Bristol and soon, Taunton. The facilities differ based on the venue, but can include a café, event space, meeting rooms and Skype booths, showers and bike racks, fast Internet and parking. Memberships start at £25/month for 8 hours, but go up to £150 for unlimited use. Its only downside is its hours – access is only available during working hours, Monday to Friday.
Check out forwardspace.co.uk for more information about your closest location.
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3. SOHO Works, Shoreditch
The latest offering from SOHO House, SOHO Works offers 16,000 feet of co-working space right opposite Shoreditch High Street station. Memberships start at £400/month for a hot desk, but shared desks (with lockable storage) are also available. But just what do you get for the investment? There are weekly events that cover everything from brand building to meditation classes and designing pillowcases, as well an on-site café and bar, members kitchen, phone booths and meeting rooms, a library and reading room, showers and lockers and a roof terrace. SOHO Works also offers mail and stationary services, photo studios and tech support.
4. Campus London, Kings Cross
Not content with continuing digital domination, Google has also opened a co-working space a short walk away from Liverpool Street and Old Street tube stations. Campus London has something for every remote worker, ranging from the free café to designated co-working spaces. The former is a freelancer’s dream, with free wifi, a constant supply of coffee and no pressure to purchase anything. All that’s required is free membership, activated through an orientation session held weekly. For something a little more established, the co-working space, run by TechHub, allows you to rent desks and conference rooms.
Keep an eye out for part two of our virtual working round-up on Friday.
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