When I began announcing to friends and family that I was quitting my full-time office job to start working at home as a freelance writer, I received some mixed reactions. There was the cheerful and encouraging, “Congratulations!” And there was of course the happy-yet-confused, “Does this mean you’re pregnant?” At the time the answer was nope, not pregnant, but fast forward to 18 months later and now here I am, balancing being a mom to my 7-month-old along with a full workload. Talk about being a work-from-home parent.
Although I love spending my days with my son, I’ve recently found myself wondering about the benefits of co-working spaces, and wondering if co-working spaces are worth it when you're a work-from-home mom? Would it be worth the financial trade-off for a little adult conversation and a semblance of a “real” workplace? Yes, the flexibility to care for my son throughout the day is awesome, but I’d be lying if I said focusing my energy on raising him hasn’t taken a toll on my career. Realizing that sometimes I need a space to concentrate that isn't full of distractions, I decided to dig a little deeper into the pros and cons of co-working spaces, and here’s what I discovered: