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How a Writer Can Benefit from a Virtual Office

By Garrett Spence   |    August 7, 2017   |    9:06 AM

 

The Benefits of Virtual Office Spaces and Solutions for Freelance Writers

Freelance writers across all industries and specialties know how hard it can be to get their best work done. Finding a quiet, distraction-free place to work from is one challenge. Writers also have to manage their admin tasks, marketing, and more.

Today we’re talking to Megan Hettwer, a freelance copywriter from Boulder, Colorado. She’ll share 4 of the top reasons why virtual office spaces and services are one of the best business investments you can make as a writer. If you’re a writer who’s considering joining a coworking space or using virtual office services, keep reading!

1. “I get so distracted working from home or from coffee shops. With a coworking space, I know I’ll always have a place where I can get work done.”

Laundry, vacuuming, pets, the couch, talking to fellow coffee shop goers… it’s easy to get distracted at home or at the local coffee shop. Virtual office spaces, like coworking spaces, remove all of those distractions.

You simply walk in, sit down at your workstation (or go to your office), and get to work. The coffee and tea is already taken care of, too.

2. “Working alone is, well, lonely. I missed collaborating with other people in an office setting, but I didn’t want to work in an office on a set schedule again. Coworking solved that problem for me.”

Many writers and other freelancers are drawn to the flexible schedule that working for yourself offers. But, there are clear downsides to being a solopreneur.

Working from a virtual office space, whether that’s a coworking space in an open office or even a designated office that you rent, fixes that problem handily. Writers can keep a flexible working schedule without all of the isolation because virtual offices bring professionals from a variety of industries together under one roof.

If you’re lucky, you might even find a few fellow remote workers who are willing to review drafts and offer suggestions for your writing projects.

3. “It’s so easy to network in a virtual office setting, and there are always new, interesting people to meet and collaborate with.”

There’s more to virtual office spaces than simply being around people — they also make professional networking a breeze.

That could mean meeting potential clients, or even making connections with fellow creatives who can help you grow your business. Writers will meet people who have complementary skills, like graphic designers and web developers, which can help them enhance the services they offer.

4. “I really hate doing administrative tasks, like invoicing or updating my website. Hiring a virtual assistant to help me out saved me time and sanity.”

An administrative task like preparing and sending invoices might seem small. But, if it’s a task you really don’t like doing, these small projects can feel like a big imposition. That’s how Megan felt, and allowing a virtual assistant to take over the admin side of things saved her time and got rid of some stress. Virtual assistants are also great for projects you can do (like updating your website), but that aren’t part of your stronger skills.

That means writers will have more time, energy, and headspace to create content for their clients, which is great news for everyone.