It’s as easy to talk yourself out of a collaborative workspace as it is to justify the cost. No matter your work situation, whether working for yourself or someone else, deciding on whether or not to take the proverbial leap should make it to the top of your list of business decisions to make in the New Year. Here are some common objections debunked.

It’s too expensive

Working from home might seem like the obvious solution to working remotely or running a startup, until you take into account the cost of everything from reliable internet and office supplies to added utilities. With part-time, full-time, executive, and even virtual memberships, there’s a plan to match your budget and needs. Not to mention, it’s tax deductible for business owners and independent contractors.

It’s too noisy

If your job requires you to be on the phone a lot, consider private phone booths your haven for making those all-important conference calls. Conversely, personal desk spaces and nooks give you the privacy to throw on your headphones and get the task at hand done, while taking breaks to network over coffee.

There are too many distractions

Chances are, if you think you’ll get more done working from home, you’re not taking into account work-life balance and the opportunity to network and find creative inspiration. And unlike setting up for the day in a coffee shop, everyone at a collaborative workspace is there with the same goal and with the same level of respect for others in the same situation.

There’s no need to network

Sole entrepreneurs and independent contractors typically join collaborative workspaces for the opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals, but when working remotely for another company, it’s easy to dismiss the opportunity to develop your own professional persona without the pressure of fellow coworkers in the same physical space.

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