Freelance work is fantastic: there are so many benefits aside from the fact that you often need to work in numerous roles in addition to the creative, including sales, accountancy and (maybe not always so easy) customer service.
Meeting with clients and building relationships is another advantage, but for many freelancers it’s not so easy to host clients if you work from home, and crouching over lattes on the couches at Starbucks doesn’t set the right tone, either.
Client meetings are not the only things that can damage your business image. Sending correspondence from an address in the suburbs and holding conference calls with children playing in the background isn’t ideal. You may not be ready to move permanently to a business park in the middle of town, but there are other options.
Have a look at these meeting rooms that are available from sites such as i2 Office. Taking out a serviced office package can provide freelancers with access to fully furnished office suites, receptionist and administrative services, leading IT and communications technology and access to corporate boardrooms, meeting and reception rooms.
Whereas renting furnished offices can take a significant amount of time and cost, hiring temporary office space means you could be operational in as little as 24 hours, and there are no lengthy leases, only the same facilities, services and infrastructure of a big company but at a portion of the cost.
There’s also the option of a virtual office package, which is an office without the desks and the chairs. However, you have the support of a prestigious business address, mail forwarding and call forwarding, so that no one needs to know exactly where the magic happens.