Hot Desking for Freelancers

August 6, 2023


‘Hot desking’ is a good alternative to working from home for any freelancer. 

Midvale Company employee Elaine Regen, Payroll Department, main office, December 1951

One of my friends, unhappy with her boss and tired of working long hours, recently quit her big agency job and started freelancing as a graphic designer. We’ve sat together over some coffee and thought about all the pros and cons of freelancing. The possibility of choosing when you work and what you work on is obviously great, but we got a little concerned about getting the work done.

Most of the freelancers I know work from home and this can be full of disruptions. There is always some background noise, neighbour’s dog barks and kids on the street scream.  I’ve recently seen more and more Internet platforms (ShareDesk, The Melting Pot in Edinburgh, LooseCubes, to mention few) listing single desks, conference rooms or even entire office floors. While renting such a space is a fantastic opportunity for everyone travelling in business, it also is a great solution for all the freelancers to straggling with getting the job done.

While there are many options of payment, usually you pay a monthly rent which will instantly make you get up in the morning and make the most of the space you’re renting. Depending on the location, spaces are going for around £200 a month. While it’s an extra cost, you might end up working harder and earing more, so the investment is worth your consideration. Another benefit comes with the flexibility of the service. You can ‘move in’ to your new desk within an hour from making a booking and, most of the time, you don’t need to give any notice before resigning from the rent. In case you need some time alone, in most places, there is an option to book a separate room.

While finding new clients and staying in control of your money are some of the cons of the self-employment, it can’t be the only thing you think about. I know many freelancers who find it hard to draw the line between their work and private life. They often work even in their free time and end up stressed and tired. There is something very therapeutic about shutting the office door behind and leaving the work behind and having a separate working space will definitely help any freelancer.

Sharing an office space with like-minded people can also be a great opportunity to network and meet potential partners. Also remember that other people ‘hot desking’ next you, though might be working on different projects, share your freelance worries and problems. Of course, it is not for everyone. Some might  also find it too disruptive or even isolating. Moving from desk to desk means you will need to be more adoptable and flexible in your approach.

Have a look at the video below and take a tour around an office:

I’m interested in your views and experience with hot desking. Do you have any advice for other freelancers?


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  • Chris Radoszewski

    Nice post, most of my housemates are freelancers - some of them work all the time, whilst some are not motivated enough to get themselves to actually start doing anything. Hot desking seems like the right way to go for both kinds. Thanks!