Co-working attracts people from all sorts of fields. In our space alone, we have photographers, freelancers, educators, heads of non-profits, writers, coders and case managers. And that’s just a sampling. Almost anyone can benefit from a fun, supportive work environment, but co-working is especially great for those who are thinking of going out on their own and starting their own business.

Speaking of starting your own business, here is a great post with some things to keep in mind before quitting your day job:

How to Prepare for Self-Employment

Once you’ve cut the cord, it’s tempting to pinch pennies every way you can. After all, breaking free of a corporate structure and starting your own business is a financially unstable time. Working from home is economical, but it can take a toll on your long-term productivity.

Networking is a critical part of building a business. Opportunities are much less likely to come your way when you are sitting on your couch in your PJs than when you are out and about, getting to know others in your community. And in a coworking environment, you have the added benefit of networking with people in fields other than your own. This kind of collaboration allows you to troubleshoot with people who might not have an intimate knowledge of your field, thus allowing you to approach any issues you are having from a perspective you might not have otherwise considered.

There are other benefits, too, including a public place for meeting with investors, clients, and advisors. No matter how professional your online presence, meeting in your living room, or in a crowded coffee shop gives off a less-than-professional vibe.

Also, perhaps most importantly, it can be easy to lose your work/life balance when you are caught up in the thrall of an exciting new venture. Having a structured place outside the home for “work” can help you to remember to draw that line and to save some time for family and friends, or even just yourself.

Starting your own business is a big (and often scary) leap. Don’t forget to surround yourself with people who can support and encourage you!