We talked recently about the benefits of getting your own office — even if you could work from home. There is another nice option for getting out of the house without setting yourself up in a permanent office location: coworking spaces.
If you're just starting your life as a solopreneur, this might be a better option until you're ready for an office of your own.
You'll have to pay rent, of course, but it won't run nearly as high as getting your own office space. You'll also have access to office equipment you would otherwise have to buy yourself.
Chances are you won't have to commit to a long lease like you would in a traditional office situation. If after a month or two you realize you need a different environment, or if you have enough money to afford your own office, you can move on.
Every day, you'll see people who may or may not have anything to do with your line of work. Still, they might know someone who can help you, they might offer a service you're looking for, or they might become your customers or your new Friday night happy hour group. It's a win any way you look at it. All the while, you'll be learning about other industries and how they might connect with your own.
Even though you're all working on separate projects, there's still that sense of "we're all in this together" since many of your new co-workers are probably solopreneurs themselves. You're all facing many of the same challenges and can share ideas for overcoming the obstacles.
Now, not all coworking spaces are super-fancy, but shop around and see what's available. You might end up with access to anything from free coffee and a game room to an on-site gym and massage chair — probably not amenities you'll find in a home office.
Do you work in a co-working space? What has your experience been like?