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Hello Crowdholders, 

 

Recently we wrote an article about the rise of coworking spaces. You can check out the article here. In the article we talk about how the increasing number of freelancers entering the global market, has brought a rise of coworking spaces popping up globally. 

 

As many of you also have experience with freelancing, we would like to get knowledge of where you prefer to work from. And if you are an employer, do you have flexible home/office hours during your weekly schedule. And what do you prefer?



 

Questions to consider for freelancers: 


 

Are you one of those that like to work from home? 

 

Or are you more out and about and spend time a cafe’s or go to coworking spaces? 

 

Basically how does your work schedule look like as a freelancer? A typical day/week.



 

Questions to consider for employers: 


 

How flexible are your work hours with home or office?

 

Do you have to be in from 9 to 5 at the office every day? What does your routine look like?

 

We look forward to hearing from you!


 

Cheers, 

 

CryptoTask Team 





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For me, I really didn't work as a full-time freelancer but really did a lot of different jobs, it was all in a bid to make things work out and find a good footing to start on. so since i had a lot of time in doing things i planed my day into sections to have a perfect fit so that i would be able to meet all my target. i really didn't use external working environment because my house had all i needed so i worked most time indoors.

 

now as an employed worker i work usually from 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, i plan things out over the weekends and set targets for myself.

life is good for me and i am pretty much get the hang of my new job and finding the perfect start to it.

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1 week ago

E Yizzy guru

Both as a salaried employer and as an independent businessperson I have always had to have a mix of home/office and field. Can't have too much of one or the other, otherwise I lose balance a little bit. The types of work I take on change accordingly to that nature. Usually if I see that I'm getting cabin fever a little bit then I'll mix things up and take meetings or just work out of a cafe or something. WeWork and coworking spaces are also very big where I'm located. 

1 week ago

Anton Shvein

I have 10 years of experience developing hight-loaded and distributed software

Hi. 

I have experience in both: employment for 5 years and freelancing / small business for 3+ years. 

As an employee, I was working ordinary 5 days week per 8 hrs. We had a good and helpful team and a comfortable office.

I was able to leave my working desk when needed for reasonable time periods and purposes, eg. for going to a lawyer, doctor, etc.  

Right now I'm working as a freelancer, but building a remote team around me that assists with my business. I rent a small office for myself and meetings. I prefer to work there. But in some cases, I work from home, hotel or some other places during travelling. To be honest, it's hard for me and I prefer the office for work and all the rest for family and rest.

I use the Pomodoro timer to organize time.

I hope my post help you.

1 week ago

Pomodoro is great, especially for freelancers, work from home or students. I love it too.

4 days ago

Karen M guru

Some people need that structure for work

3 days ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

1. As an employee my work time is kinda flexible because I usually have about 2hrs of free time in between, so I use this time to get things done and also to free Lance.

2. During work time I am always at the office, outside work time I am at home, working on different projects. So basically my day is always filled up with activities. 

I am so happy because for me now, there is a perfect sync between my office life and my house life. I am only working to make it better. 

1 week ago

i want to attain that too. office-home life balance.

5 days ago

Karen M guru

Sometimes that balance is difficult to attain and maintain

3 days ago

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NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

1. As a free Lancer I prefer to work from home, because for me it is more convenient, and because I don't like moving around and usually work from home time spent in moving around can be put into better use. And Also it is easier to arrange my work area to meet my particular needs and because I get a lot of different jobs I can arrange my work space according to what I need at that particular moment.

2. I usually sometimes like going to a hub or such to work mostly due to the extra amenities I can get there, resources that will help me a lot, most times wifi connectivity when ever I want to download large files. 

3. For me I have dedicated hours outside work time, and as such I plan it such that I use these free periods to get things done. I am also usually with my phone and a jotter and I try to work when ever I get the slightest chance to do so. Since my work revolve many around graphics and web design so I can pretty much work in almost any condition.

 

1 week ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

Tip: I am open to contract, as a free Lancer. Incase you need me. 😁😁😁

1 week ago

i would call you when i need you.

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1 week ago

In my experience with the freelancer, working at home or in the cafe seemed to be much more convenient and capable. If it's a joint work, of course, I think it's also necessary to discuss and work together in the office. But I think it's better to work in the office only when needed rather than every day, and it's more efficient to see, discuss and work on a weekly basis. It would be nice to work six hours a day at home or in the office.

From the employer's point of view, it would be a good idea to make a weekly work contract if necessary, and then determine wages and additional work depending on the outcome.

1 week ago

Presently doing an office job divided by shifts, working even on Sundays once in a while. Anyone can consider it flexible according the rest of the day how is spent. But in general I would say is not that flexible and will try to ask some changes in that sense. 

1 week ago

As an employer, first I want to say that by doing a PhD, my conditions are quite favourable hehe.

Answering questions:

How flexible are your work hours with home or office?
In my case, the flexibility is very great. Well, although many days I have to go to the office for meetings or some experiment/essay, the other days I can choose whether to work from home or from the office, depending on the tasks to be done or my interests.

 

Do you have to be in from 9 to 5 at the office every day? What does your routine look like?
No, in this case, there is also wide flexibility. I don't have a clock-in or clock-out time, but I do have to work about 7 hours a day (either at home or at the office). Then most days I enter between 9 and 10:30 and leave between 16:00 and 17:30.

1 week ago

Karen M guru

What kind of work do you do?

1 week ago

I am doing a PhD, and consequently, I work as a Researcher and University teacher.

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ahmed musa guru

My work hours involve mainly equipment maintenance as a maintenance engineer, so the flexibiltiy here low.

A typical day involves beating the traffic to get to work before 8am which is about 45mins for a journey that should not take more than 15mins, checking for absentees and the manpower available, going round the plant to check the that the equipment are working at optimum conditions, keeping record of material and equipment down time and ways to reduce them, and beating the traffic on the way back home.

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1 week ago

Ebuka Okafor new user

As a freelancer, I love working from home.

My schedule involves waking up by 5, having that cup of coffee, running till 7, then hitting the shower, and by 8:30, I'm already filling out all my jobs. It's a really rewarding process as I only leave my house when I want to. 

1 week ago

Karen M guru

What type of freelancing do you do? Is the work plentiful?

1 week ago

TOM STEEL guru

I currently work as a freelancer during the day while I work in my company in the mornings, so I will give my view from both perspectives.

1.

as a freelancer, I prefer working from home, and when I am at home I usually set targets and plans so that I will not be easily distracted. and I work in a very good condition so that I will be able to get the maximum output from my job.

I sometimes go out to work. but rarely if I am going to work outside my house then I usually plan ahead to ensure that the place will be conducive for me to work in.

and my time table is usually simple, I separate my todo list into two, work to do form the office and a personal (freelance) todo so as such when I am at work I face those of my job and when I get back I focus on those that need to be done.

2.

as an employee, I work in the mornings usually from 9 am to 1 or 2 pm. and I always have to report in the office during working days from Monday to Friday, I don't go to work on Fridays but can work from home if there is a need for such.

 

1 week ago

NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

What's your main area of work, Tom.

1 week ago

tom, nice work life also.

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2 weeks ago

dr dent18 guru

I can do both in my job so I'm happy as long as I get paid well.

2 weeks ago

Sam BTC expert

Just a common Crypto enthusiast.. Wait crypto is not common it's special :)

I have a 9 to 6 job which requires working from my base office location or travelling to work directly from the client location. I do some freelance crytpo work remotely which is very limited currently.

However in the future I see the scope of freelance to grow enormously due to following factors:

  • Shifting Economy: Looking at current trends the secure 9 to 6 jobs will soon be a think of the past. Due to recession and economic presures companies will be unable to maintain large workforce when they don't have large pipelines of continuous work for traditional skills. there is already a heavy demand of freelance workers who have special new skills like blockchain, digital, big data etc.
  • Work Life balance: Current 9 to 6 jobs don't give employees the flexibilty to maintain time for their friends and family. Freelance work gives freedom to be flexible with your work committments so you can also give time to family. This attracts many people to move from fixed work to freelance
  • Pension Elimination: many countries are scrapping or reducing pension support. This was the main motivation to do a 9 to 6 job till you retire. With no pension support more and more people will move to freelance work

2 weeks ago

Tommy Leduc

No Money No Funny

yes work at home its a dream .... but work on project we like and in same time at home ...wow i hope one day this will be my life

2 weeks ago

I prefer to work from home or remotely from any place of my convenience. Coworking spaces aren't bad but if given am option, I won't opt for it.

My time is flexible and I always make time for extra activities.

2 weeks ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

I don't necessarily like to work from home but I can work from home. Currently, I'm trying to start some personal projects and I pretty much have some time on my hands when not busy. Regardless of how the work is, I can adapt to it within a few days owing to how I operate.


Considering how much of an extrovert I am, I do like to socialize and really enjoy working alongside coworkers. With respect to coworking spaces, I think they are great for freelancers and I love the atmosphere they provide. I've been to Impact Hub in Accra, one of the branches of the coworking spaces you mentioned in your article. I've also been to another coworking space called the Goethe Institut in Accra. It's actually a German institute here but they do have a coworking space. Coworking spaces are great for networking. I've met lots of freelancers, entrepreneurs and even investors over there. So yea, I love coworking spaces.

I haven't had a job as a freelancer for quite a long time now so you can say I don't really have a schedule. Arguably, I'd say it's adaptative and flexible.

2 weeks ago

I am a work from home person but unfortunately I have a 9/7 job. I would love to mind opportunities that would allow me quit my inconvenient job 

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

Hi Xery, I see you just came back after being gone a few months. Welcome! Check out all the tasks here and add your thoughts.

2 weeks ago

I'm emplooyee so follow the answers

1) Some delays are torelable, work on weekends are unusual

2) Yes, I have 30 minutes of commuting with heavy traffic both ways from my house to office. Break time for lunch and a weak wifi connection.

Thanks and good luck again!

2 weeks ago

Karen M guru

I much prefer to work from home. I am currently looking for work I can do from home, but many scams are out there. I would love a flexible schedule and since I'm a self starter, I could accomplish a great deal. When I have work to do, I get it done. I realize some folks need more structure, so an office setting would be more suitable to them. I do miss out on mingling with coworkers, but at the same time, I avoid any conflict.

2 weeks ago