What co working means to me

This is a question I sometimes dread because the answer is, quite honestly, it depends on what day of the week it is! I juggle multiple things which is on less-good days exhausting (I only took three days off in the whole of 2018) and on good days exciting and motivating. 

What’s the saying, ‘If you want something doing, ask a busy person’… that’s me!

I have been using the co working area of the Royal Quays Business Centre for the last few months and I have seen the growth of not just co working, but meeting rooms and offices too. There is a real buzz around the place now and always a handful of friendly faces around to bounce ideas, share a joke or just take a few moments out from ‘the madness’ at lunchtime. 

So, what do I actually do for a living? The short way of telling people what I do is to say I am a content writer. I manage three quite large social media contracts for businesses largely connected to running, and I also have a publishing contract with Bloomsbury Sport with whom I am writing my first book which will be released in October 2020. Aside from that I am the area coordinator in Newcastle for the running charity GoodGym which combines being active with doing good deeds in the community, I also run and coach runners towards their own personal goals. No two days are ever the same, and as an ex teacher that is something I really value.

The Royal Quays Business Centre is the perfect place for me to focus on one thing at a time and do it really well- it just depends on what day of the week it is as to what I am there for! Here are some of the top reasons it’s my go-to place to work.

It’s hassle-free to get to I can drive there in less than 10 minutes from my home south of the Tyne, and on good weather days I can cycle, using the recently opened Pedestrian Tunnel it’s a great motivator to get out in the fresh air. Heaps of free parking on site is also a big draw.

The wifi is outstanding I always wait until my “office days” before even attempting to share or create videos online. I can do this at a fraction of the time it would take me to do at home or a local coffee shop. Printing facilities are available too, meaning I don’t have to dig out my dusty old printer at home and have the inevitable battle with cables and cartridges.

I can escape to make phone calls and know I won’t be disturbed there are a number of meeting rooms and spaces available to dive into. The office manager is always really accommodating- some of my writing calls can last two hours at a time and I have never once been disturbed or asked to move! 

The meeting rooms are great again, this comes from the Royal Quays Business Centre being so accommodating. I have booked and used meeting rooms for face-to face catch ups and even to record a presenting stint on a podcast!

You can get a change of scenery in less than 20 paces .. the break-out areas are great. After sitting at a desk for an hour or two I often feel stiff and uncomfortable (runners’ legs!) and there are comfy sofas and chairs standing by whenever I want to make a move. I have also used standing desk area which is a welcome change of pace too!