This is part of the series: How to work remotely from Buenos Aires
Although I had never been a freelancer before this past year, I had heard enough stories of what NOT to do in order to lay out a list of best practices:
– Be careful of procrastination and don’t spend all day in your pajamas
– Beware of new food patterns (ice cream for breakfast!) and sleep cycles (work till 3am, sleep till noon!)
– Stick to a workout routine and take frequent breaks
– Self-employment taxes are a whole new ballgame; hire a pro
And finally, many people suffer social shock when going from a bustling office of dozens of co-workers to sitting at a computer alone in your apartment with no human contact for days on end (the food delivery guy doesn’t count). Advice for that was to check out a co-working space.
What are the advantages of a coworking space?
I’ll let the co-founder of New Work City, a co-working space in Manhattan explain:
My friend Nate and I have worked at various coworking spaces all around New York, so it only made sense to search for one while working abroad. As luck would have it, I found one called Urban Station literally 3 minutes from my hotel. (Note: I have no affiliation with them whatsoever and was not compensated in any way, I just thought it was a cool space; I didn’t try any of the other coworking spaces in BA).
While many days were spent checking email from my hotel room or writing for an hour or so at a cafe, there were 3 days during my 12 day stay that I stepped up to a coworking space so that I had the focus, the resources, and the posture to crank out major chunks of work.
See my video review of the Urban Station Coworking Space in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires: