I appreciated this article in the Northampton paper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, about shared workspaces. There are several buildings in our region where freelancers and independent workers can rent space for a modest cost – “space” being anything from a shared desk to a private office. A great advantage to this approach is that you get to be around other people who are working in the same way you are, if not doing exactly the same kind of work.
Venues include Click in Northampton (right around the corner from the Roost), Co.Lab in Easthampton, The Commons in Williamsburg, Cultivate and Nest in Hadley, and the Writers’ Mill in Florence.
I once rented an unused office at a car dealership because our house was too small for me to have a quiet workspace. The need is there, and has been there for a long time.