9 Benefits Of Flexible Working Hours

We are living in the era of flexible working hours and co-working. A recent study by HSBC reported that 89% of employees believed flexible working was key for boosting productivity, whilst 54% of those surveyed by research firm Clutch said they’re more productive outside of a traditional office environment.

Here’s nine reasons why a flexible hours membership is both present and future. (And, yes, we know we’re biased but hear us out.)


Reduced costs and commitments

Whether you’re the owner of a small agency or solopreneur, flexible hours co-working memberships keep the costs down and your financial commitments limited. You can go month-to-month and not be wed to long-term office costs that can be such a drain in those early days. Sleepful nights are made of this.

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You can exercise more

The benefits of exercise are well-reported and the NHS itself calls it the the “miracle cure we've all been waiting for”. Having a flexible hours arrangement – either as a freelancer making your own timetable or with an employer – enables you to make your working hours fit in around the exercise, rather than vice versa. No more 6am slogs to the gym, no more 9pm runs in the rain. Do the exercise you want, your way, and see how it changes every aspect of your life.

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Perfect for the night workers

Obviously this wouldn’t work for all industries but for some people – looking at you writers and graphic designers – inspiration only comes with a setting sun. A flexible hours membership gets you out of your bedroom and into the real world.

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Life admin, be gone!

Whether its food shopping or the doctor’s, life admin is a responsibility we all have to face. Flexible working hours means you don’t have to spend your Saturday afternoon’s traipsing round Sainos or asking your boss for a Tuesday morning off to finally get that rash checked.

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You keep work at work

One commonly cited problem with a remote working culture is that the lines between the office and home are not just becoming blurred, but actively erased. As a result our overstimulated brains never get the downtime they so desperately need. Make a flexible hours membership work for you. Leave your computer at the office and stop trawling spreadsheets during The Great British Bake Off.

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Decrease child healthcare costs

The average cost of sending a child under two to nursery is £122.46 a week part time and £232.84 a week full time. Scale these costs up for multiple children and they can be debilitating. Flexible working hours enable you to work around your children’s needs, from nursery all the way to university. (Or at least high school.)

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Keep your own hours

Everyone works to a different beat. Some of us are morning dwellers, many (many) aren’t. Working to someone else’s hours is a major cause of stress. Imagine, for instance, arriving for work at 10.30 on a Monday rather than 8.30. Sayonara, Sunday Fear.

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Decreasing stress

Decreasing our exposure to stress is one of the greatest challenges facing our modern working culture. A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation saw 28% of millennials state that working through stress was expected in their job whist 34% said this stress made them less productive. By taking ownership of your working hours – vis-a-vis your life – you’ll be able to march to your own beat and feel better with every step.

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You are now the boss

In the UK, 4.8million people are self-employed or freelance, representing 15% of the population. This is a lot of people who are now the queens and kings of their work castle. A flexible hours working membership will truly give your ownership of your empire. Arise!

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The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nurtured, marinated in enthusiasm and cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Membership Assistant Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat.


Berlin Beats, Bison Eats and Holiday Retreats


September came through strong, with Bison Beer X Humble Plates food you can't go wrong. With brand new ski resorts and events of all sorts, take a gander into this month's INF9RMER.


With smiles and green concotions, OMGTea starts this months production, helping us indulge into Matcha Green Tea's health-kick secrets. Berlin-Brighton beats emanating through The North Laines, Markus Saarländer informs us on the upcoming techno night with EINMUSIK and the growing interest it gains. Next up was Lauren Pope and her fascinating upcoming event the Curio Conference, building up the well deserved curiosity.

This week beloved member Maddy, stepped into the limelight, her recently freelance Graphic Designs skills on offer, she gave us an insight. Bison Beer and Humble Plates have started cooking up a storm, their new lunch menu burgers I can tell you are on top form.

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The travel guru himself, Jesse Sharp the Travel Councellor, is offering 10% off travel over September, and will fly you off to somewhere spectacular. Altitude Ski and Snowboard school this month open their doors, to not their first, not their second but their third resort Gstaad, all equally as exciting as the last of course.

Fiona Bugler has brought Driven Women all the way down from London to Brighton, so the women of the south can rejoice in a supportive energetic event, of which the mind it will strengthen and enlighten. The School of the Wild's September event will yep, you guess it, be out in the Sussex countryside, networking, story-telling and all whilst helping the Green economy thrive!


Thank you to everyone who put in the time to offer news for this month's INF9RMER, if you have something you would like to include for September then contact Membership Assistant Matt.

Member Of The Week - Tim Healey

We welcome Tim Healey from Solution Smuggler to PLATF9RM, a man of many talents who has been telling us all about managing his home life with his business, whilst still finding the time to travel the world as a DJ.

Tim, you consider yourself a Solution Smuggler - as suggested in the name of your company of course - could you fill us in on what exactly this entails?

I’m a consultant supplying strategic, creative solutions for my clients. From idea sprints and workshops to re-branding, launching new products and pitch-doctoring. Currently I’m embedded on projects with Google Creative Labs in London, and Brighton’s leading digital design studio, Clearleft.


With backgrounds in many different job roles such as Creative Solutions, Copywriting and and Re-branding - how do you find juggling all this with your home life?

I have always worked for myself, and I also have 2 daughters, so juggling appears to come relatively easily to me. I am trying to get into the monastic discipline of only checking my emails twice a day, to minimise distraction - it’s a work in progress.


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You have a Master’s Degree in Journalism, do you find this is the backbone to the company you have started for yourself?

Writing considered 'copy' is key when communicating ideas. I love punting around prose and making it ‘pop’.


You are a rather new member here at PLATF9RM, how have you found yourself settling in to the community?

Both the Hove and Central Brighton spaces are great to work in. I’ve also met a load of like-minded busy individuals based in our fine city.


You joined us on the PLATF9RM Physical: Walkshop With Unknown Epic recently, how did you find this particular event and do any others take your fancy?

The Walkshop was fabulous and even included fresh coffee cooked up on top of the South Downs. I also got to meet some other PLATF9RM characters who I look forward to working with on future projects.


What can your business offer to your fellow members at PLATF9RM?

Sometimes companies may not have the staff capacity to improve their communications or turbo-boost their pitch to win new business. They worry about big agency day-rates and so avoid engaging anyone to help. That’s where I come in: I work closely with my clients, sharing their goals and aspirations, and match that with competitive pricing.


You’ve mentioned before that you DJ on the side of work and have in fact DJ’ed at some popular festivals, could you offer us a little more insight into this exciting venture?

I’ve had the good fortune to see the world through the lens of a globe-trotting DJ. I did it full time for many years, entertaining in clubs from New York to Auckland, and at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury (UK) and Fuji Rock (Japan). I ran my own labels, produced a slew of club cuts and and LPs and remixed artists from Pharrell to Gwen Stefani. It was a blast. I still dabble in my studio, release the odd tune and play the occasional deep house and techno set - I played Bimble Bandada Festival in July, and I'm doing an outdoor party for The Little People in Oxfordshire this September.


If you were to give a 3 minute presentation on a particular chosen subject, what would your chosen subject be?

I’m going to give a talk at the next Cereal Filler at PLATF9RM in Hove, on “Why Burning Man Festival, Nevada, USA, should be #1 on your bucket list” where I hope to explain why I've been back 3 times to the most inspirational festival on the planet.


If you could take your daughters anywhere in the world on holiday, where would you like to take them?

Venice: we’re going in October.


Thanks alot for chatting to us Tim, we'll have to keep you in mind as a DJ for our future Socials!

If you want to be a member at our space, get in touch for a tour and trial.

Member of The Week - Lauren Pope

Meet Lauren Pope, a freelance content strategist, adopted Brightonian and keen photographer.


Hi Lauren! So, you are a freelance content strategist. What led you down that path?

Growing up, I wanted to be a journalist, and I fell into the digital content world when I was University where I first started to write a few things here and there. Since then I’ve worked client side and agency side for the last 10 years. In April of this year I decided that I wanted a change and went freelance.


Having worked for companies such as uSwitch and Brilliant Noise you are now embarking on this new adventure of being freelance. What is the biggest challenge of making this ‘switch’ from inhouse to freelance? (no pun intended)

Good question. I think the biggest challenge of going freelance so far has been trying to find my niche and finding the right clients and getting in contact with them. Also, when I was in a team of 40 you had people in the office who specialised. So, for example when data needed to be analysed, there would be someone in the office would specialise this. I don’t have this same luxury being freelance!


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What stakeholders do you currently have and are there any you are looking to connect with?

The Charity Samaritans are a main client of mine, and they have been amazing. I’m looking to work with a more diverse group of clients, with charities and arts organisations particularly in mind. I am actually running a conference here at PLATF9RM for the Brighton Digital Festival, which is something I wouldn’t have had time to do before I went freelance. It’s called Curio and takes place on the 11th October between 9:30 and 16:30. It is primarily themed around content and curiosity. Speakers will be telling stories about following their curiosity and how it lad to interesting outcomes. It’s a non-profit 'pay-what-you-can' event with proceeds going to the Clock Tower Sanctuary. It would be great to see as many PLATF9RMER's as possible!

What about P9 caught your eye the most and why did you choose it?

Seeing the Sea from my office! That was thing I really missed when I left my old job and started working at home. I also have old friends who are members here and encouraged me to join. There’s a big digital content community here within PLATF9RM .

If you could possess one superpower what would It be?

I’d love to be able to Fly, as it would be so convenient…and cool! There would also be no Southern Rail delays, and I could get to exactly where I wanted quickly!

You’ve got a big interest in photography… what is your favourite photo you’ve taken?

I think it has to be one that I took last year of the starlings over the pier… I still want to take it again as it's not perfect! Brighton is a great place for photography and it has some really great photographers too!

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You describe yourself as an adopted Brightonian. What makes Brighton different and what do you love about the city?

I’ve lived here for about 15 years. I love being close to the Downs and the sea. There’s also a brilliant art scene, fantastic culture and the growth in the last 5 or 6 years in the Digital business sector means starting a business here is now possible.

How is Brighton different to where you’ve lived before?

Everything! I lived in a small village in the Midlands and Brighton couldn’t be more different! If I’d stayed up there work would’ve been a lot harder as I couldn’t even get a bus out the village!

Finally... You have to choose one song at a karaoke to sing off by heart without getting the lyrics wrong. What is it?

Now that’s a difficult question… (pauses). It would have to be Hands of Love by Kate Bush!

A very insightful chat - thank you Lauren!

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