5 Signs ItΓÇÖs Time to Move On from Your Home Office
The home office ΓÇô itΓÇÖs a great place to start when youΓÇÖre setting up a business, but there comes a time in many a homeworkerΓÇÖs professional life when it no longer fits the bill. Here are five signs youΓÇÖre ready to move on from your home office.
1. YouΓÇÖre not as productive as youΓÇÖd like to be
You were looking forward to the relaxed environment of working from homeΓÇª unfortunately, itΓÇÖs a little too relaxed and youΓÇÖre not getting enough done.
Whether itΓÇÖs household chores, kicking back watching the TV or simply taking too many tea breaks, itΓÇÖs all too easy to get distracted when you work from home. Before you know it, youΓÇÖre behind schedule and burning the midnight oil to catch up.
For many people, having to get up, dressed and commute to the office helps get them into the work frame of mind. ItΓÇÖll also take you away from distractions like the laundry or TV.
2. YouΓÇÖre lonely
At first, it sounded great ΓÇô a quiet space all to yourself, no distractions from chattering colleagues, the chance to find focus and get loads of work done. But now you actually miss the chatter and the camaraderie that comes from office life ΓÇô or rather, from sharing office life with other people.
Moving into a co-working space could be the solution ΓÇô youΓÇÖll get co-workers from different companies, and many will actually be running their own businesses too. So as well as getting some company, youΓÇÖll have the opportunity to make some new business contacts and trade tips on running your own business too.
3. You need to make a more professional impression
Your home office is looking pretty stylish ΓÇô but that doesnΓÇÖt mean you want to invite clients in for meetings. Now your business is at the stage where youΓÇÖve established a number of clients, and meeting requests are becoming more and more frequent.
While youΓÇÖre not quite ready to hire a whole boardroom just yet, having a dedicated office space ΓÇô with a professional business address ΓÇô is the next step for establishing the reputation of your business as a serious professional player.
4. YouΓÇÖre ready to hire
Home working was fine ΓÇô until you needed to take on an employee, that is. And while you could give your new hire the opportunity to work from their own home, maybe nowΓÇÖs the time to step things up a gear.
After all, working together in the office will make it easier to build a rapport, provide all the right training and find out what they can contribute to your business. It should also get you chatting about the business ΓÇô and who knows what new ideas might spring up?
5. YouΓÇÖre struggling to find work-life balance
Working from home might have started out as a way to establish a better work-life balance, but what with the long hours and the fact that your office takes up a whole room in your home, itΓÇÖs getting more and more difficult to find some downtime away from work.
Even when youΓÇÖre not actually working, your home office is still there ΓÇô a reminder of what you need to do. More than anything you need to establish some mental breathing space.
So you want to establish a proper divide between your work life and your home life. Renting an office gives you two separate spaces ΓÇô one dedicated to work and one dedicated to your homelife. Best of all, with your office several miles away, itΓÇÖll be a whole lot easier to forget work once you close that door.
As an added bonus, youΓÇÖll get your spare room back. Maybe turn it into a games room instead?
Do you work from home? Or in an office? Which do you prefer?
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