People are becoming increasingly entrepreneurial. They’re trading in their rigid nine-to-five schedules in favor of working for themselves on their terms, often in a work-from-home setting. As many benefits as remote work provides, it also creates numerous complications that are making many freelancers and entrepreneurs rethink their workspace.
If you’re still working from your living room couch or local coffee shop, consider these five reasons why you might need to make the switch to a private office.
1. No Distractions of Working at Home
Right in the middle of a client call or important meeting, the doorbell rings, the dog barks, or the kids come home from school. The pile of dirty dishes in the sink is calling your name, and you need to start your laundry “because it only takes a second.”
These little distractions can be major time and profit killers. You might not realize how much of your day is spent not working because things at home are creeping onto your radar.
2. Networking Opportunities
When you work at home, you miss out on valuable networking opportunities that can help you to grow your business. This is one of the biggest selling points of working in a private office or shared office because you’re surrounded by fellow business owners who are eager to connect. Who knows who you might meet on a daily basis?
3. Professional Meeting Space
Entertaining clients at your home doesn’t exactly send off the professional vibe most people want. If you have a private office or shared coworking space, it’s easy to have a professional face-to-face meeting. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up before your client arrives.
Anyone can have a home office, but businesses that invest in their office space may appear more credible and successful. It shows you care about your business’s image and are doing well enough to justify the expense.
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5. High-Level Amenities for a Low Cost
When you work at home, you’re footing the bill for everything you need: copier, fax machine, internet, furniture — the costs can add up quickly. Plus, most home offices don’t have professional meeting spaces, projectors, whiteboards, and other amenities that can help you take care of business.
Coworking spaces offer all of these things and more. You only pay for what you use and don’t have to worry about expensive upkeep.
Where Will Your New Office Be?
Coworking spaces are thriving in the midst of the freelance revolution, namely because they make it easier for solo and startup enterprises to get all the same advantages of a real office space without paying the typically high price of an office.
Sure, you’ll have to put up with a commute and your fridge won’t be within arm’s reach, but if it means building your business on your terms better than you could from home, the long-term payout will be more than worth it.
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