Most freelancers/business people work from home–especially when they are just starting out. Using space and equipment that you already have makes sense. Working from home is convenient because not only will you save up on costs, but you also use to your advantage the space and equipment that you already have. But what will you do when your business is in a situation where you need to consider having an office space?
This post is made to help you examine some of the things you would consider when or when not to consider an office space for your business.
To rent an office space
You have a lot of face-to-face meetings with your clients, but your house does not have enough space for you to hold these meetings; you now have local employees or staff that you need to constantly work with; children or pets may be too noisy and distract you from doing your work well; you don’t have a space in your house assigned for you where you can get some peace and quiet to go about your business; your business is doing great that growth is slowly taking place—and that usually means your business will be eventually kicked out of your business; so on and so forth.
These are just some of the telltale signs that your business may need to move out of your house to the office space made just for it.
Why an office space maybe good for you
- Life-Work: Organized
One of the key advantages of having an office for your freelance business is organization. When things go out of hand, you can easily mix up everyday living with your business that you get confused. And not only you, but your family, friends, and others get confused as well. With an office, your household bills and personal papers can be kept at home, while all your work materials, reports, receipts can be kept at your office. This division helps you stay organized. This organization helps you to focus on your work. Having a clearer mind will make you more productive.
- Work-Mode: Activated!
Having an office space outside of home when you’re ready to work, allows you to switch on and off a “work mode” mindset. The idea of going to work motivates you to focus on your business and be productive. Additionally, friends and family members will know that you are going to work. This will hopefully make sure that they do not make disruptions while you. Disruptions in your work flow hold back business growth. Office space makes your job appear more official, more professional, and more legitimate.
One of the big drawbacks of a business at home is distractions. With an actual workspace set in an office, you eliminate more than half of your distractions. No more long hours in front of the TV, less chit-chat on the phone, and lesser chances of you getting caught up in unimportant things.
A successful business requires the right workspace. Experienced business owners know that soon you will need to make some drastic changes in order to advance productivity. Often an office space totally outside of your house is part of that process. If you have enough money saved up and your monthly income from your business affords you an office space, the investment can benefit you in the long run. Remember the word, investment. When done at the right time and in the right way, investments always yield more income and wonderful returns.
What do you think? Have you experienced this in your business? How did you weigh things? What thoughts were involved before you finally decided to go out of your house to have an office space? What do you like to add?
Let us all know in the comments!