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Working at Home

Jeremy writes a post on Working @ Home that got me thinking about my own home office set up and some of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to do so.

An opportunity came up for me to move out of home into an office with three other micro business owners – it was very tempting for a lot of reasons:

  1. the social interaction it would bring – blogging can be a lonely business
  2. the potential cross pollination of our businesses and opportunities it might bring
  3. social stigma attached to working at home – also the ability to bring a client to an office without worrying that they think you’re a two-bit substandard consultant working out of home because you can’t afford anything else
  4. he ability to have better boundaries between work and home life
  5. less distractions and the ability to concentrate more upon work without TVs, video games, kids etc
  6. shared resources/office equipment etc

Of course on the other side of things there are some distinct advantages of working at home like I do

  1. lower overhead costs
  2. less risk in working for self rather than having to worry if the other businesses would fall over
  3. being able to work from bed in boxer shorts til 2pm in the afternoon
  4. being more present in family life (I’m amazed how many dads now work at home and are present in the lives of their kids these days – this is very attractive to me – or will be when we try to start a family).

I have a love hate relationship with working from home and was tempted to move out and may still do it one day – however in the short term I think I’d rather put the money of hiring office space into buying a new house and other ventures.

Also read Tris on the same topic.

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  1. Jon Gales says:

    I think having a dedicated room for it is important, or at least make the room more co-function (not a bedroom with a laptop for example). Personally I would love a large loft type space that would combine business and pleasure, but that’s just me.

    I listen to music on speakers most of the time, so that helps keep the lack of interaction down. I also find myself going out to lunch or errands more often than I would in an office environment.

  2. tom says:

    The best situation I can think of is a big office space created entirely just for independently working entrepreneurs. I don’t know where such an office exists but it seems like a great concept.

    I wish there was some sort of club or organization in my area for entrepreneurs. It would be great to connect locally to other entrepreneurs and net heads.

  3. For those of you working from home, like me, I have a suggestion that could help bring in a few extra bucks here and there. Submit your old college papers, unpublished articles, and knowledge to Associated Content: http://www.associatedcontent.com . The pay isn’t enough to make a living on, but if you’re having a slow week, it is worth the time to write about what you know and get some money out of it. It’s also a good way to get links pointing back to your blog if you are an “expert” at something.

    Cheers,

    Everett

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  1. Neuvo says:

    Working from home … bliss!
    Do you work from home? I have read a few posts by Darren Rowse, Jeremy Wright and Tris Hussey on this topic and the perspectives they give are very interesting. For my part, I intend working from home while I develop my business/es for a number of re…