I spend a big chunk of my week working from home. Whatever needs doing for the blog is scheduled, mostly, in between the hours of 8.30 am and 3.30 pm Tuesday to Thursday. Sure, I put in some evening and weekend time too but I try to keep it all to these hours unless something crops up. Working from home takes a lot of dedication and focus and for a procrastinator like me, this sometimes causes its own issues.
Whilst the blog is still pretty much my hobby, its safe to say that I put in more hours than I do at my employed job. And it takes up a lot more of my time too, despite the lack of commute and the ability to do what I need to do in my PJ’s. A blessing and a curse. Especially if people know you are home and need a quick favour or a lift.
My desk is in my bedroom.
I have recently moved it so I can just about see out of the window. When looking for inspiration I can people watch. It makes me feel a little less isolated. Which in itself can be another issue when working from home. There is nothing more isolating than spending days alone and for some, myself included – despite my love of solitude, it can be counterproductive some days.
But recently on a drive, I noticed a sign for workspaces to rent and it got me thinking. The blog earns an income for me regularly month to month, should I be considering renting office space and would this help me be more productive?
There are so many options to consider when deciding if you need to rent office space for your business, whatever industry you are in. The main ones being cost and location. You ideally would want somewhere close to home and caters to everything you would need to work productively on a day to day basis. For me, I would need a desk, storage and a good source of light along with a reliable internet connection.
Looking at location, I live pretty close to Liverpool City Centre, but on the Wirral side of the Mersey. In most cases, it is actually easier for me to get to Liverpool than most places considered to be local to me. So deciding on renting office space in Liverpool wouldn’t really be a huge distance for me to travel. Providing the office space was centrally located and easy to reach, this would definitely be a viable option for me.
Of course, this doesn’t come without cost.
So factoring in what you have to spend each month and you would require from your workspace is an important decision. There are so many different options available depending on where you look or what you need. For example, companies such as Signature Works have different workspaces available at different prices so you can build your own office as you prefer. For people who work alone and via the internet like I do, the option of a shared desk could be a way to meet new people and make it feel like you are still part of a team. Or even having your own desk in a shared workspace would be beneficial to yourself.
Personally, I prefer silence when I am working.
I am at my most productive first thing in the morning. I struggle to work around noise and hustle and bustle when I am writing so if I was to decide to make the leap from working from home to renting office space, I think a private office could possibly work the best for me. But this isn’t a decision I am making lightly. I do love the freedom working from home gives me, but as I continue to build and grow my blog, along with starting (yes, finally) to write that all elusive novel, will my small space in the corner of my bedroom still cater to all my needs, or will I need to look at branching out more and taking the plunge to doing and not just considering renting office spaces?
*disclaimer: a collaborative post*