Please note: This blog discusses the struggles of working at home in a pre-COVID-19 world. If you’re currently self-isolating and working from home, we’ve put together some tips to optimise your work situation until it can return to normal.
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With the rise of technology, the way people conduct business has completely shifted.
Across the world, an increasing number of people are working from home – converting spare rooms into offices or doing business from their kitchen table, whether they’re freelancers, or working remotely as part of a larger team.
With the convenience and flexibility that remote working offers, it’s easy to figure out why people can be charmed into being ‘home-bound’.
Indeed, working from home lets you set your own time and frees you from a daily commute, but eventually many learn that working from home is not 100% luxury and convenience.
Working from home has advantages, but is not always a ‘bed of roses’. There are days you wish you had an office-mate to bounce ideas off or when your house set-up doesn’t provide the intangible ‘vibe’ you need to do your work properly.
1. Your family doesn’t understand that you are ‘working.’
They know you’re home-based, but sometimes your family can’t grasp the concept of working from home.
It’s hard for family members to understand that even if you are physically present, your mind is hard at work.
Someone will always have a reason to talk to you or need something from you, and it can be hard to create the boundaries you need.
2. Distractions, distractions, distractions
There’s always too much to do when you’re at home, making it very easy to get distracted.
How can you work if the bedroom is in disarray, the sink is full of dirty dishes, and the pantry is out of stock?
These little household chores can easily take up your time until you realise you’ve spent the entire day working on them and now have to work all night on your ‘real job’.
3. The kitchen is open 24/7.
There’s no need to run to the café to order your favourite latté, or make do with the nearest fast-food menu on your lunch break – your kitchen is a few steps away.
With a fridge full of your favourites, it can be very easy to snack all day or get distracted by cooking, while also losing the structure of a routine that incorporates exercise.
4. You lack real-life interactions.
Working from home means working alone. You could be talking to clients all day, closing deals or convincing clients to try your latest offerings, but you talk with your computer.
You might be receiving plenty of emails daily but you miss out on real interpersonal connections.
5. You miss out on collaboration.
It is cliché to say that multiple heads are better than one – but it’s undeniably true. One perk of working in an office is having co-workers to lend a hand when needed.
Brainstorming your next marketing strategy or coming up with solutions to a tricky problem is better with a team of people who know the work you do. Family members and pets just don’t measure up, and you’re bound to end up talking to yourself.
6. Your house or apartment isn’t the ideal space for hosting meetings or seminars for clients.
Even if you hold most of your meetings online or via teleconferencing, as you grow your business you will need to meet with potential partners or clients face to face.
Your home office is likely not conducive to business negotiations.
No matter what people may say about the relaxed attitudes of today’s business world, a formal corporate setting assures prospective clients that you’re serious about your enterprise – which helps build trust and creates a good impression of your business.
7. No community
A big part of sharing a space with other like-minded people is the opportunity to work and play together.
Whether it’s sharing Friday afternoon drinks, joining a weekly community lunch, getting fit together with a weekly run club, yoga or meditation – there’s fun and connection to be shared when working with others.
With a bit of discipline and a few proactive measures, the above-mentioned hurdles can be overcome. At the end of the day, the choice between working from home and working in an office will depend on your profession, your needs and preferences.
Many small business owners have found a way to combine the best of both worlds through shared office spaces. A shared office or coworking space gives you a real office for days when your home is too distracting for productivity, or to host meetings with potential clients in.
Learn more about how a shared office space can help you use your work hours more efficiently – book in for a tour to give your business the boost it needs in one of Australia’s best coworking spaces.