I’ve been working at home on my own for over four years now and can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Lots of people who work at home have a dedicated office space (or office corner!), but I’m a bit of a fidget, so the location of my home office varies depending on: my mood, the light, the temperature, the device I need to be using etc etc…
The closest thing I have to a home office is my spare room. It has a desk, a desktop computer and a printer. It is where I work if I need to use Word or Excel or print anything. But it’s not great for using the internet as the wifi signal in there is a bit temperamental to say the least. It also has the BIG advantage of being warm in there, which, as my house is cold for about nine months of the year and I refuse to put the central heating on when I’m home alone, is a very good thing. Although I am perhaps being a bit silly there, because you can claim some expenses for working at home, for things like heating and lighting.
When the cold isn’t such a factor and I don’t need to use the printer, I prefer to work at the breakfast bar. My kitchen is a far nicer environment generally, the light is a whole lot better and so is the wifi signal.
Sometimes, when I’m very bored (and perhaps cold), I will work on an armchair on the landing, which has the advantage of sunlight shining directly on it a lot of the time – it can make seeing the screen difficult, but it’s lovely for warmth.
When I started out, I had no idea how my work would go. I didn’t know whether I would need to take on staff or find an office outside the house. A lot of people find they outgrow their home offices when they start their own businesses. If you find you have outgrown your home office space, it is a good idea to get in touch with Commercial Estate Agents.
It hasn’t happened for me yet and maybe it never will. But who knows what is around the corner? I might just land one big contract and suddenly I need to expand. And, if I do, you can bet I will move to somewhere that is warm enough all year round and the wifi signal isn’t dodgy!
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