The advantages of being self employed can be a great thing. These include choosing when you work and where you work. In many cases working from home seems to be the most obvious way of working for a small business or satellite office. Many people however, do not look at the costs (socially and financially) of doing so.
Working in commercial property has given me the opportunity to meet with many businesses including SME, large enterprise and private sector. Conversations have been had with owner-managers, directors, heads of department etc, etc, etc. You may be one of these people, working from home, avoiding the traffic, having time to spend with the children?
Is it the most productive way to work? Over the years, many of my clients have come to me as they find working from home unproductive. Whilst their customers and suppliers are working regular office hours, they find that they often start work late as they prefer to carry out the school run themselves. Due to other interruptions in the day (perhaps it’s a dog barking, or a few domestic duties) it has been known for many to be working into the evening long after their potential customers have left the office. Ask yourself, does working from home interfere with your family life?
Working in isolation can increase stress. It is also found that face to face interaction is crucial to identifying opportunities for collaboration, making and developing relationships and increasing your network of contacts.
Perhaps it is the financial investment in using office space allows workers to continue to work from home. But balance that out against the extra productivity, more business opportunities and working inside a friendly business community is it really worth it.
Try an office for a month, you never know it may suit you better than you think.