Working from home is not an option that is available to everybody – some jobs simply cannot be home-based – but for many individuals and small businesses it can be a very easy, practical and cost-effective way to work, particularly if you are just starting out or simply trying to cope with the recession.
Certainly, for some people the solitary nature of working from home, removed from the daily interaction and face-to-face contact of the office, simply fills them with dread. For others, it is the most convenient option for their lifestyle or personal commitments, or the most productive environment in which to conduct their business.
Points to consider
The need or desire to work from home is incredibly subjective, so the most important question you have to answer is: will it work for you? Here are a few things you should consider before reaching a conclusion:
- Do you have the discipline and motivation to work effectively at home?
- Will you be able to cope with the lack of colleague interaction?
- Will you be faced with constant distraction in the house?
- Will the quality of your work suffer as a result of working from home?
- Will it have a detrimental effect on your company/professional image?
- Does your rent or mortgage agreement, or home insurance policy, have any restrictions in place that could prevent your working from home?
- Can you separate your work and home life and achieve a healthy balance?
- Are you happy for your home telephone number and address to be available as your business contact, or would you benefit from the services of a virtual office?
Helpful suggestions for the home worker
If you decide to work from home it does help to have a dedicated area in your house where only work-related tasks will be carried out – blurring the lines between a space that represents relaxation and a space that represents work is easy to do, but it really should be avoided if at all possible. Your frame of mind is important because it will allow you to distinguish between work and play. Simple things like maintaining order and routine – where you work, when you work, how you work, staying organised – will help you achieve a successful, healthy balance in your working environment and your home life.
A virtual office – ideal for home based companies
Many home workers protect their home privacy by using a virtual office service, which provides a city centre business address and telephone answering services and so also assists with corporate image and communication with new and existing clients. If you would like any further information on Blue Square’s Glasgow virtual offices, please click here, and have a look at our helpful video. At Blue Square we have a selection of very affordable virtual office packages ranging in price from £19.95 to £74.95 per month.