This is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately: The home office or coworking? It’s really weighing on my mind. For the last two years I have home officed out of my home. I work from the living room, kitchen table, my bed, or home office answering calls, helping clients, and running my business. I love the freedom. I can work when and how I want, but it comes at a price.
Working from Home: The Price of the Home Office
That priceof home officing is a combination of factors:
- Loneliness. I work with clients mostly over the phone and internet, but there are times I miss office spaces. It’s the office banter and conversations one has in the office spaces. Social media allows me to stay engaged with others, but there is something to be said for looking someone in the eye and talking about sports or their family in casual conversation. You won’t get that working from home.
- Work/Life. Because my office is my home I have a tendency to work like a crazy fool. It’s my husband’s birthday this week, he’s also working from home and I feel like we’re missing family conversations that don’t happen with my eyes glued to my laptop computer.
- Distractions. I alluded to these distractions in “The Domestic Man” post I also wrote this week. Because I work at home, I can’t escape things like my messy kitchen or toys scattered on the floor. It’s hard to tune these out. I’m compelled to pick up and clean up instead of getting to work.
- No Formal Office. There are times when a prospective client wants to meet with me to discuss a project. There are times when a coffee shop just isn’t enough.
The Home Office or Coworking?
As an entrepreneur and business owner, this is not something that is going to go away, and I’m not yet ready to set up shop and hire a large staff that warrants a large office space. I don’t know if I will ever be. The potential solution is what is called coworking where groups of entrepreneurs and creatives office together in an open, shared, and collaborative office space.
The idea of renting an office space that costs money is a point of contention between me and my husband, Greg. He considers it a want instead of a need. Plus $650 a month for a private 250 square foot room is a large, additional expense. I, however, feel like I need my own space to focus my thoughts, conversations, and work. Have you made the switch from home officing to a formal office space or coworking space? If you did, what successes, failures, and obstacles did you encounter?
I’m looking forward to your comments. Greg, however, has his mind made up . . .