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Renting an Office: Is it Time to Ditch the House?
Published on Oct 10, 2012
Lots of people dream about working at home, but it can be easy to become distracted or find motivation. Renting an office might be the solution.
By Matthew Toren
Are papers piling up around you? Are files taking over your home computer? Is disorganization slowing down your progress? Have distractions got you down? Maybe you’re simply starting to feel a little bored not leaving the house all day. Perhaps renting an office is in your future.
The Fantasy of Working at Home
Lots of people dream about working at home. If you tell a regular employee that you work from home, they will often wail out with jealousy. It must be great! You can wear your pajamas and there’s no commute. You can wake up whenever you want and set your own hours. You’re right next to the refrigerator.
Welcome to Reality
There are undoubtedly benefits to working from home but it’s certainly not all fun and games. It can be harder to get motivated at the beginning of the day. It can be easy to become distracted, especially if you have a family or even roommates. If you live by yourself, it can become lonely. Besides that, you may be overwhelmed with work and tasks. A small home office just might not be cutting it anymore.
If you’re considering renting an office but worried about the cost, consider how much you may be losing by not having an office. Of course you’ll be paying new rent bills, but how much business are you potentially losing by trapping yourself at home? If you confidently realize that lacking an office is holding you back, invest in yourself and your business by renting an office.
The hardest part about working at home is convincing people you live with that you’re actually working. At the minimum, you need to have a home office or workspace where you can at least shut your door to indicate that you’re officially “at work.” Still, it’s hard to concentrate on the responsibilities of work when you’re at your place of residence. The responsibilities and distractions of home are always just around the doorway. If you just can’t seem to focus on progress at home, renting an office offers the solution.
Starting to work at home can be taxing, especially at the beginning. Do you use a laptop computer? Well, at least you have a printer, right? What about a copy machine? Do you have a desk full of back up office supplies? Stamps? Coffee? Settling down into an office can be extremely rewarding when it comes to efficiency and organizing tasks. Business solutions and technological conveniences are just down the hall. If you’ve become overwhelmed by tasks and endless work, renting an office would be the smart move.
We all like to believe that we’re free. Starting a business is a gesture toward living the life you’d like to live. Going to work at home can also be a move toward independence. Sometimes however, you can start to feel trapped by your own surroundings. If you feel like your success is becoming limited by remaining at home, renting an office will let you find your freedom again.
Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of the award winning books, Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right. Their latest project is a free classified ads network called: iSell.com.