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Should you run your business from home?

There’s a lot of talk these days about having the ability to run a business from home. And this is true — it’s never been easier to build a successful company from the comfort of your own property. Still, just because the option is there, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do it. While there are benefits from working from home, there are downsides, and these downsides could have a negative impact on your business operations. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few good reasons why you might want to consider working in a rented office, rather than your home.

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You’re Not As Productive

It’s tempting to think that, when you’re working from home, that you’ll get up, put in a solid seven hours of work, and then call it a day and sit out in the garden on sunny days. It’s a nice idea, but is it a realistic one? We’re not so sure. Many people discover that they’re not as productive as they could be when they’re in their house. After all, with no watching you, and so many sources of entertainment around you, the possibility of distraction is strong. It takes a lot of self-discipline to work from home.

You Don’t Have The Tools

One thing people discover when they begin working from home is that they just don’t have the same tools as they would have if they worked in an office. Yes, they might have a computer and a stable internet connection, but what about the rest? Serviced offices have superfast wifi, photocopiers, printers, telephones, and everything else that you would need to develop a business. It is possible to have all these things in your home office, but you would have to spend a lot of money and create a lot of space to make that the case. 

It’s Not As Professional

New business owners often don’t think too much about their professionalism; they’re too busy focusing on all the responsibilities they’ve suddenly acquired. However, this is a key aspect of running a business, since it has such a big impact on how other people see you. It is possible to be professional when you’re working from home, but it is more difficult, for two reasons. For starters, you might fall into a more relaxed mode (since you’re in a place where you normally relax). Second, it’s just not as professional to have meetings from your home. 

You’re Missing Opportunities

It’s tempting to run a business from your home, but you will find that you’re more cut-off from the outside world than you might appreciate. When you work in an office, you’re “in the mix,” surrounded by other business owners. And who knows what connections and opportunities may come your way just by putting yourself in the right environments? Business is all about opportunity. You can network when you’re working from home, of course, but it is more difficult, since you have much fewer interactions with other people in the business world. 

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