Yesterday we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. This is about working from your own office versus working from home.
Having Your Own Office Advantages
- Much more professional setting to meet clients
- People tend to take you more seriously
- Physical barrier between work and home
- Easier to focus versus working from home
- Being around people and life
I love being around people and life. I get to interact with people on a daily basis. I get to watch the elderly lady stop by daily to feed the ducks at the pond across the street. My daughter and I spotted a set of tall Florida cranes feeding in the field next to us the other day. I meet several dogs through out the week because of the dog groomer two doors down walking dogs in the same field. Oh…erm…and I just saw a man go by on a unicycle, talking on his cell phone and holding out a book bag for balance. No, really….I would have taken a picture for evidence but I was too busy laughing.
When it’s time to go home, it’s literally time to go home. No more walking two feet from my office to my living room. Home is so relaxing. Ironically, I spend more time with my daughter and it’s a much more quality time.
I’m excited to meet clients without them having to step over cats or feel weird that a stranger just walked into my home. Or being able to hand out business cards and flyers and other promotional material and actually publish an address for people to come see me.
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Having Your Own Office Disadvantages
- More overhead
- Having to commute
- More responsibility
- Sometimes you’d rather be home
The start up costs of setting up your own office can be daunting. A commercial lease is different from a residential lease. With most residential leases, the landlord is responsible for plumbing issues, air condition issues, structure repair, etc.
Depending on your building and location, a commercial lease is like buying a home. You are responsible for anything that breaks, needs repair or needs upgraded inside your unit; plumbing, walls, air conditioner, fire extinguisher, you name it. Sometimes you may even have to pay an extra monthly or yearly fee for outside maintenance or lawn care. In most cases only thing a commercial lease landlord is responsible for is the outside structure.
Not only that but turning on utilities are much more expensive. Then you have taxes on top of rent payments. That’s all before considering what promotional materials you may need or furniture or equipment.
So if it’s your goal to get your own office then make sure you really do your homework to uncover all the hidden costs.
Tomorrow we will close the series with knowing when it’s time to quit working from home and how to know when it’s time to start working from home.
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