Working from home is exciting … for a while. At first you enjoy the solitude, the thrill of working in your pyjamas and the freedom to get more out of your day by doing a mid-morning load of laundry. But once the novelty wears off, small cracks begin to appear. You become easily distracted, you are always in work mode (even on weekends) and meeting clients in cafes starts to feel unprofessional.
Here are five reasons to think about getting out of the home office and into a professional coworking environment.
1. Enhanced concentration
Very quickly, many of the perks of working from home become time-consuming procrastination habits. You don’t really need to put dinner on early, dust the bookshelf or water the garden, but these distractions are too tempting when you run into a work challenge. In a dedicated working environment, however, there are no external temptations to lead you astray. And when you are surrounded by a cohort of other busy professionals, you’ll be more motivated to give each project your full attention.
2. Improved professional reputation
While clients are generally happy to meet you in a cafe, they will be so impressed when you invite them to a professional space with dedicated meeting rooms. With reliable internet, presentation facilities and sophisticated design, a meeting room or boardroom will not only enhance your level of professionalism, it will also ensure your meeting runs without a hitch. Basing yourself in a coworking space also provides you with a mailing address that isn’t your home.
3. A wider network of professionals
Working from home can be a lonely life. While this solitude suits some, most of us benefit from regular interaction with like-minded people. In a coworking environment, you instantly become part of a network of professionals that will not only provide you with regular interaction, but also new avenues for business growth. Find new business opportunities, reach out for help with problem solving and take motivation from the work that’s being done around you.
4. Healthier work-life balance
Have you ever walked past your home workstation on the weekend and been tempted to start plugging away? Home is a space for downtime, but when it’s also your place of work, the boundaries become blurred. Even those with a strict work routine still let the stress creep in every time they glimpse a pile of paperwork left around the house. By reclaiming home for relaxation and leaving your professional self at the office, you can start to design a work-life schedule that works for you.
5. An empowered work mentality
There is something about getting up every day, getting dressed and showing up that makes you feel as though you have a true sense of purpose. This flows on to every other aspect of your working day and, with the support of a working community around you, you start to feel more empowered than you ever did plugging away by yourself at home.
Try coworking for yourself
If the home office is no longer working for you, you can take advantage of Inbox Workspace. A fully serviced office in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, our dedicated coworking space is designed to boost your productivity and professional image.