Nowadays, working from home is becoming more and more common. Working in your pyjamas, creating your own schedule, avoiding office politics–sounds great. Commuting from bed to bed, saving money, spending more time with your family and doing some household chores in between – what’s not to love?
Unfortunately, the reality of it all is far from perfect. You become easily distracted or you go into full-on work mode (even on weekends). You’re always waiting for answers from the other end and you’re likely to become overwhelmed by solitude.
It may look appealing but working from home requires a lot of hard work and self-discipline. With this in mind, here are 5 reasons why you should move out of your home office and into a professional work environment:
Juggling the daily pressures of a work-life balance is hard enough. When the two become intertwined, it can lead you astray.
Sometimes, the benefits of working from home can turn into time-consuming procrastination habits. This is especially true if you have small children or prone to watching television while working.
On the contrary, getting out of your head and working with other professionals can provide you with more concentration. It offers that much-needed energy to get tasks done. As a result, you will be more motivated to take on other projects and give them your full attention.
Improved professional reputation
When you’re working from the comfort of your home and you have to meet clients, what do you do? It can be awkward to invite them to your home and it’s not always convenient or safe.
Having a dedicated meeting room, however, will ensure that your next business meeting goes off without a hitch. It offers access to the internet and the availability of office tools. With your improved professional reputation, you’ll be able to attract more clients and steadily grow your business.
Higher prices for your services
Regardless of how much experience you have, working from home makes it a bit difficult to truly realize the value of your skills. You may not feel qualified as an expert because being confined in your own personal space, you cannot compare your experience, accolades or skills with others.
By getting out of this space, you will be able to better understand what is going on in your potential clients’ heads when it comes to pricing. Accordingly, you will be able to rationally charge higher prices for your services and get what it is that you truly deserve.
A better work-life balance
There’s a reason people strive to keep their professional life separate from their personal life. It sets a boundary between work and family, which increases efficiency on the job while relieving stress at home. However, when your home is also your workplace, that boundary becomes blurred.
Reclaim your home as your sanctuary and leave your professional self behind at the office. You’ll be able to achieve and maintain a better work-life balance that works for you.
A wide professional network
Working from home can get pretty lonesome. While it suits some individuals, others miss the daily social interaction and conversation.
In a co-working space, you have the opportunity to build a wide professional network that allows you to connect with fellow members and cultivate authentic relationships while also helping you to excel in your career. If you value these connections and the energy of such a thriving network, you will be happier, more productive, and driven.