We all dream of the opportunity to work at home but for some of us, it just doesn’t work. Whether you have small kids who don’t quite appreciate that you can’t play and work or you simply don't manage to get out of your pjs for long enough to be motivated, working at home can be tougher than it looks.
While there are methods you can use to make working at home work a little better, for some people, the only option is to move to a different location. Admitting this to yourself is the first step. Here are a few ideas that might get you moving again.
Build Your Own Space
Some jobs are simply too impractical to try to do at home. If you need a big studio space or you require specific equipment, a commercial building is much more likely to suit your needs. Finding commercial property for sale is just like finding a house. Write down your list of requirements and view a few properties to get a feel for what your budget can afford.
However, you may find that your business is so niche that you actually need a bespoke space. In this case, the best option is to design and build your own commercial building. But do beware: this will be a much more expensive route so only go for this option if you really can’t find what you need already on the market.
Make a Work Shed in the Garden
Buying a commercial property is a big step and for many home businesses, it’s just too much. On the other hand, working in the house still isn’t working so what is the halfway point? The answer: the humble shed.
While working in the shed might not entirely appeal unless you are a gardener, you should be reassured that this isn’t just any spidery shed. You can now build a shed that is fully fitted out and specially made as an office space. The advantage is that you still have to get dressed and ‘go to work’ so your kids are more likely to leave you be but you also cut your commute to the time it takes to cross your garden.
Hit the Coffee Shops
If you are a flexible worker or just have a few remote days per week, it might not be worth the expense of building a shed in the garden. However, you can still solve the problem of working from home by going to co-working spaces or - even better - friendly coffee shops with wi-fi.
Working in a coffee shop is a great way to get out and about and be a little bit more sociable too. However, do make sure that you observe the unspoken rules of coffee shop etiquette. Make sure you order at least a drink and don’t assume that you can hog a whole table. However friendly the cafe is, they do need paying customers to remain open!
Working from home is the dream for most of us but the reality is that when the walls are closing in, one of these solutions could be the best of both worlds.