There are lots of advantages to using your home as a base for your startup. It’s cheap, you don’t have to waste time commuting, and you can be way more flexible with your hours. However, it’s not all a bed of roses.
Here are five reasons why you should take your startup out of your bedroom, and find an office somewhere.
You need to integrate
OK, so working from home might help you avoid interruption and nose. But the truth is, it’s a kind of lonely experience - and that isn’t good for when you want to take your startup out into the wider world. You can get used to being isolated from everything and everyone, and once you need to get out there and make some sales, you just might not be used to it. Also, interaction with people can inspire you, give you new ideas, and give your productivity a boost.
You don’t look professional
It’s easy for anyone who works at home to let standards slip - the old working in your pajamas scenario springs to mind. But, no matter how professional you think you look, it’s just not the same for someone looking at your company. A home address reeks of amateurism and you are far better off having an office somewhere. Even a shared working space can help - check out Level Office for the type of service that could be good for your image. Not only that, but it could lead to you getting more clients.
More potential for new clients
Let’s look at the co-working space once again. Here you have a lot of people with different businesses that might need something you provide. These co-working communities are great places to learn more about different industries, too. And, not only are you meeting new people in the office, but you could also have access to their contacts as well. It might just open up a new world for you.
It’s good to have a routine
When you work from home, it’s almost impossible to switch off. OK, so you might pause for dinner, but once you are finished, it’s all too easy to head back to your office and start again. And, because you know you are likely to do this on a regular basis, it will affect your productivity in a negative way. It’s easy to mess around for a few minutes, and check your Facebook or read an interesting email. When you are in an office space with set hours of work, it focuses the mind more. And, of course, it helps give you closure at the end of each working day.
It’s better for personal growth
Forget about your startup for a second, and concentrate on yourself. The entire process of finding an office and putting yourself out there is a risk, there’s no doubt. And, because it is a gamble, it’s fair to say that you are meeting things head on, which means you are growing as a person. Yes, the home office is comfortable, and it might be working well for you. But is it testing you? Or are you in a bit of a bubble? Getting out there and meeting people can be an excellent driver for personal growth.
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