Do You Have to Work From Home if You’re Self-Employed?
How much of the population do you think work from home? The figure may be higher than you’re expecting. In 2014, the Office of National Statistics found that there were more home workers than ever before. This amounted to 13.9% of the workforce; a massive 4.2 million individuals.
For many people, working from home sounds ideal. There’s no commute, you can design your own work environment, you won’t have to make small talk with colleagues and you’ll have easy access to the fridge and kitchen cupboards! Sound idyllic? We’ve blogged before about the realities of working from home.
If you’re thinking about becoming self-employed it’s important to consider whether working at home will be the right move for you. It can work wonderfully, but there are definite downsides. There are also a range of scenarios where working from home may not be the right option for you. These include:
- If you don’t have the space at home to set up the office equipment you need
- If your partner already works from home
- If you have a young family at home during the day
- If you find being at home too distracting
- If you want to set clear boundaries between ‘work’ and ‘home’
- If you need to employ a member of staff to work with you
Luckily there are other options, even for businesses who are just starting out. If you’ve decided working from home isn’t right for you, why not consider one of these ideas instead?
Rent your own office space
If you’re got some capital to invest in your new venture right away, you could think about renting your own office space. Though this is certainly the most costly option, it may not be as unattainable as you think. Many developers offer flexible terms to suit a range of needs and some even offer special deals for start up businesses.
Rent a desk in a shared office
If you’re just starting out you may decide you don’t need an entire office to yourself. In this situation it might be worth your while to consider renting a desk in a shared office. You would have your own desk space but would share a room with other self-employed professionals. This type of working has been dubbed ‘coworking’ and is predicted to grow significantly in popularity over the coming years. Many self-employed people choose to work in a coworking space not only because it’s more cost-efficient, but also because it gives them the opportunity to network and socialise with other business owners.
Hotdesking is a less formal version of co-working. Many shared office spaces give freelancers and small business owners the option of a monthly membership. You won’t have your own guaranteed desk, but you will be able to access shared office space as and when you need it. This is a good option for self-employed people who want the option to work in a collaborative environment a few times a week but don’t have the budget for a more formal arrangement.
Visit your local coffee shop or library
If you’re just starting out in your self-employment journey, you may find that you don’t yet have the budget for any of the above options. Don’t worry: that doesn’t mean you’re stuck working from your kitchen table! Think about the last time you were in a coffee shop during the hours of 9-5. Did you notice how many of the other tables were taken up by professionals and their laptops? Coffee shops offer comfortable seating, central heating and accessible wifi… and all for the price of a drink! If you need somewhere quieter, your local library can be a great option.
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