Yes, the business world has changed and many have discovered the perks of a home office! Commute time? Just count the number of steps between your bedroom and “Corporate Headquarters.” Work-appropriate attire? Not even sure what that may mean. And you won’t even mind a little water cooler talk when your pets are involved!
But as many are finding out, what sounds like a solopreneur’s dream come true actually has real downsides
1) Projecting that your company is established, stable, and ready to provide ongoing, long-term service to your clients. While business professionals are fully aware that many skilled people are working from home, your cozy dwelling at 123 Sugarloaf Way does not resonate the same image as a professional location. Even today, it may raise a red flag for people who think the business relationship may end with your next job.
2) Rarely does a private residence have a space appropriate enough to host a meeting. The dining room is perfect for a casual dinner party with friends, not a formal meeting with business associates. A Starbucks is not a suitable back up, nor is the lobby of the Sleep-Inn Motel. They all can reflect poorly on your understanding of the importance of set and setting.
3) Speaking of setting, background noise and distractions can become part of your business image if it’s overheard while you’re working. A wailing baby, the loud spouse, the barking dog, the ringing doorbell-these may all become unexpected, embarrassing interruptions.
All these variables considered, the “good” of working out of a home office becomes a lot murkier. Evaluate the situation, recognize your clients’ expectations, and know when to take your business to the office away from home.
To learn more about how Stark Office Suites full-time office suite and virtual office solutions can help you to overcome the “bad” associated with home offices, contact us today. We will discuss your needs and design a custom solution for you!