Working from home can be a really beneficial experience. Not only do you get to do what you love but you can stay home in a place where you are comfortable and if you have children at home you can be available for them as well. However, there are some downfalls to working from home and there are some signs that your startup company is in need of some reorganization and potentially an office.
When you are in the process of spring cleaning this upcoming season think about whether or not you should be looking for commercial real estate as a way to expand your business. Whether you are running your business on your own or you have a couple of employees to help you along the way, you want to make sure that your business can remain separate from the rest of your home. If you are finding that it is harder and harder to enjoy the rest of your home because of business overflow, it might be time to move on and consider some reorganization. It isn’t good for your personal life and it isn’t good for your professional life if the two are intermingling too much and not enough is getting done with either aspect of your life.
Not to mention, it can sometimes be very hard to concentrate on your work if you are in your home during business hours. You are more apt to think about all of the things that need to get done around the home and maybe start working on those instead of worrying about your business needs. It is likely that your business requires you to meet with clients to some degree, and you need to be able to do that from your home office in order to be successful. Depending on what your setup is though, it might come across as unprofessional if you are working out of your place of residence, or if your office is smack dab in the middle of your home, amidst domestic elements and contingencies, like roommates, or even your own family. You don’t want to experience nightmarish scenarios, like clients stepping over children’s toys before you’ve done your spring cleaning, or having to use your personal bathroom during your meeting. Indeed, these instances can be a deal breaker or prevent your business from finding true success.
Whether you prefer to stay at home or you think a professional office is right for you and your firm is completely up to you, but in any case, there will likely come a point in time when you will be required to find some separate office space in order to effectively expand your startup business and begin looking for commercial real estate that can accommodate a number of diligent employees. There are no real rules that determine when this type of transition needs to happen, and, ultimately, only you can decide when it is time to call it quits in your home office and expand to something bigger, separate from your domestic duties, and ultimately, more productive.