Is working from home always best?

Working from home might seem like a fantastic option if you are trying to save money for your business, or if you want to spend more time at home. Owning an office can cost a lot of money, and that is why many people these days choose to work from home instead. But, is it actually the best solution for you? Let’s look at whether working from home is always going to be the best choice.

Is It Really Cheaper?

Well, you have already paid for your home, so this alone is a bonus. You aren’t going to have to pay for the office, or pay the rent which is helpful. But, you are likely going to be limited for space in your own home. Also, if you have a family, you might find that working from home is not as easy as you thought. It might be the cheaper option, but it might not be the best one in terms of getting work done. If you aren’t managing to complete the work, you are going to lose clients and this will cost your business a lot of money.

But, companies like Weisblatt Law Firm can help you find the lease that you need on an office, at an affordable price meaning that you aren’t going to overpay for your office. Due to this, you might find that leasing an office is not as expensive as you thought it would be, and could work out cheaper in the end.

Are You Missing Out?

You might be missing out on opportunities working at home that you wouldn’t if you had a business office. A business office provides you a home hub and a platform that people can clearly see and access. It allows them to immediately book an appointment to see you and walk right into your business office. You can’t do this with a home run business and of course, there’s also the image issues.

Image Problems

Yes you might have image problems if you run a business from home. There are stigmas attached to this type of set up. For instance, you might find that you struggle with being seen as a small company that can’t handle bigger clients or projects. If that’s the case then you could be missing out on some fantastic opportunities that could boost your profit potential dramatically. There are ways around this issue of course, but it’s telling that these often involve pretending that you have a business property, using a virtual office space.

Trouble With Employees

If you are not working in the office, then you will avoid all trouble with employees. However, you will also miss out the chance of building a solid loyal business team and you can run into connectivity issues as well.

It seems then that working from home can be a smart choice and provide certain advantages. At the same time though, you shouldn’t dismiss the benefits of having a business office and address completely. It will certainly help you attract more clients and may even provide cost benefits too. Ultimately your choice here is largely going to depend on your business model and the industry you are working within. Some companies will benefit from an office more than others.

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Christine Buske is a former academic who left science at the bench, and now considers herself a woman in tech. She is a frequently invited speaker, and enjoys talking about career transformation (particularly leaving academia for the business world), tech, issues around women in tech, product management, agile, and outreach. She is a proud Canadian resident, and qualifies as a "serial expat".

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