Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Advantages of Working From an Office Instead of Home

I've been working from home for about five years and it's been great. Those of you who do it know all the advantages: no commute, comfy, convenient, handy fridge, etc. I've always used the master bedroom as my sewing room and usually take one more room for misc cutting and designing tasks. But I had to move into an office, and after the initial shock I've found there are some advantages to working OUT OF THE HOUSE.

The advantages can be summed up easily: it all boils down to productivity. Away from home I've become far more productive. So much so, that the time spent commuting and cost of rent and gas are offset by the amount of work I've gotten done.
Above is a corner shot of my workspace. The main thing to notice is the lack of distractions. It's very spartan and all business. I've wasted so many good working hours watching TV. But here it's not happening. I've always been a very disciplined person, but I am human so time wasting is in my DNA. I'm so much more focused now that time wasting is not an option..

Another advantage I've found is that once you set up a workspace you kinda become part of the community. While working from home I was very isolated and even a bit out of touch. Now I get out each day and see what people are wearing, I hear what they're taking about. It helps me break out of the myopia and makes me more creative as a designer. It also helps to get my name out locally.

Working in sweats or pajama bottoms is no problem around the house, but it's a huge no - no out in public so I've taken to dressing up for work and that has also been helpful. Over the next few weeks I'll be mapping out new routes to and from work so that I can check out so local thrift shops. I'll put together some outfits like the one in my previous post, wear the ensemble, clean it and post it on Etsy.

I guess it doesn't matter where you work from as long as you're doing something. I'm very lucky to have found a cute place to work. I'm going to stick it out for a little while, but I don't know if it's a permanent thing.

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree. I wish I had a place to work too... working for home isn't as productive, indeed!