by Yvonne DiVita – Co-Founder of BlogPaws
Are you struggling with the concept of a home office as opposed to an office away from home? Entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs often have issues with working from home. If you're part of a family (of more than two – more than you and your significant other- like kids and pets), having a home office where you can shut the door seems like a great idea. Doesn't it?
I've never had a home office with a door. For the most part, my office is the dining room. It's not the dining room table – it's the dining room. Open to the living room (or family room) and the kitchen. I like it that way – coffee is just a few steps away! – but if I was 25 years younger and doing this with my 3 kids milling about, I don't think it would be ideal. (not to mention we'd have more than Emily and Olive fighting over the chairs – as they are in the pic here)
Some folks favor the basement for their home office. Some choose a spare bedroom. Whatever your choice, making it work can be tricky. And, that's why knowing you have options for an office outside of the home, can be helpful. Also, an office away from home makes it easier to meet clients in person – rather than always at the local coffee shop where you have to do business out in the open, and compete with all the chatter in the room
Here, directly from my Smart Brief on Entrepreneurs newsletter, are some alternatives to the home office:
2. Your local library. Interestingly, our libraries have rooms to rent. I know folks who hold organizational meetings in libraries so why not book a room for a once a week office?
3. Talk to your friends and colleagues who have office space that is sitting empty, unused. Chances are they're open to renting it at low-cost.
Where do you have your office? Is it ideal? Would you take advantage of any of the above suggestions?