Ahhh, I love my home office! The garden view inspires me (when my nose isn’t buried in my computer, that is). But it’s taken me years to learn focus, super efficiency and tricks for working at home. My colleague Sharon (@beamva on twitter) at Beam Virtual Assistant in San Francisco is an expert with tips on this topic. And my friend Alison Marks of Inside Out Coaching brings what is inside of you out into your environment with her dual expertise in management & feng shui: http://www.insideoutdesigncoaching.com/about.html.
WHAT ARE BUSINESS ADVANTAGES TO A HOME OFFICE?
I’d love to hear your ideas?
Here’s a few of mine:
1. you get more done with less distraction: you can manage interruptions of employees or colleagues by not answering hte phone for a few minutes, or holding off on all email or social media responses til your primary deadline is accomplished.
2. you don’t have to inflate your prices making your clients pay for your rent! That’s a huge tactic for keeping our prices affordable while still offering top quality, uninterrupted action for our clients: https://allisonbliss.sitedistrict.com/services.htm.
3. you can work whenever you’re inspired. Oh, you have to watch this one at 10am on Saturday – or 3am anytime! But sometimes I feel more creative at 7am or 11pm and want to give my clients that best time.
4. here’s a common myth: “people aren’t as efficient working at home”. My experience is that those of us who have home offices work far harder than our colleagues who chit chat 20% of their time at the office- I know, I’ve done that! I’m not so easily distracted at home with my cats since they rarely tell me about boyfriend troubles, awful haircuts, frustrations with fellow employees, or work issues (well, unless they’re hungry and then I hear about it!).
But I’m lucky enough to have some space in my office, places to put things away to stay uncluttered. It wasn’t always like this but I’ve learned from experts like Sharon and Alison.
WHAT ARE YOUR SUCCESSES? DISTRACTIONS? SOLUTIONS? Let’s share this because after all, “Knowledge is Bliss”. ahhhhhh