When I wanted to start I faced a difficult choice – should I rent a office or work from our home?
I am not a pro and con guy, I do not list down pluses and minuses of choices on a notepad before choosing one. I am more of a “discuss and develop opinions guy”. So I talked with my wife and few people I know.
It became clear that working from home is a winner for the time being. Let me rationalize my choice,
Working from home means I have to pay no additional rent. We just cleaned up a corner in the master bedroom and put the computer table, surge protector and a chair there and bingo, my workspace is ready.
More time with family
Since we have babies at home (our twins are just 10 months old now), it became important that I give more time to family. So naturally working from home made it easy. I can just turn off the monitor whenever kids need me.
No lonely feelings
Since my company is a one man company, if I worked in an office, I would have felt lonely at times. While I am not a great social person, I would love to have people around me so that I can share what I am thinking and get immediate feedback. So, working from home seemed good choice until I hire people.
No time wasted
My work involves consulting, writing, thinking, reading, connecting, marketing, launching and sharing. Now, most of this happens on sporadic basis – ie I get a lot of work on one day and no work on another. The creative parts of my work require that I am in a good mood to pull them off. If I feel down or lazy, I just postpone what I am doing as giving my best to what I do is very important. This is where working in an office would have failed me. Because I work in chunks, I would end up with loads of free time in between tasks.When working from home, I could just turn off my comp when I have no work and play with kids or help my wife or run some chores.
So, is working from home all rainbows and butterflies?
Of course, working from home is not all hunky dory. I do find some problems in working from home.
It is difficult to focus for longer durations:
Sometimes, when a client is in emergency or when I need to develop an idea further, I need hours of time. I am finding difficult to get more than 2-3 hours at a time, thanks to kids who need our attention constantly. But thankfully, I found a simple solution for this. I wake up early (4am or so) and work 3-4 hours at a stretch.
Sometimes I become too lazy, thanks to temptations at home. Mostly I find myself indulging in naps, playing, reading magazines or watching tv. Most of these could be avoided had I worked in an office.
But overall, I am happy that I am working from our bedroom.
What about you?
Where do you work from? What kind of good things you find in that work environment? Please share using comments.