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14.05.2018 Back to Blog articles

You think you want to work from home? Trust me, YOU DON'T

Drop the idea, or better still, head for a co-working space!

Right. Any thoughts demanding attention in your mind about how great it would be to leave office life drudgery behind forever and to work from home instead, exterminate them right now. Why? Because for many business professionals, most, in fact, working from a lonely home office can be an awful experience: entirely different to what they were expecting, what they'd pictured for so long in their minds on that seemingly interminable daily commute over many years...

It's true. Working from home sounds like bliss, but it simply ain't. It's a long old day, languishing in a kind of carpeted solitary confinement with Wi-Fi. Oh, and there are far too many distractions; the list being endless. And (this is the infuriating bit) you might find that working from home means that you're perceived by others as someone who doesn't actually work! Aargh!

So, what on earth to do? Well, there are a few options to consider. You could go back to the directly employed workforce maybe and forget all about this self-employment malarkey. But why should you do that? Why throw in the towel and concede defeat, when you've worked so darn hard to lay the foundations stones of your business? After digging deep and finding the courage to make the break, to say good riddance to the day job, you finally took the plunge. Feel proud of that. Or you could find a part-time job somewhere, becoming part-time self-employed too. But that wasn't really the dream, was it? One solution that thousands of people up and down the country find works perfectly for them is grafting each day in a shared office space in their region. You could actually do that, say, three days a week, and spend only a couple of days at home; breaking the week up nicely.

According to DeskMag.com, in a 2018 Global Coworking Survey it's estimated that 1.7 million people will be working in around 19,000 coworking spaces around the world by the end of this year. The way we work is definitely changing. In Britain's towns and cities, and in rural areas, professionals in myriad industries are heading out from home in the mornings to a desk sharing location local to them. They love feeling part of something, the sense of community, the banter, the melting pot of ideas, and that there's a pool of talent there amongst their new-found friends and network contacts, which is helping them to grow and progress at an accelerated rate.

Anyone who's taken the step from being isolated at home to joining a shared office community will tell you that they'd be bonkers to return from whence they came. OK, as a coworker, you won't be able to work in your pyjamas (or indeed your pants!) as you sit at your rented desk, in between strolls around the bright and fresh contemporary facility where new mates abound. And it's unlikely that you can watch three more episodes of Game of Thrones Season Four as you could do at home when you know you should really be working. But, hey, you can always do all that kind of stuff at the weekend, right?

Have a think!

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