6 reasons I've rented office spacePicture this: The phone rings, you don’t answer it because you’re working. Then your mobile rings, again you don’t answer because you’re working. Whatsapp bleeps into life “Hey, can you just {insert completely non-urgent task here}…” Sound familiar?

Y’know, when you work from home you have to set some pretty flippin serious boundaries. Family and friends who are not in the online world can sometimes find it hard to understand what it is you actually do. Yes, you may be in your yoga pants (despite not having seen the inside of a studio in *ahem* some time) but you are in fact still working.

Managing interruptions becomes a top skill in your arsenal, PDQ (pretty damn quick).

But there comes a time when to save your sanity, personal relationships and business, it is time for the next step. Drumroll please… office space!

A whaaaat?

I know what you’re thinking, it’s expensive, you don’t need it, will you use it enough…but hold yo’ horses…

It is true that working in your pants with no one but the cat to judge you is one of the many perks of working from home. But there also comes a time to get more, well, business-y about your business.

And, depending where you are in the world there are different ways to find yourself your own little office. Here are 3 favourites…

Co-working spaces

Typically, you’ll find work spaces (also known as hot desking) for mainly temporary use in bigger cities but I have found them in the most unexpected places. Such as: Koh Lanta – a Thai island paradise, and in Beautiful Bali – overlooking lush rice fields.

We even have a few cropping up in Ibiza as the remote working business model gets more popular (and internet connection improves). This is the perfect option if you want to take your work on the move or you’re based somewhere for a short time.

Shared office space

my new office This is more permanent solution, and one I’ve recently signed up for! Look here’s mine 🙂

Waaaay back when I was employed I longed for the freedom of working where and when I wanted, so when I set up my own business, working from home was a dream come true. Renting office space was not something I thought I’d ever do again.

And yet, 7 years on, I miss the camaraderie benefits you get that working in an office provides. Like, bouncing ideas around with office buddies, and receiving creative downloads just by being surrounded by entrepreneurial go-getters. (Y’know what they say: you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with).

Cafe working

If you aren’t ready to commit to renting hotdesking or renting a designated space. Or, you’re still reveling in the post-employed benefits of working from home (“…But the commute from bedroom to home office saves me soooo much time!”), at least get dressed and head out of the house sometimes.

Getting a change of scene ignites your creativity and increases your chances of building relationships with other like-minded people. (I’ve made many valuable connections by working from cafes).

Read more about why cafe working can help here.

If you still need convincing here are the 6 reasons I changed my mind about renting designated office space. If any of these ring true for you, it may be time you did the same!

  1. Multitasking is a complete myth

    Science backs me up on this. You may think you are the queen of multitasking but you actually get more done, and do a better job, when you focus on just one thing at a time (remember my Speed dating to do list method? Like that).

    And working from home is FULL of distractions. Sometimes doing the dishes feels a billion times more appealing than finishing that blog post. It’s a procrastination minefield.

  2. While we’re talking about the P-word

    Having dedicated work space away from home gives you accountability – and that’s a treasured gift when you’re the boss and working solo.

    You’re paying for the luxury so you’ll want to use it, right? Plus, when you have dedicated working hours – it motivates you to get your work done in time. Only got 2 hours to spare? Ready, set, GO! (this is a tried and trusted method of mine to kick procrastination to the curb)

  3. Knowing where the hell your stuff is

    Let’s be super honest – working from home can mean a trail of notebooks, chargers, files and goodness knows what all over the place. Not only will it drive you mad when you can’t find what you are looking for, it’s a total waste of time too. And it means more house cleaning…bleugh. Plus no one can “borrow” your fave pen or colour in your planner.

  4. Finding your peeps

    If you go down the route of a shared workspace, depending on the size of it, you get all the buzz of a really cool office with none of the office politics. Winning!

    Imagine hanging out with a like minded tribe of spirited entrepreneurs – inspiring huh? I don’t know about your house but Humphrey couldn’t be less interested in my latest discovery or client wins. Rude cat.

    NB when you look around a place keep in mind the vibe of the other people working there, it might seem like a nice to have but it’s actually super important that you jive with the other folks there.

  5. Leaving work at work

    It’s a huge problem for passionate, inspired people like us to STOP. Especially when you have the overlap of working from home – “just a minute” turns into an hour in the blink of an eye.
    There’s a big mental shift in going to work and LEAVING work. And it means when you’re home you’re actually home, spending time with those other people who live there – remember them?

  6. It’s tax deductible

    In most countries you can write off the tax of your workspace, get your accountant to look into it to see what difference it will make on what you can afford to rent.

Over to you

So are you a yoga pants home bunny or do you stray outside? I’d love to know your experiences of different places to work – got any unusual stories? Hit me up in the comments!

Still trying to figure out the next steps for your business? Grab yo’self a free Chemistry Call with me and together we’ll see where you are and what your next logical steps are.