1. Youve nailed it on the head Curt! We are two web professionals working from home, and its hard to get even 25 productive hours I find what with the housework, child, and the phone… alas the local offices available are all unaffordable as yet, but we are definitely seeing the benefits of a small office space – with signage – where people can meet us in a professional space.

  2. Spot on Curt. I find I need to vacate my domicile to be more productive. Be it the local Caribou Coffee (now closed unfortunately) or the office down the street I share with our colleague Dennis Cook, I get lots more done if I am not in my home. Plus, the socialization aspect is critical. Being out among people gives me energy. Even the “white noise” of an office or coffee shop seems to help. I find it easier to concentrate in those surroundings than in the relative silence of my home. Sounds counter-intuitive but it works for me.

  3. I have run my photography business from my home for thirteen years. It has worked for me because I travel to all my clients instead of them coming to my business location. I do see your point though of spending too much time working when you should be enjoying family time. For now due to the high cost of rent and gas I think I’ll stick with working from home even if it is a bit dysfunctional. 🙂

  4. Curt, I agree. Working from home is not for everyone. In my first business, my business partners often struggled with working from home. We built our company in the basement and soon we grew to a point where we could afford an office space and when we did, I noticed a significant difference in the way he worked. Myself, I don’t struggle working from home at all. I believe it’s the same reason Scott gave, I also travel to see my clients on a regular basis but even if that wasn’t the case, I don’t mind working from home. I guess it’s also because I am single with no children or pets so I can focus easier 😉 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this – I wonder if it will spur a rash of Office buys 🙂

  5. It’s interesting how this post has generated such strong feedback (both here and on Google+) that is truly split down the middle. People feel very strongly on both sides. I note that, until very recently, I felt very strongly about working from home versus an office. It was only after working a few weeks in my own office space that I realized the great benefits. Obviously, I understand that having an office space may be cost-prohibitive. I also realize that, if you have multiple people in an office setting, you have to be very focused to not waste time (more time is wasted in office cooler talk and needless meetings than anything else). For those who do work from home, I’ve had a great suggestion from a friend to get out every so often and work from a location outside your home. The white noise can help focus, and it sets a time limit for you to get your work done to stay productive.

  6. Welcome Curt to Charleston from fellow Charleston Business!
    I do see both sides…I have owned & operated by business for ten years. I have had it both ways – office space and in the home. I can say it does take discipline to have your office in your home. I am one of those while still in my PJ’s will return emails in the morning or return phone calls in the evenings while pausing my favorite TV show. But my clients, I believe, appreciate this quick response that I can only give if my office is always where I am. But for several years I had office space too and I did shut the office off in my mind more easily once locking up for the night. But I still prefer to have the office in my home – convenient, quick, easily accessible. When I walk out of the office part of the house, I shut the door and don’t enter the room unless work is to be done. While working from home, the hardest part is not to multitask with laundry, house chores – not to mention kids running in as their needs arise – you have to set your “Office Rules” and my family complies. I utilize video chat to meet with clients, so interaction has not been an issue as I do have clients in more than one state. Lastly, for those that are disciplined enough to work from home – you are saving money on renting office space, cost & aggravation of traffic & saving time with that short walk to the office in the home!(refer to Curt’s article of your time = money)
    The decision is as personal as your office chair, whichever you are most comfortable & most productive in. Good luck in either decision ya’ll…

  7. What a great article, there’s no doubt that working from home is not suitable for everyone, specially for those with kids and lousy neighbors. However, finding office space can always be an issue and that’s why many people simply decide to stay home.

    This is why at OfficeList, we provide free assistance for people looking for office space in the U.S. and Canada, we make sure you find an affordable option that can fill all your needs.

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