Do you work from home? There are a lot of perks to working at the same address you shower and brush your teeth. The commute is nil. Wearing your pajamas to work is nice. Taking a break to hit up the refrigerator and maybe an episode or two of Netflix is certainly nice. If you own your business, not having to pay expenses for a separate office space and the associated utilities is certainly a positive.
However, there are some serious downsides to working from home. Sometimes the equipment you need isn’t available. Sometimes you need to host important meetings and your kitchen table is an inappropriate venue for it. Sometimes having constant access to the fridge and TV is a bad thing. Sometimes working from home is isolating and boring.
When you have a love-hate relationship with working out of your house, the best solution for you might be snagging a temporary office space that gives you the best of both worlds. Temporary office spaces are a somewhat new concept that offer a virtual office setup on a short-term, part-time, or as-needed basis. Although the concept of virtual office providers are new to the office space industry, it is quickly sweeping the nation. A few reasons that work-from-home professionals are quickly getting on board with the temporary office space concept includes:
- Working from home can be lonely.
If you spend the entire work day with only the company of your cat, you might find yourself slowly losing your mind. There is a reason God made Eve as a companion for Adam. Humans need to have contact with other humans from time to time. And you might find that being your own source of motivation will eventually burn you out.
By renting a temporary office space, you get into the world and make connections with other professionals. Even just crossing paths with other temporary office renters is a good way to get some human interaction that we all need once in a while.
- Temporary offices offer technology you shouldn’t buy for yourself.
There are a million one-off office amenities that you need once in a while, but not enough to make it worth investing in yourself. You need to host a video conference with associates across the globe. You need to send a fax. You need to collate, staple, or paper clip your documents. Those little inconveniences when you’re running your own office can be deal-breakers when you work from home. It can be a really cost-saver to use a temporary office when you need office technology, rather than buying it yourself.
- Using an official office space gives your business credibility.
If you’re an entrepreneur just getting yourself started, it might be hard to get investors or potential customers to trust in your business enough to give your their money. This is particularly true if you hold your important meetings on your living room couch, or in a coffee shop. By utilizing professional office solutions, you have a nice, professional meeting room to pitch important meetings in, and give your potential investors or clients an impression that says you mean business. Meanwhile, using temporary office space instead of actually renting out an office saves you precious start up capital.
This cost savings is multifaceted. You aren’t bleeding money on monthly rent, when you can do the legwork from home for free and only need an “official” work space sporadically. You also don’t have to hand over your precious start-up capital for office furniture, network equipment, and incidentals like pens and coffee. Those are all included in your temporary office space, when you need them.
- Staying on track can be tough when you’re your own boss.
Trust us, you aren’t the first home-office worker who binged watched Netflix instead of working. Renting a temporary office adds structure to your work day to keep you track, even if it is only a few days a month. Having to get up, get dressed, and go to another place that is designated only for you to work will keep you focused and on track.
Do you rent a temporary office? We want to hear what you love and hate about it below!