As nice as it may be to have just a 30-second commute to the home office each morning, there will be times when both your sanity and your productivity can benefit from working outside of the home. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to go back to the cubicles of old, but it is valuable to step outside of your door from time to time.
Thanks to the lower price of technology and the greater prevalence of free Wi-Fi hotspots, you can walk into just about any coffee shop in a major city and be blanketed in free Internet access. Just pack up your laptop, head over to the local Starbucks (or other similar coffee bar), and get in a few hours outside of the home.
If your home-based business doesn’t require access to the Internet, your options are even greater. Try going to the public library for some peace and quiet. Head out to the beach or the park for some fresh air. It may even be valuable to work from your back porch every once in a while.
A suitable alternative that you may also consider is the shared office space that you can get from a place like The Network Hub. This shared workspace gives you in-office camaraderie, as well as full mail and phone service, without the pressures of office politics. If you spend most of your time working from home, you can also use The Network Hub for meeting room rentals so you don’t have to invite clients into your cramped (and possibly cluttered) apartment.
Whatever your situation and no matter how much you like working out of your home office, it is of paramount importance that you get away from those same four walls from time to time. This can boost your confidence, improve your productivity, and save your sanity.