1. You can get easily distracted at home.
Whether it’s children, pets, or that slightly odd noise your boiler keeps making, it can be a lot easier to be torn away from your work in the comforts of your own home than in the cool confines of a professional office.
And comfort can be part of the problem. While there might not be anything in particular happening that makes you divert from work, the fact you’re in your home surroundings may tempt you into relaxation, and before you know it you’re checking Facebook instead of getting on with things.
If you know you’re prone to distraction, setting up a space in your home that is just for work may make it easier to separate your work and home life.
2. You can become isolated at home.
When you work on your own it’s easy to become shut off from the world around you, and even more so when you’re not leaving the house for work.
If you tend to get stir crazy or need the buzz of other people around you, it may be better to look into shared office spaces – or plan lots of events and get-togethers outside of your work to make sure you’re getting the right dose of socialisation.
3. It’s harder to switch off
It’s 7pm and you get an email from a client. Do you open it? If you open it, do you respond? And if they ask you for a piece of work, do you get started on it?
When you leave an office at 5 on the dot it’s easy to declare work over for the day, but when you work from home those boundaries can get rather blurred.
It’s important to make sure you have down time from your work, so much like those who’re easily distracted, setting up a designated area in your house for work can help make the work/home boundary more distinct.
4. It’s easy to stagnate
When you work outside of your own home, each day brings many more experiences than if you don’t leave. Whether it an interesting – or at least unusual – occurrence on your commute, a conversation you have, or just seeing something other than the four walls you live in, the little differences in your day can help stop you from getting into a rut.
5. It’s harder to accommodate clients and employees
One of the biggest downsides to a home office is the issue of clients and employees. At the start of self-employed life you may not want to take on any employees, but meeting clients could be important for your business.
Coming across as professional can be important for securing business, which for some types of work could well rule out meeting at your house. If you have an office space, that problem is immediately solved. However, you can always use local cafes if you need to meet clients but would prefer to work from home.
As for employees, it can be a lot harder to convince people to come to your house to work, so if working from home is a priority for you, then perhaps consider hiring people to work remotely.