Earlier this year I made the transition from working in a busy London advertising agency to working at home. Part of the reason for that was to have greater flexibility around my daughter’s childcare and so that I could see her a lot more. I definitely do not miss agency life, just like I don’t miss the plush reception desk or fancy reception chairs, or the fun break-out areas. But I do miss the people, the banter and the beers at 4pm on a Friday.
Working in an office and working at home are two very different beasts, mainly because there is so much more interaction when working in an office. Saying that I don’t miss the interaction at home, in fact I love it, and there are so many reasons to love working from home.
- You’re in control of the tea and biscuits. You can make as many cups of tea as like, without feeling like you’re over-doing it, or having to make a huge round of tea for the entire team every time you go to the kitchen.
- You’re working on your own time. I love being able to control the hours and days that I work around childcare. I am effectively my own boss at the moment, as long as I get done what I need to by the deadline.
- You can have your own office room with luxurious office furniture that is styled to suit your home. I know that when we eventually move we hope to have an office, or just a space for a desk would be wonderful.
- It’s quiet. There’s no one constantly interrupting you, or getting distracted by something that’s going on across the office. I was always amazed at how much more work I completed at home than when I was working in an office, and now I plough through my to-do list on the days when the little one is in nursery.
- You’re not a spending a fortune on lunches. Instead it’s easy to eat last nights leftovers, or make a quick sandwich, instead of forking out £7 – £8 a day on a burrito or a Katsu Curry. It’s great for the bank balance, and also helps to keep the weight off too.
- Lastly if you get bored of sitting somewhere in your house, you can easily move desks to the sofa, the kitchen table or even outside if it’s a nice day. See it as hot-desking in your own home. I particularly like these Penny chairs they would look nice in a bay window or in a suitably stylish kitchen extension.
So those are my top 6 reasons why it’s great to work from home, and not in a office. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but from a productivity angle I definitely achieve more, although it can be lonely with limited human interaction. However being a blogger and training to be a social media manager means that I am never more than a click from somebody.
You can find out a couple more productivity hacks in this recent Calibre blog post.
What’s your opinion on people who work from home? Or are you WAHM like me.
N.B This is a sponsored post for Calibre Furniture