Working from home occurs either from necessity or as strategic choice to improve your quality of life, or to save on office costs if you have just started a business. However you have ended up working at home, there are some obvious advantages.
- No commute during peak hours
- Extra moments for seeing the children off to school
- Walking the dog
- Eating too much breakfast and drinking a decent cup of coffee.
The real advantages of working from home are increased time for yourself and you family, financial savings and, hopefully, better integration of your personal and professional life. Working from home allows you to simplify and streamline your life. If you organise your life at home carefully you will find the mental space you need to concentrate.
A possible downside of working from home is controlling the intertwining of your personal and professional life. You can end up with a computer and business equipment in every corner, unread business post all over the kitchen and you may find yourself supervising the washing machine or watching daytime TV when you should be finishing that report.
Physical and social boundaries can become blurred and unexpected pressures emerge. You have to decide when evening starts and you to stop checking your phone. If your office is in the house, can you walk past your work on Sunday without being reminded of what you have to do on Monday? When and how do you switch off?
The obvious way to create a physical boundary between work and home is to have a whole room as a home office and make sure you shut the door on the room when you are not working. But not everyone has a spare room.
An Office in the Garden
If you have the space and the budget a purpose built garden office gives working from home a different perspective. Commuting down the garden path each the morning puts a small, valuable space between your work and the rest of your life.
Hidden away in your garden office you can organise that little space to suit the way you work. You can be homely and untidy and throw away the vacuum cleaner, alive and energetic or very tidy, calm and relaxed. You can invite round colleagues and clients without them having to meet the cat or trip over the shopping in the kitchen.
When you move your work into a garden office, you discover that even the smallest garden patch isn’t the place you thought it was. There are new angles and perspectives, different light and sounds. There is also less grass to cut, now that you have used up some of the lawn.
There are many different types of buildings that can be used as a garden office. They range from simple sheds to housing standard garden offices. Buy the best you can afford, it will still be cheaper than moving or extending your house.
And In the evening you can lock your office door and go home.
If you want to know more about planning permission and working from home you can read about it here.