By PaperRocket Accounting, Jun 27 2017 05:00AM
For the majority of self-employed workers, they will have the freedom and flexibility to work wherever they choose, whether this is at home, a rented space or the nearest library or café.
Of course, what will work for one person, might not for another and there are pros and cons to any working space.
Here we take a look at some of the different working space options for contractors.
Working from home
For many people, the idea of working from their own home is a dream come true – you’re in your own personal space with complete control and you don’t have to partake in the usual daily commute to the office.
There are of course some downsides, for example, it can become quite a lonely way of working and you need to be able to stay focused and motivated to work!
In order to make sure you are making the most of your working day it’s most definitely worth coming up with a few rules and sticking to them.
Set yourself working hours – When you work from home, it can be difficult to separate work from relaxation time, and so by getting up and dressed and ready by a certain time, it will be much easier to set yourself up for ‘work mode’.
Give yourself set times for working and taking your lunch break, as well as other small breaks throughout the day.
Avoid distractions – There are plenty of distractions at home when compared to a ‘normal’ working environment.
Whether it’s the TV, social media or even the radio that distracts you, limit these things to break times in order to keep yourself focussed during your working hours.
Try to carry out any household chores during breaks, before or after your working day.
Make sure that you establish a work space – If possible, try to make a room a designated office space, where you can set up a desk and computer, as well as keeping all your work documents etc together in the one place.
Keep your office room or area as clean and tidy as possible, so that you can stay in work mode without getting stressed about finding certain files etc. and only keep the essentials on your desktop, such as your computer, printer and business phone.
Renting out a workspace
If the idea of working from home is something that doesn’t appeal to you, whether it’s because you’ll miss having the company of others or you just know you won’t be able to get on with as much work if you’re in your own home, then it might be worth considering renting out an office space.
Co-working spaces are ideal for those still yearning for a working environment, but with all the perks of being your own boss.
One of the downsides with this option is the fact that you will need to pay to rent out this space, which can be quite costly, especially as the majority of these spaces are often found in cities.
Working in a public place
If all you need is a laptop to get on with work, then a public space, such as a library or café is the ideal option – you’re able to get out of the same four walls if you were working from home and you don’t have to pay rent.
Of course, if you are somewhere like a café, you will need to purchase some food or beverages and this could end up being quite expensive in the long-term. There’s also the fact that you have absolutely no control of the space, meaning that a noisy environment could be quite distracting.
A library would be the complete opposite to this, however, if you needed to make any business related calls, you wouldn’t be able to do this inside the building.
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