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Where Do You Work?

Assuming that you have a choice available with no outside factors involved – choosing whether to work from home or a rented space/studio is a decision every freelancer should spend time thinking about. Importantly, it’s a question that one should probably ask themselves at regular intervals of their freelancing life… There is no right or wrong answer; it is ultimately a personal decision for the lone freelancer.

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Working from home has its benefits and many will spout a million different possible ‘benefits’. In my opinion, there are only 2 that are worth taking serious note of:

  • It is cheap – low fees / overheads.
  • It is convenient – the dream working lifestyle.

The obvious, clear and undeniable advantage is that working form home is virtually free. It is a marginal percentage of the fee that often comes with a rented space. One big concern of any freelancer is cash-flow; signing onto another monthly bill is a prospect that appeals to few of us.

Getting up at 11am , having a long chill-out, starting some work at 1pm… stopping, going for a walk, watching day-time TV, then doing a little more work at 8pm.. sounds like a dream? To most, its nirvana. This is the romanticized version of the freelancer lifestyle – the idea of working when YOU want to work.

I personally work from home and honestly, on a good day,
I am up at roughly 10am and I stop working at roughly 7pm. Breaks come when I travel to meetings and maybe 90 minutes or so right in the middle of the day. Furthermore, my working week often extends into the weekend. As a freelancer, we do it all; administrative work, marketing, project management, sales, etc.

If you are one of the lucky few, are you as successful as you could be? If you have lived a life of habitual procrastination and irregular patterns, then this has surely has left you not being as productive as you could be.

How many of us actually live the romanticized freelancer lifestyle?

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Work Home

Many see paying for a rented working space as an unnecessary expense. However there are clear advantages to a dedicated working space:

  • Prestige
    Meeting clients at a business address.
  • Psychological
    ‘I am going to work’ and ‘I have finished work and am going home.’
  • Professional Environment
    Your possible office space might be around other creative professionals.

Having a rented place gives you the psychological uplift of having somewhere to head to in the morning. When you get there, you know you are there to work. There is a mental lift when inviting clients to meet and discuss projects and there is an image of a truly professional outfit. Starbucks and little cafes aren’t everybody’s cup of tea. It also helps you to separate your work life (freelancing is a job!) from your social life with a distinct line that helps you know when to stop.

One of the things that we often overlooks as freelancers is that we need a routine to be productive and efficient. Rented space; because you’re paying for it – is an incentive towards establishing a working routine. Of course the obvious disadvantage is cost. Others include the fact that many freelancers are freelancers to escape being cooped up inside a space whilst working.

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Taking those I know as a sample, I think its fair to say the vast majority of us work from home. Maybe as freelancers, we are motivated enough to work hard in the comforts of our houses. Also, the negatives of saying ‘I work from home’ are not as taboo as they once where a decade ago. It is almost ‘trendy’ to say so now.

Either way, making the right choice for you is important; where you work is one of those overlooked factors that could be the thorn or spur in your success! Link

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It’s your turn. Let us know where you work by leaving a comment below. You can also share with us the reason why you rent an office or why you have decided to work from home. We’d love to have an interesting discussion about this subject so feel free to contribute to the discussion. Thank you for reading the article. You can follow the Design Informer on Twitter here1.

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    I have never ‘worked from home’ but I’ve often wondered how it would feel to set up a home office. I do agree that the whole routine of going to work every morning does have its benefits in that it provides a separation between professional life and recreation. I like that balance and divide.

    Excellent article!

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    I work from home for now. I have two young ones that I get to see throughout the day. Nothing beats popping in and playing with the kids at a moments notice.

    I may have a small office for meetings one day soon, but unless I have a meeting, I prefer to save the commute time and have the luxury of walking down the hall to the office.

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    @Tomas – Thanks for starting the discussion. So you’re one of those guys who like to work at an office? I personally would love to just work from home full-time. I used to do it before, and I might again do so in the future.

    @Josh – I would have to agree with you. That is probably the main reason why I would like to work in an office. It helps you have a routine. But hey, if you have a lot of character and you are able to push yourself to work in your home office, then more power to you.

    @H1brd – You bring up some good points to discussion. The main one for me in those reasons you have is sharing ideas. It’s a lot easier to share ideas face-to-face rather than through email.

    @Joe – That sounds great! I think working at home is ideal for some because they get to take care of their children and become more involved in their children’s day-to-day lives. Do they ever bother you while you are working though? :)

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    @Graphiste – Really, that’s some nice equipment you have there.

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    @Tomas – That’s great. I currently work in an office right now, and have been doing it for about 8 months. I do love it here. Although, I really wouldn’t mind going back home and working there.

    The only thing about my current job now is that it’s 25 miles away, and with traffic in the morning, the drive can be quite horrible.

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    I work for myself in my home office in Murrieta, CA… will post pics soon, once i finish setting it up :)

    ~ Aaron I

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    @Preston – Glad that you found a job. It can be very stressful though, to have a job and freelance at the same time. I do that now, and it is very hard to work a FT job, run a growing blog, and finish my freelance projects. It really does take discipline to get everything done.

    Good luck on your new endeavors!

    @Aaron – Looking forward to those pics man. Definitely post them up here. You can embed them with on the comments. Thanks!

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    people say im a workoholic, i work as designer in a newspaper, very boring and facistic, but good pay, and, in the other hand, also have my freelance at home, sometimes with father – – ->

    this lets me more freedom to create, have a boss and a style to be attached to, is some way slavering, but a good reference for future works

    great article

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    Work (if you call it that) at our family business and web/social media has made a HUGE boom in our niche. Hours pretty flexible and can do things at home, at the office and from next year will be doing alot of it while traveling other countries :)

    Cloud FTW!

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    @JAD – They never bother me. Sometimes I’ll be on the phone and hear a DAD, DAD, DAD, DAD! because my son wants to play. My clients are aware that I work from home and they understand there may be a rare “dad” calling from across the house. Sometimes it’s a great icebreaker as they’ll ask about my kids, I’ll ask about theirs and it helps build a little relationship off the bat.

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    This is a great debate…

    I have worked from home and in a rented office and personally I must say that the I was most productive and creative actually working in an office.

    Currently I am back to working from home.
    What I have tried to do is to create an “office” or “work space” at home that looks and feels professional to help me make that psycological shift.

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    Working from home is fine as long as you have two things, dedication and proper equipment.

    Unless you are dedicated to waking up seven days a week, working constantly, and managing every ounce of your business, go far it. Anyone who questions whether they will be able to do this or not, probably shouldnt.

    As for equipment, if you have a 6 year old pentium 4 laptop, with a 20gb hard drive and cant afford a workstation, or at least a better laptop, dont even consider freelancing. You need a budget when opening any business, especially one centered on technology.

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    Wow.. I personally think that I’m more productive at office because at home I can’t really concentrate on my work. Maybe if I have my own house (currently I live with family), I can focus more on my work. Great insights though

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    As I have yet to begin Freelancing (as I am still in my studies for design & development ) I do have the benefit of working from home with my Full Time Job – so this is “prepping” me for when I do begin to Freelance. I will continue to stick to a routine and will probably continue to work my 8 – 7/8pm schedule (of course it will be nice to benefit to get out for an hour or so). Thanks for the article. Great site @ Acuity – I visit often.

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    It’s nice to hear everyone’s comments about where they work and where they would rather work.

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    Great… Interesting discussion. Thanks…


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    I just mainly work out of my apartment. Definately saves overhead. I work 30 hrs doing delivery for maintaining cash flow, and graphic retouching for another 30-40 hrs. Part of that is my photography and independent contracting jobs. I have had the opportunity to work at a studio, but with the drive and everything i didn’t like it. I schedule meetings with certain photographers to keep active and meet deadlines. Delivery keeps me interacting with customers and even on how customers react… kind of a social experiment if you will on customer expectations. This is a great article and the posts are very informative. Thank you.


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    It’s a very interesting article. I would someday like to work in an office setting again, but it would not allow me the flexibility to also raise my young kids. I enjoy burning the midnight oil anyway, so working from home has become an ideal place to set up shop.


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