When you started your small freelancing side hustle it was a necessity to work from home. It was cost-effective. After all, you’re already living there and paying rent or a mortgage. So, you simply designate a space for work and you’re all set. Simple, right?
But what if your freelance business is beginning to take off? What if you’re no longer some small fry trying to make it big? What if renting an office is within your budget? Should you spring a few hundred dollars per month to lease office space?
While the decision is a personal one that’s entirely up to you, I’m going to tell you 5 reasons why having an office space can benefit you.
1. You Will Increase Your Productivity
The number one reason to get an office outside of your house is to improve your productivity.
This point alone can justify the added expense.
- Maybe you have small children who need your attention throughout the day.
- Maybe you have a difficult time working in a messy cluttered house.
- Or perhaps you just can’t work efficiently with distractions like city noise, the radio or the television on.
- Then there’s the refrigerator that is always just one room away, tempting you to pause working to find a snack.
Getting out of the house can help you avoid all those distractions so you can concentrate on what matters and get more work done.
2. You Will Have A More Professional Appearance
First impressions mean a lot. If your job requires you to meet clients in person, you need to have a real office. If your side gig is a website designer, marketing agency or consultant of some kind, you might need to schedule an appointment every now and then.
Having an office space gives you the businesslike impression you need to make a positive impression. If you meet a client at a coffee shop, at their own home or business, or at your home, it doesn’t give the appearance of a professional person who they can trust with their money.
What you need is the added credibility of physical office space, which may lead to you attracting more clients.
3. You Get Your Own Business Address
When you run a small business your address will be splashed everywhere. Much like your email should be from your domain name rather than gmail or yahoo, your address should also be professional.
- If you have a newsletter for your blog, your physical address should be in every email.
- If you have a “contact me” section you may also include an address as well.
- If you have business cards, your address should be on them.
- Your domain registration information is public, unless you pay to hide it.
You really don’t want to publish your home address anywhere publicly. That’s where getting an office comes into play.
An office space gives you a real address, which is much better than a PO Box. Would you trust a website with no address or a PO Box? But seeing an address with a suite number lets you know you’re dealing with a person who takes their business seriously.
4. Access To Advanced Technology
Some office spaces are fully equipped to handle your growing freelance business. Some have large shared conference rooms with video teleconferencing capabilities. You simply need to schedule to have the room to yourself ahead of time. If you think having office space leaves a good impression, imagine how having a conference room makes a client feel.
There’s another added benefit to renting out office space. You may also benefit from a super fast internet connection that you can’t get at home.
5. Having An Office Gives You The Right Mindset
Ever heard of that old adage: you have to spend money to make money? You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your dream office. All you’re looking for is a small room so you can get work done. Plus, that money paid plus any other office-related expenses are fully tax deductible.
By dishing out a few hundred dollars per month, you’ll force yourself to work hard. You’ll realize you’re spending money so you will definitely want to take advantage of the time you spend there. Being in an office with a desk, a computer, a filing cabinet and no distractions can really do a lot to put you in the right frame of mind.
Then, when you head home, you can concentrate on your family life and leave work behind as much as possible.
Do you have an office, a home office, or neither? How would you rate your level of productivity? Let me know in the comments section below.