If you’re self-employed and work on your own, there’s a good chance that your office is wherever you decide to make it on a given day. One day, you may work in your pajamas at the kitchen table. The next you might head out and sit at a coffee shop. Over the course of your self-employed career you could easily find yourself working out of airports, hotel rooms, bars, taxis, parks, homes, and even office buildings at one time or another. This high level of mobility is undoubtedly one of the major perks of the job.
But for many of us the question eventually surfaces: Should I get myself an office space? A real, physical one?
Answering this question has become increasingly difficult to do. For those of us who work primarily online, it was once perfectly common to operate our business from the kitchen table. The online industry was still in its frontier-style infancy, and it didn’t matter where you were so long as you had a computer and perhaps a Skype account.
But a few things have happened to change that in the past couple years. First, the internet business has gone mainstream and “settled down” more, meaning that once again people are more likely to work out of an office than a garage. Second, the popularity of shared work spaces – offices where small or solo businesses can rent out a desk or two in a room full of workers in a similar industry – has brought many cost-conscious entrepreneurs out of the shadows in places like New York and San Francisco. And, finally, when you work for a while in one job you can go through long periods where it is hard to be productive outside of an office environment. You’ll never miss the commute, but you likely will occasionally regret not having a set workspace outside of the home.
So this is all to say that getting an office can be a tempting proposition, even for someone who does all their work online and rarely needs to meet with a client. If you feel that renting out an office or a desk would truly help improve your productivity, doing so may ultimately help your business’ bottom line. In this case, you can start searching out comfortable office chairs for sale and prepare to make your working life a bit less migratory. But make sure that you aren’t simply getting an office to counter a productivity slump or keep pace with your peers.
After all, not having your own place certainly comes with its disadvantages. But as self-employed workers we know that nothing can ultimately tie us down – not even an office.