Be Smart .Take an office or public place .

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For long time i work from my home but i think its a big mistake as working from my home its very easy to be distracted for example when someone comes at my house : friend ,family members etc i stop working as i cannot tell them hey dont disturb me as i work in online marketing ,at home i take btreaks very easy as bed its easy disponible etc and many other vdistractions .Now i start to work from starbucks and my produtivity skyrocket as i work constant here as i dont have distractions etc and the atmosfere its more relaxing that from my home .In the future i plan to search an office or hub space etc
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

    as i cannot tell them hey dont disturb me as i work in online marketing ,at home
    Of course you can. The reality is, you simply choose not to. Every distraction you list can be overcome with a little determination. If your friends can't abide by your ground rules - they are not your friends. They just want to sabotage your potential success. Lose them! :-)

    I guarantee you that when you start paying rent on a workspace, you'll quickly be singing a different tune. There is no greater joy in being self-employed at something you can do from home.

    Fine tune your system!

    Starbucks? Really? lol
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    • Profile picture of the author spartan14
      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Of course you can. The reality is, you simply choose not to. Every distraction you list can be overcome with a little determination. If your friends can't abide by your ground rules - they are not your friends. They just want to sabotage your potential success. Lose them! :-)

      I guarantee you that when you start paying rent on a workspace, you'll quickly be singing a different tune. There is no greater joy in being self-employed at something you can do from home.

      Fine tune your system!

      Starbucks? Really? lol
      I am agree with you man ,but we must to improve until we succed . In IM time its money so every minute counts ,but in my opinion an office its more productive
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  • Profile picture of the author Ajobel
    Good thinking
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  • Profile picture of the author digi0web
    Before you start paying office rent and salary of executives that will work in your office, you need to be confident to your strategy, accumulate money rather than taking loan.
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by digi0web View Post

      Before you start paying office rent and salary of executives that will work in your office, you need to be confident to your strategy, accumulate money rather than taking loan.
      It look the original poster dose not have any executives at the moment. Also did the o.p. mention a loan any where in the post ?

      Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

      ,but in my opinion an office its more productive
      You can find your self very nonproductive there if you still take a look at the internet or the phones ring there. Once in a office you start being called by the people that want to sell you marketing services, faster internet, business loans, credit card machines etc. Plus if you get board or lonely in a private office it is easy just as easy to waste time there. Plus you have to worry about rent and other costs now. That can cause you to be less productive than working at home.

      Working at home could be better for some people, others may need a office. Sounds like you are happy at Starbucks so stay there and work, and stop telling others whats best for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author rushindo
    This definitely depends on the individual. I have been working home for years - on my couch!

    I am 10x more productive at home on the couch, than I am in Starbucks or any other coffee shop. When I am in public, I am constantly looking around at everything that moves - including people walking in. Conversations distract me. Every little thing distracts me.

    I am not tempted to stop working or go to bed when I am home. So it depends on the person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I rented an office for a year but found I still preferred to work at home most of the time. For me it wasn't worth the money. However, I don't have small children at home so that could change the equation.

    When I need a break from working at home I go to the library which is a block away. They don't charge me a penny and it's quieter than a coffee shop.

    Everyone is different, so do what works best for you.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author charlesgalofre
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    this is true. i work from a 24 hour mcdonalds. it has an open space and free wifi which is not bad. you get the mcdonalds app and get 1 food all day with sometimes giveaways. its not that bad i agree. they also have spaces around the city where you rent a desk as an office. that cant be that bad either.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by charlesgalofre View Post

      i work from a 24 hour mcdonalds.
      And to think that I was commenting under the misconception that nothing could be worse than working at a Starbucks. I stand corrected!

      And you actually eat the food there, too? Don't tell me. You run a 'health and fitness' blog. :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
        Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

        And to think that I was commenting under the misconception that nothing could be worse than working at a Starbucks. I stand corrected!

        And you actually eat the food there, too? Don't tell me. You run a 'health and fitness' blog. :-)
        The McDonald's story brought back memories, along with some indigestion.

        A few years ago I suffered an emotional breakdown which resulted in major financial problems. I stopped all extra expenses including cable and internet.

        I did my writing business mostly from a McDonalds since it was near my apartment and I could eat cheap food while working.

        Though the times were tough they taught me:

        I am a resilient person who can survive tough times as long I have my brain.

        When there's a will to work there's always a way.

        The ability to block out distractions is the key to productive writing.

        Fries pack on the weight.

        Rose
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        • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
          Originally Posted by Rose Anderson View Post

          The ability to block out distractions is the key to productive writing.
          Two words. Local library. :-)

          Glad you survived your travails, but I'm worried about your LDL.
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          • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
            Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

            Two words. Local library. :-)

            Glad you survived your travails, but I'm worried about your LDL.
            Now that I live in the same block as the library I do work from there quite often. It's been recently remodeled and it's a great work space. Quiet and no temptations

            My doctor shares your concern for my LDL but it is getting better.

            I think getting your mind trained to be able to work from anywhere is one of the best things a writer (or online marketer) can do. Butt in chair, no excuses. That is what I consider being smart. Eating fries, not so smart.

            Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    This all comes down to self discipline and setting rules for yourself and other people. It's also helpful to have an actual office in your home with a door.

    Speaking of doors, there's no rule that if someone knocks on your front door or calls you on the phone, you have to answer it. I screen my calls and set up times of the day when I return phone calls. I also never answer a knock on the front door unless I am expecting someone (and if I am expecting them, I've already scheduled them into my routine that day).
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by spartan14 View Post

    For long time i work from my home but i think its a big mistake as working from my home its very easy to be distracted for example when someone comes at my house : friend ,family members etc i stop working as i cannot tell them hey dont disturb me as i work in online marketing ,at home i take btreaks very easy as bed its easy disponible etc and many other vdistractions .Now i start to work from starbucks and my produtivity skyrocket as i work constant here as i dont have distractions etc and the atmosfere its more relaxing that from my home .In the future i plan to search an office or hub space etc
    I understand why you would want to, but it's all about setting boundaries and self control. I can work at home without being distracted, but it takes a while to make sure the people around you understand that and get proper boundaries set.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertMiguel
    I feel you on this man - i had moved in with girlfriend myself and because i work right from home at the time ... it was easy to get distracted as i didn't want to be rude like i am to my other friends who i say to "sorry i can't talk - i'm wired in" ...

    So having a cubicle at the library did actually helped - there i could really focus esp. when i have a ton of work to do!
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  • Profile picture of the author andrew kisilu
    Changing your environment happens to be a great way to increase productivity but With that said I believe Focus is a result of discipline on one's end .If you find yourself getting distracted so easily then go with this way as well If not,stick to what works best for you.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Morafranco
    Good advice, I will also add that working from home has horrible effects on your posture and spine.
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    • Profile picture of the author DaveMartin
      Originally Posted by Morafranco View Post

      Good advice, I will also add that working from home has horrible effects on your posture and spine.
      That's true if you're working inside your closet. Seriously though if you're
      working from home and you take your business seriously you need to invest in the right tools for the job just like a carpenter or a plumber. Its not just about having fast internet or a shiny laptop. A comfortable ergonomic chair and desk is absolutely essential.

      This is an interesting topic as I was thinking about going outside to work this week but I agree it is all about self discipline. I will move into a new house in a few weeks which will have a room I can use as an office and I do feel that having a room in which you can be alone will be better.

      At the moment my family know not to disturb me when I'm working.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obermair
    I have been working from my home office successfully for the past fifteen years. As was mentioned above, the time savings are tremendous - no need to hop in a car, on a bike or skateboard to head to the local library/Panera/McDonalds.

    The major reason for my success was setting ground rules with the family. My office has glass French doors, and when I really needed to concentrate or was on a phone call, I put a sticky on the glass door that said "I'm busy for the next x hours/minutes. Please do not disturb". After a couple of weeks, I don't think they even read the note - just saw that a yellow sticky note meant that I was unavailable. Of course when the kids were little, they used to press their faces against the glass and peer in as though I was doing something amazing. Most of the time it wasn't that amazing - conference calls!

    Save the money and don't get your own office space. Use a space at home and leverage the home office tax savings which btw help with your car expenses. If your home office is the first place you go to during the day, the IRS counts that as your first trip (which is not deductible). So any trips after that to visit clients/library/Staples is deductible. But I digress.

    Stay at home - and in my case, I avoid the snow in the winter!
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  • Profile picture of the author karlmay1980
    Everyone needs to find the best place for them. If yours is Starbucks then great you have found somewhere that works for you. That may not be the best way for someone else, maybe others can cut out distractions at home or agree with friends they don't come round during certain hours of the day so they can be productive. That is down to the individual. Anyone that is struggling with productivity needs to assess what is going wrong and find a solution that suits them.

    I am glad you have found your answer and productivity is growing, hopefully, you get to a level where you can afford the office you desire soon, but make sure you have the consistency first so you aren't adding extra pressure o yourself worrying about the extra costs to run your business. Good luck.
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  • ya thats nice idea, when you work from the office you will learn new techniques also.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Kreethika Solanki View Post

      ya thats nice idea, when you work from the office you will learn new techniques also.
      Really? And just why do you believe that???
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      Originally Posted by GamesBX2018 View Post

      Thank you for what you said to all
      I have had a good semester here, I will come back when I can
      I hope everything will come to me as I am here
      GamesBX
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  • Profile picture of the author toydistrict
    Like others have mentioned, it does really come down to discipline.

    I run my businesses from my bedroom without any issues.

    I can't really see myself working from public spaces - I'd be constantly looking to see if anyone was looking at my computer screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pamela123
    hahaha... I appreciate that because I have also faced the same thing while doing online work in my home. I felt uncomfortable when someone entered my room at the time of working. Maximums do not want to give importance to the work when they watch me working at the home. Actually, public place or office is better than home to do professional work . Because home is not the perfect place for performing this action rather there is a perfect environment in an office.
    So, I also think that in order to work smartly, an office is a must.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Pamela123 View Post

      So, I also think that in order to work smartly, an office is a must.
      Somehow, I believe that the millions of people that work from home successfully, will disagree with your statement.

      Just because you are unable to accomplish something you shouldn't assume that no one else can.
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      • Profile picture of the author Pamela123
        I have also the experience of working at home. I felt comfortable with the homely environment. But, for running work, home is not the absolute place I think because always working environment does not exist in a home. I know that many people are working from home successfully and I have also worked that have mentioned above . But, to do work smartly and mainly to get the acknowledgment of your work, you need to work in a public place that means in an office.
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  • Profile picture of the author kohjihondrade
    It's all about discipline. Yes there are a lot of distractions. But for me, the PROs outweigh the CONs of working at home.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    This is one of those situations where being a nocturnal misanthrope is an advantage.

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  • Profile picture of the author PPG19
    There will be no offices in the future for many professions if not the majority of them. Many companies are already hiring only full time remote teams. Companies like Zapier and Trello hire remotely and more and more will follow. I think when done right and using the right tools remote work can be even more productive and efficient.
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    Nothing like cuddling up in bed with your better half with 2 covers fully drawn over your body on a cold autumn day writing a good 1,000 word blog post or two

    Almost better than sex with my BF
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