Home VS Office... Your Verdict?

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Hey Warriors,

Where do you prefer to work when you are working on your offline business?
(This mainly applies to full timers)

So... Office or Home?

I personally find that working in an office is highly beneficial!

having a time to start work and removing myself from where I live not only makes me get up off of my lazy ass, but separates my work from my home.

I could easily have a lie in.. and not get up early to make my way into the office and grab a shower etc..

It allows me to focus much better too!

They both have pro's and cons... Working from home means there's less overheads, no travelling etc...

I guess it's personal preference... But What do you think?

Cheers,

Craig

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  • Profile picture of the author rjames
    I'm a home guy myself. I did the office thing for years before becoming a full-time IMer...I think my disdain for going to the office stems from my previous life though...lol
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    • Profile picture of the author craig crawford
      Haha, I guess! I used to work outdoors... So I guess it was nice to get into an office!! mmmmmm warm! lol
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      • Profile picture of the author vickybabe
        I think that a big part of it depends on whether you have employees or not, obviously sitting at home is way more comfy, but i find that i am not very productive at home. I am looking into an office at the moment. I too was an outdoor worker, so the comforts of an office are appealing
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Home.

          I started doing this so that I wouldn't ever have to go to an office.
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          • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
            Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

            Home.

            I started doing this so that I wouldn't ever have to go to an office.
            This is pretty much my answer too.

            I don't have annoying bosses looking over my shoulder when I work.
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            • Profile picture of the author PeterKnight
              At some point I will get a private office that is not part of the house, because it is a bit easier to prevent 'people' distractions. But if you make a lousy boss to yourself, I think you'll suck in an office or at home regardless. The internet is a distraction machine thirsty for your attention.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      At home, in an office. And, I do not mean that the office is the couch or the kitchen table. I mean a separate space out of the way. My first "Home Office" was in the basement. I bought some room dividers. The type used in large offices to create cubicles and made my office that way. It works for me.

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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Originally Posted by craig crawford View Post

    I personally find that working in an office is highly beneficial!

    having a time to start work and removing myself from where I live not only makes me get up off of my lazy ass, but separates my work from my home.

    I could easily have a lie in.. and not get up early to make my way into the office and grab a shower etc..
    Couldn't have said it better, myself.
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    • Profile picture of the author RimaNaj2011
      I work from home or go somewhere like panera bread. I wouldn't want to work in an office setting.
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  • Profile picture of the author ahlexis
    If you find yourself having trouble maintaining focus because you are working from home, try setting up a separate out-of-the-way part of your home as your "office". And make sure you keep "office hours" and work during your scheduled workday. That means if friends call, tell them you're working right now and that you'll have to get back with them later.

    If that does not work for you, try getting up and getting dressed like you are going to an office, at the same time every work day for at least a week. Then actually get in your car and drive around the block to "go to work"!

    It sounds funny but it brings discipline back if you are struggling with it.

    I used to have an office, yet for some reason managed to get more work done at home anyway. So do not make the mistake of assuming that because you have an office that you will automatically be more productive. The only thing that you can rationally assume if you go and get an office is that you will have higher overhead of the office lease to pay!

    I agree with Alexa, though. For me the point of this is to NOT have to go to an office.
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  • Profile picture of the author craig crawford
    I see it like a home gym...

    When I had the option to get in my gym at home... I rarely did anything! But in a different atmosphere, I went hell for leather

    I guess we are all different in that way!
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  • Profile picture of the author RKeele
    I like working at home best. However, I have a dedicated office space in my home so I can work productively. Then when I am done for the day I can simply close the door. I love having no commute and being able to work in my pajamas if I want. I just keep in mind that when I am in my office, I am working and not goofing off, that way I will stay productive.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I'm going to rent an office once I sort some things out.

      I'm looking forward to it.

      Right now I work from home or sometimes a food court so I can eat
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Coe
    Coffeshop/Cafe would be my best place to get work done.
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    • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
      Work at home is where it's at. It's not just overhead to rent an office, it's time wasted traveling and rush hour traffic, wear and tear on the car, gasoline and you need to dress a little better than you would if you were just working from home. My favorite outfit is jeans, tennis shoes and a sweatshirt.

      Where I lived before, I had a large dedicated space for my office area. Unfortunately, my present home is smaller and that isn't possible here. There's still no way I would want to trade back to going to a brick and mortar office.

      An office at home lets you work the time you want, even if it is into hours after midnight. I can throw in some laundry and get dinner started and check on it. I'm not going to sit tethered to a chair for 8 hours a day...that's really not good for you. The huge advantages handily outweigh any disadvantages.

      In any event, it's all about what works best for each person.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Not a fan of the home office at all. If I lived alone and never had to talk to anyone I'd be OK with it, but with 3 kids, wife is a stay at home mom, and two dogs, forget it.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    recurring income

    who cares where
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  • Home for sure, coffee shops also work
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    • Profile picture of the author Boricua
      Home
      - Very comfortable (you might see your bed by moving a bit from your seat)
      - No need for a car (a bit extreme)
      - Girl/wife distraction (just realistic here)
      - Fridge temptation (coffee 3 steps away a plus!)
      - You are an alien to your neighboors (mommy & daddy must be paying rent/mortgage or what not even if you're in late 20's or 30's)

      Office
      - Super focus (even if it's state of mind!)
      - Set hours with no phone/email temptations (take a peek at email 11pm?)
      - Public relations (chance to learn something new everyday, entertainment)
      - You set the possible distractions (in the case you've kids/spouse at home?)
      - You are not a hermit (who should really care in your 30's, right?!)

      I think they both have their advantage, I believe its just a matter of your previous years of experience working by yourself or for others that makes you feel uncomfortable going to an office or to actually feel blessed working at home.

      In conclusion I believe it's just about the balance, nothing beats going out and having a great chit-chat out of some good coffee dow
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  • Profile picture of the author devonm
    I love home, this way, I don't have to put up with people's $^$# if I don't have to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    Well, I thank God every day that I work at home.

    However, two things -

    1 - I do not feel that I have an office in my home. 'home office' - I feel that I live at my office.

    2 - You can't go home from the office if you are already home. (It is too easy to work all the time. So I have recently learned how to cut it off after 12 hours - back away from the PC - just say no!)

    Although I hated commuting and considered even a short ride (30 minutes), reserved parking, etc, one of the most stressful things in my career, prior to working from home - I called it unpaid labor - (and not even to mention how much it costs for gas, bridge, lunch, etc out of your own pocket).

    The first thing my son said when I told him I would be working from home alone, was 'great mom, you will get along with your co-workers now' - (lol - there was always at least one @#%#@%# in every office I ever worked in - not to mention the so-called "managers", etc.)

    I do strongly recommend having a space in your home that is JUST your office and keeping it organized as such. (and the IRS agrees).
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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    Home for me - too many advantages to mention and I can do so without the annoying fluorescent lighting.
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    • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
      Originally Posted by waterotter View Post

      Home for me - too many advantages to mention and I can do so without the annoying fluorescent lighting.
      Absolutely, that fluorescent lighting was really hard on your eyes.
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  • Profile picture of the author bluecoyotemedia
    for all the negatives working from home.. the positive reasons are just too overwhelming. I get the gift of interacting with my son who is 2 now every day..

    when I go and refill my cup of coffee I steal 10 min and pay with him.

    its been a wonderful experience
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