Work from Home to Office
Almost every article I’ve ever read or published on working from home deals with the transition from “office to work from home“, expounding the many benefits of working from home. This contributed post deals with exactly the opposite: “work from home to office“.
And I understand why, because… while I agree there are many benefits to working from home, there are drawbacks too.
Just throwing out a few examples:
- The minute you get a call from a client your little one needs your attention.
- You have to keep your home neat and tidy at all times in case a client drops by
- It can get lonely being a one-woman band
- And how about when your business explodes? At some point, it simply makes sense to start building a team around you which means you’ll need more space (and some privacy at home).
Whatever the reason you’ve decided to head out of the house and back to an office, here’s everything you’ll need to consider before you take that leap of faith. #WorkFromHometoOffice
A Complete Guide To Transitioning from Working From Home To Your Very Own Office
Working from home can be empowering because you’re able to work alongside other commitments in your life, you don’t have far to travel to work and you can even work in your jammies if you wish!
However, working from home can quickly become crippling because you may find it difficult to switch off from work mode. You may find yourself worrying about work when in fact, you should be enjoying time with your family instead.
So, if you’re thinking of having your very own office, take a look at this complete guide on how you can do it as smoothly as possible!
Finding Business Premises
First things first, you will need to look into where your new work premises is going to be. It’s a good idea to do some thorough research into what kind of property you should be renting. If your work is mainly computer based, then an office might be the perfect location. However, if your business is more hands-on, it might be a good idea to rent a commercial property so that you’ve got the space and the means to accelerate your business even further.
Planning Your Move
Once you’ve settled on a new location to run your business from, it’s now time to think about the time that you’ll lose while you’re making the transition. If you’re working from home currently, it’s likely that you’ll need at least a few days to get everything set up and ready for your grand reopening.
It’s wise to let your customers know beforehand of your plans so that they can make adjustments to how they contact you for your products/services. Letting them know will also mean that there won’t be any disappointed customers during the days that you are closed.
Decorating Your New Office
You will also need to think about the decoration and layout of your new premises, especially if your customers or clients will be visiting you on location. Think about having a sign made, colour schemes, layouts, and also lighting.
Try to think about what you’d like to see if you were to walk into your business for the first time as a customer and mould your new premises around it.
Equipping Your New Office
It might also be a good idea to invest in some new equipment and machinery to help your business run smoother. This is the perfect opportunity to use your transition as a chance to expand your business as well.
Expanding Your Business
It’s time to dig out those long-term business plans for the future and see if you can put any of it into play!
Marketing Your Business
From there on out, you need to concentrate on marketing your business, creating special offers for your customers to entice them in, and generally enjoying your transition to having your very own office. Good luck with your move.
What’s your reason for making the transition from work from home to office? Is your business expanding or are you just in sore need of some work-life balance?