Running your own business from the comfort of your own home offers unknown freedom – but it does come with serious challenges to consider. Whether you’re surrounded by distracting kids or are running out of space to store your products, the home office can come with drawbacks. Regardless, the world of home-run businesses is thriving. And with our carefully selected tips, your business can thrive too.
Putting your best face forward means more than simply dressing the part. If you’re looking to win a big pitch, or on-board a new client, you’ll want to give the impression that you’re competent, professional and experienced. Sometimes this is as simple as meeting on neutral territory (i.e. a café), but putting in the extra effort to impress can go a long way.
Hiring a meeting room for an hour or two can provide you with the resources you need to really provide that ‘wow’ factor. Whether you need multimedia devices to deliver a presentation, or simply want to give an air of professionalism, leaving your home office for a corporate office can make all the difference. Take a look at some of the spaces available on Lence. Lencing a space for an afternoon could make the difference and secure that long-term partnership.
Many small businesses run online stores from home, which means having easy access to stock. Whether you make your own products from home or import them from overseas, eventually the spare room won’t cut it for storage. This is especially true as your business grows. However, renting a warehouse can be expensive and inefficient.
Why not Lence spare space in someone else’s warehouse? It’s a much more cost-effective solution. Plus, it could provide you with the flexibility you need to scale your space up or down depending on seasonal demand, business growth, or delivery schedules.
Or, if you’ve found the perfect warehouse already, but your business isn’t quite big enough to make use of the whole space, you could be a Lenceor. Share your space with another biz and don’t shoulder the cost of an area of the building you’re not using.
When you work from home, it’s not quite possible to ‘never bring your work home with you’. That’s why it’s important to develop strategies that allow you to properly switch off at the end of a long day. Or, alternatively, develop strategies that help you kick into gear when you’re struggling to get into the right work headspace.
Having a designated work space can help with this. If you don’t have a home study, you could dedicate a corner of your living room solely to work. That means that when you’re in that spot you focus on that task, and when you leave you’re allowed to stop thinking about work. (And try never to do work in your bedroom!)
Sometimes, however, the only way to get stuff done is to get out of the house. Lencing an office space for a few days a week can help you get into the work rhythm. It doesn’t have to be all the time, but knowing that you have the flexibility leave home and focus on work could be exactly what you need to get the job done.